Naval base

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The French Navy has a flotilla based in Réunion, comprising (from left to right on the photo): the Southern patrol ship Albatros, the frigate Floréal, the P400 class patrol vessels La Rieuse and La Boudeuse and the patrol boat of the Gendarmerie Navale Jonquille, the BATRAL La Grandière and the Garonne, behind the CIGH22 tank, and the swift boat Vétiver (outside the water).

A naval base or navy base (military port) is a military base, where warships (navy ships) and naval ships are docked when they have no mission at sea or want to restock. Usually ships may also perform some minor repairs. Some naval bases are temporary homes to aircraft that usually stay on the ships but are undergoing maintenance while the ship is in port.

Often the station is merely a grouping of ships whose missions were coordinated by the senior ship.[1]


  1. ^ p. 128 Garrett, Richard J. The Defences of Macau: Forts, Ships and Weapons over 450 Years Hong Kong University Press, 1 Mar 2010