Marchwood Military Port (MMP), situated on 289 acres of land on the western side of Southampton Water opposite Southampton Docks, was built in 1943 to aid in the D-Day assault on Normandy in 1944. Today Marchwood is operated by 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC whose role is to load and discharge service or civilian shipping in support of military administration, exercises and operations world wide.
The site is the sole military port in U.K. and provides the training ground for Army port and maritime personnel. It is the home port for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Landing Ship Logistic (LSL) and army vessels run by the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC). In addition, HQ Solent Station and 17 Port and Maritime Regt Wksp REME are based there. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary's six landing ships (incl the Sir Tristram and the Sir Galahad are military versions of the roll-on-roll-off ferry used for holidays.
Marchwood, Hythe and Calshot are located in an area known as the Waterside. The Waterside is situated on the edge of the New Forest, which nestles between Southampton and Bournemouth. There are several beaches, ranging from stoney (Calshot), to pure sand at Boscombe, Bournemouth and Christchurch.
The Regimental Restaurant (St Georges), Sgts & WO's Mess and Officers Mess now have the new Pay as you dine facility. Families are welcome to use the Gymnasium, squash courts and Army Learning Centre in McMullen Barracks.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, Army website, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us.