Definition of home port in US English:

home port


  • The port from which a ship originates or in which it is registered.

    • ‘Sailors in HMS Sutherland used their spare time during a global deployment to raise thousands of pounds for charities in the ship's home port of Plymouth.’
    • ‘Beer cans popped and cheers rang out as five whaling ships returned to their home ports after weeks away in the waters of the North Pacific.’
    • ‘Patrol ship HMS Dumbarton Castle has made a rare visit to her home port.’
    • ‘Survey ship HMS Bulldog has completed her final deployment, and sailed into her home port of Devonport flying her decommissioning pennant after 33 years of service.’
    • ‘A flotilla of more than 50 boats, yachts and lifeboats surrounded the magnificent ship as it sailed majestically into its home port.’
    • ‘HMS Coventry took over in the Caribbean from HMS Sheffield at the end of July, and should be back in her home port of Devonport at the end of the year.’
    • ‘Hmas Anzac recently returned to its home port at Fleet Base West after spending four-and-a-half months away.’
    • ‘It is a source of pride to see the Celtic Explorer alongside the quay in her home port of Galway.’
    • ‘HMS Cornwall put to sea for the first time in almost a year as her refit in her home port of Devonport came to a close.’
    • ‘On Friday more than 80,000 people watched the replica enter the harbour in Whitby, the home port of Captain Cook's original Endeavour.’
    • ‘HMS Bulldog left her home port of Plymouth in January for surveys in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Arabia.’
    • ‘Normally based at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney, it will still be several months before the 11 sailors reach their home port.’
    • ‘She is due back in her home port of Portsmouth in March.’
    • ‘HMS Sheffield has set sail from her home port of Plymouth and is steering a course for sunnier climes at the start of a six-month deployment to the Caribbean.’
    • ‘The destroyer has now returned to her home port of Portsmouth, and is undergoing preparations for a docking and maintenance period which will last throughout the summer.’
    • ‘Both of the ships have Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, as their home port, because that's where the Pacific fleet is based.’
    • ‘Several of the Navy's biggest warships, plus their escorts, are due back in their home ports this week at the end of a series of exercises in the United States.’
    • ‘The ship has completed three intensive work periods in South Georgia and on the Antarctic Peninsula since she sailed from her home port in October last year.’
    • ‘Thousands were expected to flock to the shores of the Solent and Southampton Water to watch a moment in history as the two passenger liners berth in their home port together for the first time.’
    • ‘The ship and crew left its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, in January for an unscheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.’


home port

/ˈhōm ˌpôrt/