NAVAL BASE - PORTSMOUTH
base to surface ships, notably Type 45 Destroyers and Type 23
Frigates. Currently the base for HMS Illustrious, it will be the home
base for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales when these vessels
enter service. Portsmouth also hosts Navy Command Headquarters.
Other Functions: Fleet Headquarters Commander-in-Chief Home Command organisation.
HM NAVAL BASE
Largest naval base in Western Europe with five dry docks, 25
tidal berths, five basins and over 5,000 annual ship movements. Home
port for Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSNs), Large Assault Ships, Some
Type 23 Frigates, Hydrographic Ships.
Functions: Also home to Flag Officer Sea
Training and the RN Hydrographic School.
NAVAL BASE - CLYDE (FASLANE)
Home base to UKís Nuclear Deterrent
Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). Also base to SSNs and minewarfare
Functions: HMS Caledonia at Rosyth
provides support for naval personnel standing by ships and
submarines in refit at HM Naval Base, Clyde. All Royal Navy
submarines will be based at Faslane by 2017.
STATION - YEOVILTON (HMS HERON)
Home base to RN, naval helicopter squadrons and other fixed wing
aircraft. Yeovilton operates over 100 aircraft of different types
that include Sea Kings, and Lynx (Wildcat in the future). Yeovilton
also trains aircrew and engineers of resident aircraft types. RN
Fighter Controller School trains ground and airborne AEW
controllers. Nearly 4,000 uniformed and civilian personnel work at
RNAS Yeovilton that also hosts the Royal Naval Historic Flight and
the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Nearly 4,000 uniformed and
civilian personnel work at RNAS Yeovilton that also hosts the Royal
Naval Historic Flight and the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
RN AIR STATION - CULDROSE
RNAS Culdrose supports the Anti- Submarine Warfare and Airborne
Early Warning helicopter squadrons of the Royal Navy equipped with both
Merlin and Sea Kings. Eight Naval Air Squadrons are based at RNAS
Culdrose, both front line and training Squadrons. The largest helicopter
base in Europe with about 75 aircraft.
Functions: Responsible for the Operational and Advanced Flying Training of
helicopter pilots, observers and aircrewmen.
As a DE&S facility, HMS Caledoniaís role is to provide support services
to both the Royal Navy and the MoD in the East of Scotland. As stated
previously HMS Caledonia supports the requirements of personnel operating
on RN vessels from HM Naval Base Clyde.
BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE (BRNC)
The principal function of the College is the training of young
officers for service in the Royal Navy. A large number of students from
friendly Navies are also trained here.
A variety of other course are undertaken including leadership and
teambuilding Programmes, seamanship, navigation and other naval subjects.
Collingwood is the lead establishment of the Maritime Warfare School (MWS)
and the largest naval training centre in Western Europe. The MWS is a
federated training establishment incorporating HMS Excellent, the Defence
Diving School, the RN Physical Training School, the School of Hydrography
and Meteorology in Plymouth and the Royal Marines School of Music in
Portsmouth Naval Base. Other units at HMS Collingwood include the Royal
Navy Leadership Academy, Fleet Intelligence Centre and the Maritime
At any one time the MWS
is training about 10 per cent of the Royal Navy and has an annual
throughput of about 3,000 Officers and Ratings, both regular and
HMS Excellent (Portsmouth)
HMS Excellent hosts the Navy Command Headquarters and delivers a range
of different training functions under the direction of the MWS (HMS
Collingwood). These include damage control and fire fighting and harbour
training on board HMS Bristol (an obsolete destroyer permanently moored
at Portsmouth) for RNR personnel, cadet forces and youth organisations.
HMS Raleigh (Torpoint)
HMS Raleigh is the initial entry training establishment for all junior
ratings entering the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve. About 2,500
people work in the Establishment and a New Entry of around 80-90 ratings
join most weeks of the year. New Entry rating generally undertake a ten
week course before moving on to specialist training. HMS Raleigh is also
the base for the Sea Cadet Training Centre and the Band of HM Royal
HMS Raleigh also provides professional courses in military training,
seamanship, logistics and submarine operations as well as vital training
for ships' team preparing for operational deployments.
HMS Sultan (Gosport)
HMS Sultan is the home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE)
and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS) whose
primary function is to supply the Fleet with engineering Officers and
Ratings of the highest quality.
Training of Marine and Air Engineers of Foreign and Commonwealth Navies
is also undertaken. Large numbers of officer and rating students are
trained annually e.g. the Ship Systems Group alone has a throughput of
some 1,000 students per year.
HMS Temeraire (Portsmouth)
HMS Temeraire houses the staff of the
Directorate of Naval Physical Development and hosts the Royal Naval
School of Physicial Training and the Fleet Recreation Centre.
HMS GANNET (PRESTWICK)
HMS Gannet hosts a flight of search and rescue Sea King helicopters from
the Fleet Air Armís 771 Naval Air Squadron.
COMMANDO TRAINING CENTRE ROYAL MARINES (CTCRM)
All Royal Marines are required to undergo what is recognised as one of
the longest and most demanding infantry training courses in the world.
This is undertaken at the CTCRM at Lympstone in UKís West Country, not
far from Dartmoor.
CTCRM selects and trains all Royal Marines Officers, recruits and
reserves to deploy directly on operations world-wide. Between them the
three training wings run more than 300 courses per year catering for
over 3,000 students.