History has been made as all four of the Royal Navy’s major training establishments are under the command of women for the first time ever. Captain Johanna ‘Jo’ Deakin has assumed command of HMS Sultan in Gosport, the home of Royal Navy Marine and Air Engineering, and becomes the establishment’s first female Commanding Officer. The… Read More
Who is Sarah Oakley?
Introduction Captain Sarah Ellen Oakley (born February 1973) is a British Royal Navy officer, currently serving as Commanding officer of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In the Iraq War, Oakley worked in oil platform protection. Her first command was HMS Mersey, on fisheries protection duties, her second HMS Clyde, based in the Falkland Islands.… Read More
50 Years On, HMS Collingwood Training New Sailors Again
For the ﬁrst time in more than 50 years civilians have begun their Royal Navy careers at HMS Collingwood. Over ten weeks, 22 men and women will complete their initial training at the Fareham establishment – the ﬁrst of 500 civilians to be turned into sailors at Collingwood in 2021. The base is meeting a… Read More
Royal Navy Recruit Influx & Training Delivery Changes
Regulars In January 2021, Royal Navy (RN) recruits began training at HMS Collingwood for the first time in decades, and this is down to a response to both the growing RN and a surge in interest in joining up during the COVID-19 pandemic. As 2020 ended, applications to join the RN, Royal Marines (RM) and… Read More
BRNC Trains Second Batch of Sailors
Officer Cadets at Dartmouth passed the ﬁrst milestone of their 29-week course as the second group of ratings to train at Britannia Royal Naval College embark on their course. The OCs’ exercise, known as Havoc, takes place in their ﬁfth week and marks a signiﬁcant point in the steep learning-curve in their training. Havoc tests… Read More
Royal Navy & Royal Marines Training Praised by Ofsted
Outstanding. That is the verdict of Ofsted inspectors on the welfare, training and support Scotland’s largest military base provides for the submarines of tomorrow. HM Naval Base Clyde – home of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Flotilla – was singled out for praise by Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, following visits by her teams to more… Read More
New Gym for BRNC
A £9m fitness complex has been completed at the Britannia Royal Naval College and handed over to the Royal Navy to fit out. The first fitness lessons took place in October 2020 and while civilians making the transition to naval officer will be the principal users, a second batch of ratings training at Dartmouth to… Read More
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