HMS Collingwood (shore establishment)

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Coordinates: 50°50′17″N 1°10′59″W / 50.838°N 1.183°W / 50.838; -1.183 For ships of the same name see HMS Collingwood.

HMS Collingwood is a stone frigate (shore establishment) of the Royal Navy. It is the lead establishment of the Maritime Warfare School and the largest naval training organisation in Western Europe. The Maritime Warfare School 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.[1] [2]

HMS Collingwood gained its name from Lord Collingwood, a distinguished admiral at the turn of the 19th century. The current shore establishment was commissioned as the fourth HMS Collingwood on 10 January 1940, initially to instruct "hostilities only" ratings of the seaman branch. Wireless telegraphy ratings started their training in June 1940, and a radio direction finding school was added in 1942. In 1946 Collingwood took over the training of both officers and ratings in the maintenance of all electrical and radio equipment in the fleet, except that of the Fleet Air Arm.[3]

The Maritime Warfare School was formed in January 2002 as part of the British Government's Defence Training Review with, in particular, the transfer in of training previously undertaken at HMS Dryad.[4]

In spring 2007 the Maritime Warfare Centre relocated to HMS Collingwood from HMS Dryad (now the tri-service establishment Southwick Park) and Portsdown Technology Park. The Maritime Warfare Centre is spearheading the Royal Navy's aspirations regarding enhanced operational knowledge exploitation.

Battle honours for the name are Jutland 1916 and Atlantic 1941-1944.

The motto is Ferar unus et idem (Latin: "I shall carry on regardless").

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMS Collingwood - A History HMS Collingwood Officers' Association.
  2. ^ MOD Website - HMS Collingwood
  3. ^ MOD Website - HMS Collingwood History
  4. ^ MOD Website - Maritime Warfare School