Top base commander hands over the reins of HMS Collingwood

HANDOVER Commodore Mike Mansergh shakes hands with Captain Steve Dainton
HANDOVER Commodore Mike Mansergh shakes hands with Captain Steve Dainton
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THE top man in charge of the navy base in Fareham has handed the job on.

Commodore Mike Mansergh CBE was the commanding officer of HMS Collingwood and commodore of the Maritime Warfare School.

He said: ‘It has been a huge privilege and great honour to have commanded such a fine establishment. The combined military and civilian team works so well to prepare trainees at every level for operations on the front line and to support the many different units.

‘Impressive progress continues to be made within the Maritime Warfare School, developing first class training in a modern learning environment, with highly sophisticated training facilities.

‘I look forward to continuing supporting this work in my role as commander operational training.’

Cdre Mansergh has handed over the 200-acre base to Captain Steve Dainton CBE, former chief of staff of the Maritime Warfare School.

He also handed over the responsibility for running the wider aspects of the MWS, including the training elements of HMS Excellent, HMS Temeraire and the Defence Diving School.

Cdre Mansergh will still be at HMS Collingwood in his new role as Commander Operational Training.

He will have a link to tri-service training providers.