A winters day at HMS Collingwood and new entrants on drill training.
A winters day at HMS Collingwood and new entrants on drill training.

12 memories from Royal Navy's HMS Collingwood over the years

The Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood in Fareham is the lead establishment of the Maritime Warfare School and the largest naval training organisation in Western Europe.

By Deborah Croker
Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 10:50 am

HMS Collingwood was named after Lord Collingwood, a distinguished admiral at the turn of the 19th century.

The current shore establishment was commissioned as the fourth HMS Collingwood in January 1940, initially to instruct ‘hostilities only’ ratings. 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.

The Maritime Warfare School was formed in January 2002 and in 2007, the Maritime Warfare Centre relocated to HMS Collingwood. It is also home to the Royal Naval Cadets of HMS Collingwood Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps.

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