HMS Collingwood (shore establishment)

HMS Collingwood is a stone frigate (shore establishment) of the Royal Navy, in Fareham, England. 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
Entrance to HMS Collingwood
Active1940 – present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
RoleNaval training
Part ofFlag Officer Sea Training
Motto(s)Ferar unus et idem (Latin: "I shall carry on regardless")

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.[5]

Battle honours for the name are Jutland 1916 and Atlantic 1941–1944.[5] The motto is Ferar unus et idem (Latin: "I shall carry on regardless").[5]

The establishment is also home to the Royal Naval Cadets of HMS Collingwood Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps.[6]


  1. HMS Collingwood - A History Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine HMS Collingwood Officers' Association.
  2. MOD Website - HMS Collingwood Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. MOD Website - HMS Collingwood History Archived 2007-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. MOD Website - Maritime Warfare School Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Royal Navy HMS Collingwood Maritime Warfare School Shore Establishment". Periscope Films. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  6. "HMS Collingwood". Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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