HMS Sultan (establishment)

HMS Sultan is a shore base of the Royal Navy in Gosport, Hampshire, England. It is the primary engineering training establishment for the Royal Navy. It is also home to the Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme and the EDF Energy engineering maintenance apprenticeship. It is expected that HMS Sultan will close by 2029.

HMS Sultan
Gosport, Hampshire in England
Caledonia Gate to HMS Sultan
HMS Sultan
Shown within Hampshire
Coordinates50°48′10″N 001°09′39″W
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Navy
Site history
Built1914 (1914)
In use1914–1945
1945–1956
1956–present
Airfield information
Elevation7 metres (23 ft) AMSL

History

The site was originally RAF Gosport it was then transferred to the Royal Navy during 1945 as HMS Siskin (Hence a nearby school being named Siskin School) it was then renamed HMS Sultan on 1 June 1956 when the airfield side was closed down and a Mechanical Repair Establishment was moved here from the Flathouse area by Portsmouth Dockyard.[1]

A Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, indicated that the Ministry of Defence intend on disposing of HMS Sultan by 2026. It was proposed that Submarine Engineer Training would move to HM Naval Base Clyde in 2024, Mechanical Engineering Training to HMS Collingwood in 2025 and the Admiralty Interview Board to HM Naval Base Portsmouth in 2026.[2] However, in March 2019 the Ministry of Defence announced that closure would be delayed to 2029.[3]

Units posted to HMS Sultan

The following squadrons were posted here at some point:

The following units were posted here at some point:

  • No. 1 AACU ‘H’ Flight.[29]
  • No. 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Flight.[29]
  • No. 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit.[29]
  • No. 1 RS.[29]
  • No. 1 School of Special Flying.[29]
  • No. 1 Sqn RNAS.[29]
  • No. 2 AACU.[29]
  • No. 2 AACU ‘A’ Flight.[29]
  • No. 2 AACU ‘B’ Flight.[29]
  • No. 2 AACU ‘D’ Flight.[29]
  • 7th Wing RFC.[29]
  • No. 8 AACU.[29]
  • No. 10 TS.[29]
  • No. 17 Group Communications Flight.[29]
  • No. 17 (Training) Group.[29]
  • 17th Wing RFC.[29]
  • No. 27 RS.[29]
  • No. 27 TS.[29]
  • No. 55 TS.[29]
  • No. 59 RS.[29]
  • No. 62 RS.[29]
  • No. 70 TS.[29]
  • No. 87 (Canadian) RS.[29]
  • No. 91 (Canadian) RS.[29]
  • No. 163 GS.[29]
  • No. 401 Air Stores Park.[29]
  • No. 420 (Fleet Spotter) Flight.[29]
  • No. 421 (Fleet Spotter) Flight.[29]
  • No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight.[29]
  • No. 442 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight.[29]
  • No. 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight.[29]
  • No. 460 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight.[29]
  • No. 460 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flight.[29]
  • No. 461 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight.[29]
  • No. 461 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flight.[29]
  • No. 462 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight.[29]
  • No. 462 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flight.[29]
  • No. 463 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight.[29]
  • No. 464 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight.[29]
  • No. 1622 (AAC) Flight.[29]
  • Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit.[29]
  • Anti-Aircraft Special Defence Flight.[29]
  • Coast Defence Development Unit.[29]
  • Coastal Battery Co-operation Flight.[29]
  • Coastal Battery Co-operation School.[29]
  • Composite Co-operation Flight.[29]
  • Development Squadron.[29]
  • Fleet Air Arm Maintenance Unit.[29]
  • Observer Training Flight.[29]
  • School of Aerial Co-operation with Coastal Defence Batteries.[29]
  • School of Special Flying.[29]
  • South Western Area Flying Instructors School.[29]
  • Torpedo Development Flight.[29]
  • Torpedo Development Section.[29]
  • Torpedo Development Unit.[29]
  • Torpedo Training Squadron.[29]
  • Torpedo Training Unit.[29]

Current use

It is the primary engineering training establishment for the Royal Navy. It is also home to the Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme and the EDF Energy engineering maintenance apprenticeship.

It is home to:[1]

  • Defence School of Marine Engineering
  • RN Air Engineering and Survival School
  • Nuclear Department
  • HMS Sultan Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps

See also

References

Citations

  1. "History". Royal Navy (RN). Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. "A Better Defence Estate" (PDF). GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. 7 November 2016. p. 15.
  3. "Joy as HMS Sultan closure is put on hold". Portsmouth News. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. Jefford 1988, p. 24.
  5. Jefford 1988, p. 25.
  6. Jefford 1988, p. 26.
  7. Jefford 1988, p. 28.
  8. Jefford 1988, p. 29.
  9. Jefford 1988, p. 31.
  10. Jefford 1988, p. 32.
  11. Jefford 1988, p. 34.
  12. Jefford 1988, p. 35.
  13. Jefford 1988, p. 38.
  14. Jefford 1988, p. 39.
  15. Jefford 1988, p. 41.
  16. Jefford 1988, p. 43.
  17. Jefford 1988, p. 44.
  18. Jefford 1988, p. 48.
  19. Jefford 1988, p. 49.
  20. Jefford 1988, p. 51.
  21. Jefford 1988, p. 53.
  22. Jefford 1988, p. 66.
  23. Jefford 1988, p. 70.
  24. Jefford 1988, p. 73.
  25. Jefford 1988, p. 75.
  26. Jefford 1988, p. 77.
  27. Jefford 1988, p. 99.
  28. Jefford 1988, p. 104.
  29. "Gosport (Fort Grange)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

Bibliography

  • Jefford, C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
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