ROYAL NAVY SPECIALIST TRAINING ESTABLISHMENTS/SCHOOLS
- Derived from C.A.F.O. 240 (February 1941) -
Updated 17-Feb-2008

The following is a list of Royal Navy training establishment that were active in early 1941. Right now this document is limited only to Feb 1941, but we hope to eventually expand it to cover the entire period of 1904 through 1945.

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Gunnery
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Excellent.”

Gunnery School.

H.M.S. “Excellent,” Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

H.M. Gunnery School, Devonport.

Gunnery School.

H.M. Gunnery School, Devonport.

Plymouth Command.

Anti-Aircraft Gunnery School, Ainsdale-on-Sea.

A.A. Training.

A.A. Gunnery School, Ainsdale-on-Sea, Southport.

Western Approaches Command.

H.M. Gunnery School, Chatham

Gunnery School.

H.M. Gunnery School, Chatham.

Nore Command.

Close Range A.A. Training Establishment, Scapa.

Close Range A.A. Training

Northern A.A. Range, Stromness, Orkneys.

Orkneys and Shetlands Command.

H.M.S. “Canopus.”

Training of 3rd Class Gunnery Rates.

H.M.S. “Canopus,” Ras el Tin, Alexandria.

Mediterranean Command.

 
Torpedo
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Vernon”

Torpedo School.

H.M.S. “Vernon,” Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

H.M.S. “St. Vincent.”

(a) Vide Section (VII).
(b) Vide Section (VII).
(c) Training of S.T.s and wiremen (L).

H.M.S. “St. Vincent,” Gosport, Hants.

Portsmouth Command.

H.M.S. “Defiance.”

Torpedo School.

H.M.S. “Defiance,” Devonport.

Plymouth Command.

H.M. Torpedo School, Chatham.

Torpedo School.

H.M. Torpedo School, Chatham.

Nore Command.

 
Signals
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M. Signal School, Portsmouth.

Signal School.

H.M. Signal School, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

H.M. Signal School, Devonport.

Signal School.

H.M. Signal School,  R.N. Barracks, Devonport.

Plymouth Command.

H.M. Signal School, Chatham.

Signal School.*

H.M. Signal School,  R.N. Barracks,  Chatham.

Nore Command.

 
Navigation
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Dryad.”

Navigation School.

H.M.S. “Dryad,” Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command

 
Anti-Submarine
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Osprey.”

Main A/S School (including Harbour Defence Training School).

H.M.S. “Osprey,” Dunoon, Argyllshire.

Western Approaches Command.

H.M.S. “Nimrod”

A/S School

H.M.S. “Nimrod,” Campbeltown, Argyllshire.

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H.M.S. “Southern Isles.”  (based at Campbeltown and tender to H.M.S. “Nimrod”).

A/S training ship for sea training for classes from H.M.S. “Osprey.”

H.M.S. “Southern Isles,” c/o G.P.O.

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H.M.S. “Seahawk.”  (Tender to H.M.S. “Nimrod”).

School for A/S boat training.

H.M.S. “Seahawk,”  Ardrishaig, Argyllshire.

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H.M.S. “Western Isles.” (Based at Tobermory, Mull).

A/S training ship, for working up A/S vessels.

H.M.S. “Western Isles,” c/o G.P.O.

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H.M.S. “Eastern Isles.”

A/S training ship.

H.M.S. “Eastern Isles,” c/o G.P.O.

(Undecided)

 
Physical Training
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.P. and R.T. School, Portsmouth

P. and R.T. School.

H.M. P. and R.T. School, Pitt Street, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

 
Submarines
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Dolphin.”

Submarine School.

H.M.S. “Dolphin,” Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

 
Photographic School
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M. Photographic School, Tipner.

Photographic School.

H.M. Photographic School, Tipner, near Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

 
Coastal Forces
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “St. Christopher.”

Central training base for Officers and crews of all Coastal Forces Craft, including M.T.B.s, M.A./S.B.s, M.G.B.s, S.G.B.s, M.L.s, H.D.M.L.s.

H.M.S. “St. Christopher,” Fort William.

Rear Admiral, Coastal Forces.

 
Boom Defence
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

H.M.S. “Rooke.”

Central Training Base for Officers and men for Boom Defence.

H.M.S. “Rooke,” Rosyth.

Rosyth Command.

 
Allied Personnel Training Establishments
Establishment. Function. Address. Command.

French battleship “Courbet.”

Training French  Officers and ratings.

French battleship “Courbet,” Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Command.

O.P.R. “Gdynia.”

Training Polish Officers and ratings.

O.R.P. “Gdynia,” Devonport.

Plymouth Command

Enys House, Penryn.

Dutch Cadet College.

Enys House, Penryn, Near Falmouth.

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S.S. “Stuyvesant.”

Training Dutch ratings.

S.S. “Stuyvesant,” Holyhead.

Western Approaches Command.

H.M.S. “Royal Arthur.”

(a) Vide Section (IV).
(b) Training of Allied ratings.

H.M.S. “Royal Arthur,” Skegness, Lincs.

Nore Command.