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This is a list of shore establishments (or "stone frigates") of the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve.

Current Royal Navy shore establishments

Naval bases

Air stations

Training establishments


Defence Munitions Centres

Formerly Royal Naval Armaments Depot and formally elements of Defence Equipment and Support.

Testing establishments

  • Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (HMS Vulcan) (Dounreay, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland)

De facto shore establishments

  • Sembawang dockyard in the former HMNB Singapore (HMS Sembawang) still has RN personnel based in a building in what is now a civilian dockyard. This RN presence was retained when British Forces withdrew from Singapore in 1971, and US Navy and Five Powers Defence Arrangements ships that use this dockyard (except for those of the Republic of Singapore Navy itself) are all fuelled by the UK Ministry of Defence Fuels Group.[1]

Current Royal Marines establishments

Significant RM presences are also located in:

Current Royal Naval Reserve units and establishments

The modern RNR has fourteen Royal Naval Reserve Units (with 6 satellite units). These are:

Former shore establishments

Former naval bases

Former air stations

Former Royal Naval Hospitals

Former Royal Naval Hospitals

  • RNH Bermuda.
  • RNH Bighi, Malta
  • RNH Gibraltar, Gibraltar
  • RNH Gillingham, in Medway, Kent
  • RNH Greenwich, in London
  • RNH Haslar, Gosport, England
  • RNH Mauritius
  • RNH Mtarfa, Malta
  • RNH Plymouth, known as Stonehouse, Devonport, England
  • RNH Portland, Dorset.
  • RNH Simon's Town, South Africa
  • RNH Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. - now Ruttonjee Hospital
  • RNH Trincomalee, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)



  • HMS Abastor, Tilbury
  • HMS Abatos, the bombed-out Supermarine factory, Woolston, Southampton[3]
  • HMS Afrikander, Base depot ship, Simon's Town, South Africa
  • HMS Aggressive, Coastal Forces Motor Launch (ML) and Steam Gun Boat base, Newhaven, East Sussex
  • HMS Allenby, Combined Operations base, Folkestone
  • HMS Ambrose, Headquarters of 9th Submarine Flotilla (1940–1946), Dundee, Scotland
  • HMS Anderson, listening station of the Far East Combined Bureau, Colombo, Ceylon
  • HMS Ararat (later HMS Brontosaurus), Combined Training Centre, Castle Toward, Toward, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Arbella, Combined Operations Landing Craft Training Establishment, Boston, Lincolnshire
  • HMS Appledore, Combined Operations base and training establishment, Fremington Camp, Fremington, Devon
  • HMS Appledore II, Combined Operations base, Ilfracombe
  • HMS Ariel (formerly HMS Kestrel), RNAS Worthy Down, Winchester, Hampshire
  • HMS Armanillo, Combined Operations RN Beach Commando training centre, Glenfinnart, Scotland
  • HMS Atlantic Isle, U-boat monitoring station, Tristan da Cunha during WWII[4]
  • HMS Attack, Coastal Forces MLs and storage, RN Dockyard, Portland
  • HMS Badger, HQ of Flag Officer Harwich and Coastal Forces base (1939–1946), Harwich
  • HMS Beaver II, Coastal Forces MLs, Immingham
  • HMS Bee, Coastal Forces MLs working up base, Weymouth (1942–1943), then Holyhead, Wales (1943–1945)
  • HMS Beehive, Coastal Forces MTBs and MGBs, Boomer Hall, Felixstowe, Suffolk
  • HMS Bellerophon, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • HMS Benbow, Trinidad
  • HMS Birnbeck, Secret weapons research and testing (1941–1946), Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare[5]
  • HMS Bluebird III, (formerly HMS Allenby, possibly), Folkestone
  • HMS Boscawen, Naval Police Patrol HQ, Portland, Dorset
  • HMS Britannia III, Coastal Forces Motor Torpedo Boat & Motor Gun Boats, Dartmouth
  • HMS Brontosaurus (formerly HMS Ararat), Combined Operations landing craft crew training, Castle Toward, Toward, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Cabbala, Training establishment for WRNS W/T operators, at Lowton[6] near Warrington[7]
  • HMS Caledonia, Rosyth, Fife, Scotland
  • HMS Cambridge (1956), Wembury, Devon
  • HMS Caroline (1914), Coastal Forces MLs, Belfast
  • HMS Centurion, Gosport, Hampshire
  • HMS Centurion, Haslemere, Surrey
  • HMS Ceres (formerly HMS Demetrius), Wetherby, Yorkshire
  • HMS Ceres, Leeds, Yorkshire
  • HMS Cicala, Coastal Forces MTBs & MGBs, Dartmouth[8][9]
  • HMS Claverhouse, Coastal Forces MLs, Leith, Scotland
  • HMS Cochrane (formerly RNAS Donibristle/HMS Merlin), Rosyth, Fife, Scotland
  • HMS Copra, Combined Operations Pay, Ratings and Accounts, The Moorings, Largs, Scotland[10]
  • HMS Cricket, Landing Craft training base, River Hamble, Hampshire
  • HMS Dartmouth II, Coastal Forces MTBs, MGBs & MLs, Dartmouth
  • HMS Defiance, Torpedo school, Devonport, Devon
  • HMS Defiance, Fleet Maintenance Base, Devonport
  • HMS Dinosaur I, HQ for tank landing craft training, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Dinosaur II, Landing craft and work-up base, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Dorlin, Combined Operations RN Beach Signals and Royal Signals sections battle training, Dorlin House, Acharacle, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Dolphin, Gosport, Hampshire
  • HMS Dryad, former location of the Maritime Warfare School, Southwick, Hampshire
  • HMS Duke, Basic Training Establishment,Malvern, 1944-1945 Now County Show Ground
  • HMS Dundonald I, Holding and training base for RN Beach Commandos, Gailes Camp, Auchengate, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Dundonald II, Combined Signal School (CSS), Auchingate, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland

E to K

  • HMS Ferret (later HMS Sea Eagle), Convoy escort base and anti-submarine training, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • HMS Fervent, Coastal Forces MTBs, MGBs & MLs, Ramsgate
  • HMS Fisgard, artificer and engineer training (1848–1983), Torpoint, Cornwall
  • HMS Flora III, Coastal Forces MLs, Invergordon, Scotland
  • HMS Flycatcher, HQ of Mobile Naval Air Bases during World War II, Ludham then Middle Wallop. RNAS Kai Tak from 1947.[11]
  • HMS Foliot I, Landing craft accounting base, Plymouth
  • HMS Foliot III, Combined Operations holding base, Buckleigh, Plymouth
  • HMS Forte IV, Coastal Forces MLs, Falmouth
  • HMS Forward, Command and radar plotting centre, Newhaven
  • HMS Forward II (later HMS Aggressive), Coastal Forces MTBs, Newhaven
  • HMS Fox, Coastal Forces MTBs & MLs, Lerwick, Scotland
  • HMS Ganges, Boys' Training Establishment, Shotley, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • HMS Glendower WWII training establishment, Butlin's Pwllheli holiday camp, Caernarfonshire, Wales
  • HMS Golden Hind, WW2 RN Barracks, Sydney, Australia
  • HMS Gunner, Auxiliary Patrol base, Lerwick, Shetland
  • HMS Haig, Rye
  • HMS Helder, Landing craft training, Brightlingsea
  • HMS Helicon, Scapa Flow diversionary anchorage, 1939–40, Arctic convoys concentration point, 1942–44, Loch Ewe, Scotland
  • HMS Highflyer, Trincomalee, Ceylon
  • HMS Hornet, Coastal Forces Depot MTB, Gosport, Hampshire
  • HMS Inskip, Inskip, Preston, Lancashire
  • HMS Jackdaw, RNAS Crail, Fife
  • HMS James Cook, Combined Operations Beach Training Establishment, Glen Caladh, Nr Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Jufair, Bahrain
  • HMS King Alfred, WWII RNVR officer training centre, Hove, Sussex

L to R

  • HMS Lanka, Colombo, Ceylon
  • HMS Lizard, Combined Operations landing craft base, Shoreham
  • HMS Lochailort, Combined Operations officer training, Inverailort House, Lochailort, Inverness-shire, Scotland
  • HMS Lochinvar, Fleet Minesweeper base, Port Edgar, Fife, Scotland
  • HMS Louisburg (also HMS Roseneath), Combined Operations, Roseneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • HMS Malabar, Bermuda
  • HMS Manatee, Landing craft, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
  • HMS Mastodon, Landing craft, Exbury House, Southampton
  • HMS Mauritius, Mauritius
  • HMS Medina, Landing craft and Fleet Air Arm, Puckpool, Ryde, Isle of Wight
  • HMS Mentor, Lews Castle, Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland
  • HMS Mercury, Communications school, Petersfield, Hampshire
  • HMS Midge, Great Yarmouth
  • HMS Monck, Combined Training HQ, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Monck, Combined Operations Carrier Training, Port Glasgow, Scotland
  • HMS Monck, Roseneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • HMS Monck, HQ Flag Officer Greenock, Greenock, Scotland
  • HMS Mylodon, Lowestoft
  • HMS Newt, Landing craft base, Newhaven
  • HMS Nile, Alexandria, Egypt (1939–1946)
  • HMS Nimrod, Anti-submarine warfare training from early 1940, Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Northney (HMS Northney I, HMS Northney II, HMS Northney III and HMS Northnney IV), Landing craft training base, Hayling Island
  • HMS Osprey, (from January 1941), Asdic training, advanced courses for officers, Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Owl, RNAS Fearn, Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland
  • HMS Pasco, Combined Operations landing craft signals training, Glenbranter Camp, Glenbranter, Strachur, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Pembroke, Chatham, Kent
  • HMS Phoenix, Tipner, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • HMS President (parts later spun out as HMS St Vincent), Admiralty accounting base, Furse House, 37 Queen's Gate Terrace, London SW7
  • HMS Prosperine, Lyness, Orkney, Scotland
  • HMS Pyramus, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
  • HMS Queen Charlotte WWII land based gunnery school, Shore Rd., Ainsdale Southport, Lancashire
  • HMS Quebec, Combined Operations training, Inverary, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Return, Tokyo, Japan - now British Embassy in Tokyo[12][13]
  • HMS Robertson, Holding base for RM landing craft personnel, Kitchener Camp, Richborough, Kent
  • HMS Rooke, Gibraltar
  • HMS Roseneath (also HMS Louisburg), Combined Operations, Roseneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • HMS Royal Arthur, Petty Officers' training school, Butlins Skegness, later Corsham, Wiltshire[14]
  • Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

S to Z

  • HMS St Angelo, Naval HQ, Fort St Angelo, Birgu, Malta
  • HMS St Christopher, Coastal Forces training base, Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland[15]
  • HMS St George, Gosport, Hampshire
  • HMS St Vincent (1927–1969), Mine warfare training, Gosport, Hampshire
  • HMS St Vincent (1992–1998), Communications centre, Whitehall, London
  • HMS Salford, RNR Communications Training Centre, Salford
  • HMS Sanderling, RNAS Abbotsinch, Abbotsinch, Glasgow, Scotland
  • HMS Scotia, Basic training, 1942, from 1959 RNR Rosyth, Butlin's Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Sea Eagle (formerly HMS Ferret), Eglinton, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • HMS Sea Serpent, Bracklesham Bay and Birdham, near Chichester
  • HMS Seahawk, Coastal Forces training base, Ardrishaig, Argyll, Scotland[16]
  • HMS Sembawang (Singapore Naval Base), was the Royal Navy's biggest dockyard and its base of operations in the Far East from 1939 until 1971. HMS Terror (1945–1971) was the barracks next to the naval base, while the nearby HMS Simbang was a RN Air Station.
  • HMS Sheba, Aden
  • HMS Spartiate, Western Approaches Command, St Enoch's Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
  • HMS Squid, Tank landing craft repair base, Southampton
  • HMS Squid II, Landing craft squadron staff, Westcliff Hall Hotel, Hythe
  • HMS Standard, WWII training establishment for men who would otherwise be discharged, Kielder, Northumberland[17]
  • HMS Stopford, Landing craft working-up base, Bo'ness, Scotland
  • HMS Tamar, Base operated from 1897 to 1997 at two locations in Hong Kong
  • HMS Tarlair, Hydrophone training school during World War I, Hawkcraig near Aberdour, Scotland
  • HMS Thunderer, Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham and Manadon, Plymouth, Devon
  • HMS Tormentor, Landing craft operational base, Hamble, Southampton
  • HMS Tormentor II Training camp, Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • HMS Tullichewan (previously HMS Spartiate II), Holding base for Combined Operations, Tullichewan Castle Camp, Balloch, Loch Lomond, Scotland[18]
  • HMS Turtle, Combined Operations training, Poole, Dorset
  • HMS Uva, Diyatalawa, Ceylon
  • HMS Valkyrie II, Training establishment for HO ratings, Isle of Man[7]
  • HMS Varbel, X class submarine training, Port Bannatyne Hydropathic Hotel, Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute, Scotland
  • HMS Varbell II, X class submarine advanced training, Ardtaraig House, Loch Striven, Argyll, Scotland
  • HMS Vectis (shore establishment), Cowes Castle, Seaview, Isle of Wight
  • HMS Vernon, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • HMS Wagtail, RNAS Ayr, Scotland
  • HMS Warren, Combined Operations senior officer training, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • HMS Wasp, Coastal Forces HQ, Lord Warden Hotel, Dover[19]
  • HMS Westcliffe, Flotilla training, Southend
  • HMS Westcliffe II, Combined Operations holding base for RM landing craft personnel, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
  • HMS Wildfire, Chatham, Kent
  • HMS Wildfire II (1939–1940), Combined Operations base, Sheerness
  • HMS Wildfire III (1940–1946), Combined Operations base, Sheerness
  • HMS Woolvestone, Landing craft base, Ipswich
  • RNAD Broughton Moor, Royal Naval Armaments Depot, Cumbria
  • RNAD Crombie, Fife, Scotland
  • RNAD Dean Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • RNAD Gosport including Priddy's Hard, Hampshire
  • RNSD Eaglescliffe, Naval Stores Depot, Teesside
  • RNAY Wroughton, Aircraft storage and maintenance unit, Wroughton, Swindon

See also


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  2. Hampshire Railways Remembered. Kevin Robertson & Leslie Oppitz. 1988. ISBN 0-905392-93-0. p97
  3. Doughty, Martin. Hampshire and D-Day. ISBN 1-85741-047-5. 
  4. "Tristan History 1942-1961". The Tristan da Cunha Website. 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. "Birnbeck Island Pier - A short history". Friends of the Old Pier Society. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  6. "BBC: WW2 People's War". MEMOIRS OF AN HMS FORWARD (1939-1945) WRNS TELEGRAPHIST. 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Signal!: A History of Signalling in the Royal Navy, Barrie H. Kent, Permanent Publications, 2004 ISBN 1-85623-025-2 ISBN 978-1-85623-025-4
  8. "Things to Do | Indoor | Outdoor | Dartmouth Museum". Dartmouth Museum. Retrieved 23 August 2011. "The Royal Dart Hotel between the ferries played a vital role in the Second World War. It was called HMS Cicala then." 
  9. "WW2 Memories- HMS Cicala - Dartmouth Museum". Dartmouth Museum. Retrieved 14 May 2012. "In January 1944 I was a Wren stationed in Kingswear, South Devon, attached to HMS Cicala, a Coastal Forces Station consisting of Motor Torpedo and Motor Gun Boats used for harrying German E Boats in the waters close to the Channel Islands." 
  10. Slee, Geoff (2011). "HMS COPRA". Combined Operations. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  11. "Kai Tak". Helicopter Database. 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  12. "Tokyo, Sharks and Ice Cream. ABCtales". Ericv. 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  13. "Hugh Cortazzi - Collected Writings". Cortazzi, Hugh. 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. "Skegness". Bygone Butlins. 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  15. Warner, Derrick (2011). "HMS St Christopher through WWII". A Short History of HMS St Christopher. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  16. Burchell, John (2011). "Seahawk". HMS Seahawk. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  17. Lavery, Brian (2004). Hostilities Only - Training the Wartime Royal Navy. National Maritime Museum. ISBN 0-948065-48-6. 
  18. "HMS Tullichewan". Secret Scotland. 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  19. "Lord Warden Hotel". Dover : Lock and Key of the Kingdom. 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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