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HMS Collingwood

HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment.

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It is the headquarters of the Maritime Warfare School and Surface Stream which also has  units in Excellent, Longmoor, Temeraire, Horsea Island and Raleigh, delivering training in Warfare, Weapon Engineering, Diving, Physical Training, Chemical Biological Radiation Nuclear and Damage Control, Sea Survival, Seamanship and Military skills. 

Collingwood Command provides Executive, Duty of Care and facilities management functions for trainees at stages 2 and 3 of their Warfare and Weapon Engineer training  and lodger organisations, including the Royal Navy Leadership Academy,  Maritime Warfare Centre and Fleet Intelligence Centre.


Steven Dainton

HMS St Albans, Cumberland
Military experience

Born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool Blue Coat School, Captain Steve Dainton joined the Royal Navy in 1987.

After completing initial appointments in HMS Kingfisher (Northern Ireland Patrol Vessel), HMS Lancaster (Type 23 Frigate) and HMS Beaver (Type 22 Frigate), he took Command of HMS Quorn (Hunt Class MCMV) for a period which included Mine Countermeasure operations around UK and Northern Europe.

In 1999, he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer (Communications and Electronic Warfare) and joined HMS Coventry (Type 22 Frigate) during which time he conducted a NATO deployment in the Adriatic. This was followed by staff appointments in Flag Officer Surface Flotilla and as a PWO appointer in the Directorate of Naval Officers’ Appointing.

In 2003, he graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course at JSCSC Shrivenham where he gained an MA in Defence Studies.

After promotion to Commander in 2004, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans (Type 23 Frigate) and, throughout his time in Command, the ship was involved in maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea (Op CALASH), energy security patrols in the Northern Gulf (Op TELIC) and the evacuation of civilians from Beirut (Op Highbrow).

Subsequently, he joined the Directorate of Operational Capability in the Ministry of Defence working in a small team responsible for identifying and reporting strategic capability risk to Ministers and Chiefs of Staff.

In 2009, he completed an operational tour as Staff Operations Officer to the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain prior to joining the UK Maritime Battle Staff specifically employed in the Operational HQ in the EU Counter Piracy mission, Op Atalanta.

Promoted to Captain in 2010, he took Command of HMS Cumberland (Type 22 Frigate) and deployed to the Gulf undertaking a variety of missions in the Gulf and Gulf of Aden as well as being involved in the evacuation of civilians from Benghazi (Op Deference) and subsequent operations off Libya (Op Ellamy), a period for which he was awarded a CBE.

He then went on to work in MOD Navy RP where, as Captain Navy Plans, he was responsible for advising, influencing and determining the size, capability and structure of the Royal Navy.

Capt Dainton joined MWS as Chief of Staff (COS) in June 2013 and assumed Command of HMS Collingwood in the Autumn term 2013.

Upcoming events for HMS Collingwood

31 May

HMS Collingwood Open Day 2014
HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hants, PO14 1AS 31 May 2014

HMS Collingwood Opens Its Gates For Fun Filled Day Featuring The Royal Navy And Royal Marines Charity Field Gun Competition.




Captain inspires new recruits
10 April 2014

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The only way is up for Collingwood sailors
28 March 2014

Two members of the Physical Training Department at HMS Collingwood...

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Royal Navy supports National Apprenticeship week
27 March 2014

Personnel from the Royal Navy and the Babcock FOAP(T) Apprenticeship...

Royal Navy helps to defend Romsey from floods
17 February 2014

More than 300 Royal Navy sailors have been building up...


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