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HMS Excellent

The home of the Naval Headquarters and front-line training units, HMS Excellent in Portsmouth Harbour successfully blends heritage and history with a modern and progressive outlook.

HMS Bristol at Whale Island

Excellent is a unique shore establishment which has its roots in more 100 years of naval history.

It is the home to the modern Navy Command Headquarters in Leach Building, plus training sites that prepare personnel for life at sea or deployed operations.

COMMANDING OFFICER

Martin Evans

RANK:
Commander
JOINED:
1986
SPECIALISATION:
Warfare
PREVIOUS UNITS:
HMS Nottingham, HMS Atherstone, HMS Cattistock
Military experience

Martin was educated in Northamptonshire and graduated from London University in 1984 with a First class honours degree in Biology. He joined the Royal Navy in January 1986.

His early bridge watch-keeping time encompassed deployments to the West Indies, the Gulf and an appointment to Hong Kong as senior XO in the Hong Kong Squadron, following which he completed the Royal Navy’s 100th PWO course in 1995, sub specialising in Under Water Warfare (UWW).

Promoted Lt Cdr in 1996, he spent 18 months as PWO(U) in HMS Nottingham and then 2-years on exchange on the Under Water Warfare training staff at the Fleet Training Centre in Norfolk, Virginia.

From January 1999 to May 2000 he was SWO(UW) to FOST, and then commanded the Hunt class minesweepers HMS Atherstone from August 2000 to March 2001 and HMS Cattistock until December 2001. The latter included deployment to the Middle East as part of Argonaut 01, which included Saaif Sareea II and exercises with Royal Saudi Naval MCM forces in the Gulf.

He served in N35 Plans in Fleet Ops Northwood from January 2002 to August 2004, supporting UK Fleet and Joint operations, notably in contingent planning for Operation TELIC; he was also lead officer across the Fleet Command for the Lessons process, during which time he established FLIMS.

He completed Advanced Command and Staff Course 8 in September 2005 and was selected for promotion to Commander that year. After 11 months as 2IC of the Defence Diving School, he served on the staff of STRIKFOR NATO based in Naples from July 2006 to July 2009 as head of Maritime Ops.

This included responsibility as ACOS J3 during NRF certification, project managing Steadfast JAW 07 and exercise Noble Midas 08.

On return from Naples he served in Fleet RP from September 2009 to June 2012 as SO1 Strategy where he was closely involved in SDSR 10 and implementation of Defence Reform; primary roles included Secretary to the NAVB Exec, development of the Navy Command Plan, coordination of Risk & Performance Management and developing the Holding to Account process for the Navy Command HQ.

He completed an OPTOUR in Bahrain as Deputy Director Plans on Coalition Maritime Forces Staff from July 2012 to April 2013 and following a short study with the RNPS team, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of HMS Excellent on the 4 October 2013.

Married, with 2 children, he is a compulsive DIY enthusiast and enjoys maintaining his Thomas Ellis Owen house where he lives in the heart of Southsea. He is a kit car owner, a fly fisherman, a road cyclist


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