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Raleigh

HMS Raleigh

HMS Raleigh is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment in the South West with a main site covering 239 acres.

HMS Raleigh

Part of the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation, Raleigh provides a diverse range of training. This training ranges from the ten-week initial induction for all new rating recruits to specialist training in areas such as seamanship, submarine operations, logistics, military and board and search skills.

First class resources are used to make training as realistic as possible.  A decommissioned minesweeper, the former HMS Brecon, provides recruits with their first taste of life onboard ship.  The vessel is also used for seamanship training, board-and-search training and to give trainee chefs and stewards the opportunity to experience life in a ship’s galley.   Other facilities include extensive rifle ranges and a sinking ship simulator used to teach sailors vital skills to deal with an emergency at sea.

As well as the main site, HMS Raleigh consists of a ‘sea sense’ training centre on the River Lynher,  Pier Cellars, close to Torpoint in South East Cornwall and Gutter Tor refuge on Dartmoor, both of which are used as a base to conduct leadership and team-working exercises.

On a typical day there could be around 2,000 people on site, which includes Royal Navy and civilian staff based at HMS Raleigh and personnel under training.   HMS Raleigh also provides training for Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and members of the Royal Navy Reserve.  The base is home to the National Sea Cadet Training Centre and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.

COMMANDING OFFICER

Robert Fancy

Robert Fancy
RANK:
Captain
JOINED:
1983
SPECIALISATION:
Submariner
PREVIOUS UNITS:
HMS Trafalgar
Military experience

Captain Fancy (b.1964) entered Britannia Royal Naval College in 1983 and completed his initial sea training with the Hong Kong Squadron and HMS Manchester in the Gulf.

Specialising as a submariner in 1985 he had appointments in diesel and nuclear submarines where he gained experience in numerous covert operations, arctic navigation and deterrent patrols.

He completed the Submarine Command Course in 1995 and thereafter enjoyed several command appointments, including second in Command of HMS Spartan, Command Sea Rider for Captain Submarine Sea Training and most notably command of HMS Trafalgar in 2001.

He was the first UK submarine CO to successfully integrate with 2 US Fleets (5th and 6th) and operate in combat under US Opcon. He was awarded the OBE for service in Afghanistan in 2002.

He has also completed a series of staff appointments in Fleet, the Permanent Joint Head Quarters and Ministry of Defence. A personal highlight was service with the Joint Force Head Quarters where he deployed to over 20 countries including Lebanon and Sri Lanka where he lead the forward element of NEO planning and subsequent operations.

The 2006 NEO of Beirut, where he led the forward team, was the UK’s largest and most complex evacuation since WWII. At the Ministry of Defence he provided maritime subject matter expertise to the Operations Directorate in support of all military operations which included briefing and supporting the highest levels of the MOD including Chiefs of Staff and Ministers.

In 2008 he acted as an expert witness in the House of Lords for questions on Piracy.

In 2009 he was seconded into industry and worked for 6 months with Accenture where he developed 2 major leadership and training programs for a leading multinational company with over 250k employees.

After designing a quality assurance and control framework for the closure and archiving of MOD’s Streamlining Program in early 2010, he was appointed to US Centcom J2 as Deputy Assistant Director (UK).

Captain Fancy’s penultimate appointment before taking command of HMS Raleigh in September 2012 was a 1 year appointment as the Deputy Head of All Source Intelligence in Defence Intelligence, where he led Policy development for intelligence disciplines as well being responsible for Strategic Maritime Collection programmes.

Captain Fancy was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty the Queen on 7th January 2013.

Captain Fancy is a qualified Facilitative Mediator, has trained in Non Violent Communication techniques and is also a ‘Managing Successful Programs’ (MSP) Registered Practitioner.

An amateur photographer and geocacher he is very interested in sea kayaking and sailing. Captain Fancy lives in Devon with his wife, an extremely keen geocacher, and 2 adult daughters.


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