This list is a general list of useful names and addresses for a variety of organisations belonging to, or connected to the Royal Navy.
Ministry of Defence Enquiries Tel: 0870 607 4455
Website: Freedom of Information Enquiries
Contact details can be found on the following page Media Centre
Ministerial Correspondence Unit
Ministry of Defence
Floor 5, Zone A Main Building
If you wish to make a general telephone enquiry to the MOD and you prefer to speak in Welsh, call the Welsh Language Helpline.
This service is available from Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, on 01554 821413
The Service Complaints Commissioner provides independent oversight of the Service complaints systems, and also acts as an alternative point of contact for Service personnel to raise concerns.
Commissioned Officers and Non-commissioned ranks who entered the service during or before 1924 should contact The National Archives
Commissioned RN/RM officers who are currently serving, or are retired and service records from 1924 onwards should contact:
DNPers Disclosure Cell
Telephone: 02392 62 8667 / 8666 / 8671 /8670 / 8654
For more information and to download the relevant forms please click here
HM Naval Base Portsmouth
HM Naval Base Portsmouth
Telephone: 023 9272 2351
The National Archives is the national repository for the archives of all the government departments, including the Admiralty and the Ministry of Defence; and it is there that you are most likely to find the Logbooks, and other records, of HM Ships, and the Station Records of the Royal Navy.
The National Archives Office does not offer a research service, though it may be able to suggest professional researchers who could help you if you cannot undertake your own research.
These professional researchers would, of course, charge a fee.
The National Archive Office is open to members of the public at the following times:
- Monday: 0900 - 1700 (ordering times 0930 - 1600)
- Tuesday: 1000 - 1700 (ordering times 0930 - 1630)
- Wednesday: 0900 - 1700 (ordering times 0930 - 1600)
- Thursday: 0900 - 1900 (ordering times 0930 - 1630)
- Friday: 0900 - 1700 (ordering times 0930 - 1600)
- Saturday: 0930 - 1700 (ordering times 0930 - 1200 & 1330 - 1430)
Admission is by Reader's Ticket. Readers have to register in person bringing adequate proof of identity, such as a passport or UK driving licence or UK bank/credit card. If in doubt the applicant should call in advance of their visit on 020 8392 5200.
Intending visitors are advised to check (a) the opening times as sections are closed occasionally; and (b) that the documents they wish to study are available, for they are sometimes withdrawn for official use.
Surrey TW9 4DU.
Telephone: 0208-876 3444.
Fax: 0208-878 8905.
Website: The National Archive
Flagship Portsmouth Trust, Building 1/7, Porter's Lodge, College Road, HM Naval Base Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
Tel: 023 9286 1512
Fax: 023 9229 5252
Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TE
Tel: 01634 812551
Fax: 01634 8269918
Admiralty Library, Naval Historical Branch (Naval Staff), No 24 Store (pp 20), Main Road, HM Naval Base Portsmouth, PO1 3LU
Tel: 023 92 724327 or 725300
Fax: 023 92 724003
HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3NU
Tel: 02392 727562
Fax: 02392 727575
Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9PX
Tel: 02392 819 385
Fax: 02392 838 420
Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8HT
Tel: 01935 840565
Fax: 01935 842630
Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AS
Tel: 02392 510354
Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Tel: 0208 858 4422
Fax: 0208 312 6632
Website: National Maritime Museum
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