HMS King Alfred

HMS King Alfred (Portsmouth)

HMS King Alfred is the Royal Naval Reserve unit associated with Portsmouth.

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Located on Whale Island in Portsmouth, and commissioned in 1994, HMS King Alfred is one of the largest units in the country. 

Being in the heart of a naval city gives HMS King Alfred reservists excellent opportunities to see the work of the Royal Navy first hand. Our Reservists also get to use the tremendous facilities we have locally.

Telephone: 0345 600 3222


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8am-8pm Mon to Fri, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun

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Unit History

The First HMS King Alfred1939

The first HMS King Alfred was a World War 1 Cruiser, during WW2, the name was associated with Naval Reservists.  Then in 1939 HMS King Alfred was established in Brighton and Hove.

Training History1945

By 1945, nearly 88% of the Royal Navy’s commissioned strength had trained at HMS King Alfred, with over 20,000 Reservist Officers having passed out of the establishment.

On the Move1946

King Alfred moved from Hove to Exbury House, in the New Forest, before King Alfred was decommissioned and Exbury House became HMS Hawke.


The present King Alfred was commissioned as an RNR training centre following the closure of the RNR establishments in Southampton, Brighton and on Portsdown Hill in Portsmouth.

Freedom of the City2003

There has always been a strong Royal Naval Reserve presence in Portsmouth, and this was formally recognised in 2003 when HMS King Alfred was awarded Freedom of the City.

Freedom of the City Parade2011

Eight years after being granted the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth, reservists finally had the chance to celebrate that honour.  Sailors fromHMS King Alfred marched through the City.

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Commanding Officer Chris Webb

Rank: Commander

Commander Chris Webb joined the Royal naval Reserve in 2002. He was appointed in command of HMS King Alfred in April 2016.

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Location Portsmouth

Postal Address

HMS King Alfred, Fraser Building, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO2 8ER


HMS King Alfred is located on Whale Island which is just off the M275 next to Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port.


Training Evenings

Tuesdays 1915 - 2045