Bases and stations
HMS Sultan is the home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS).
Role of the base
Essential for supplying the Royal Navy with engineering Officers and Ratings of the highest standard, HMS Sultan – in Gosport, Hampshire – is home to the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS).
HMS Sultan has three main schools for training engineering Officers and Ratings.
Royal Naval Air Engineering & Survival Equipment School
This school focuses on training Air Engineer Officers, Air Engineering Technicians, and Survival Equipment ratings for operational employment or further training. It is located in the Daedalus building, which consists of six wings dedicated to different training areas. It provides initial and advanced training in air engineering and survival equipment.
Defence School of Marine Engineering
The school, headed by the Commandant of HMS Sultan, provides comprehensive training in marine engineering. It encompasses three departments: Training Support Organization, Marine Engineering Department, and Craft Skills Group. They deliver training in various marine engineering specialisations, including general service, submarines, and craft skills.
As part of the Defence Academy, College of Management and Technology, the Nuclear Department offers training in nuclear engineering, radiation protection, and nuclear safety. It works closely with the Systems Engineering Group and Defence School of Marine Engineering. The department provides academic knowledge and practical training in reactor physics, thermodynamics, and other related areas. It also collaborates with the civil nuclear industry for training purposes.
The first HMS Sultan, a 74-gun warship, is launched and participates in the encounter between Vice Admiral Byron and the French Count D'Estaing in North America and the West Indies.
The third HMS Sultan, an armoured battleship, is launched. It was originally intended to be named 'Triumph' but was changed to 'Sultan' in honor of Sultan Abdulaziz of Turkey during his state visit. This ship takes part in the 1882 bombardment of Alexandria.
The fourth HMS Sultan, an iron paddle steamer, is commissioned on the River Niger but sinks within a month.
The fifth HMS Sultan is commissioned as a shore base in Singapore. It is destroyed upon surrender in 1942 but re-commissioned in 1945 until 1947.
The establishment is taken over by the MT & RE (Motor Transport and Royal Engineers) when the airfield is closed.