Royal Navy Divers Rule Britannia

Fleet Diving Squadron (FDS) held their Autumn Commanding Officer’s (COs) Conference on board The Royal Yacht Britannia on Friday 25th November.

Commander Del McKnight, Commanding Officer Fleet Diving Squadron chaired the conference which is held every term and used as a forum  to set out the out the Aims and Objectives to his Group COs for the coming period.

The Conference was attended by the three Group COs from Northern, Southern and Fleet Diving Groups, along with the Officer in Charge of the Fleet Diving Squadron Operational Support Unit and the two Squadron Warrant Officers.

The kind offer from The Royal Yacht Britannia to host this year’s Autumn Conference was welcomed by Commander McKnight as he was keen to hold this conference in Scotland in recognition of Northern Diving Group’s area of operation.  In addition to this, the Royal Yacht provided a particularly fitting maritime theme for the event.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, Britannia is now a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening events venue.

Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire, CO of Faslane based Northern Diving Group and the rest of the team attended the event in Number Ones (their best uniform) and were well looked after during their time on board by Mr Derek Miller, Head of Security on the Royal Yacht.

Commander McKnight took the opportunity to present Mr Miller with a Fleet Diving Squadron Crest in appreciation of the hospitality provided.