HMS Excellent


HMS Excellent is home to the Naval Headquarters and front-line training units. Based on Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour, it successfully blends heritage and history with a modern and progressive outlook. HMS Excellent is a unique shore establishment which has its roots in more 100 years of naval history.

HMS Excellent Training Establishment

Whale Island

It is home to the modern Navy Command Headquarters in Leach Building, plus training sites that prepare personnel for life at sea or deployed operations, such as the Defence Diving School, HMS Bristol and the Phoenix Damage Repair Instructional Unit.



Commanding Officer

Commander Simon Turnbull

During his time in the Royal Navy Simon has had an interesting career including an exchange tour with the US Navy’s Third Fleet Flagship, USS
Coronado, based in San Diego, California. During this tour he was awarded the US
Secretary of the Navy’s Special Commendation.


How to get there

Whale Island

Wardroom Rd, Portsmouth PO2 8ER