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 Gale Royal Navy

Simon Gale is of ancient Manx stock, educated at Castle Rushen High School in the Isle of Man, he joined the Royal Navy in 1983.

Early appointments were as an OOW in HMS DANAE and as Navigator of HMS DUMBARTON CASTLE before qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer and Underwater Warfare (UWW) specialist.  


How to get there

Whale Island

Wardroom Rd, Portsmouth PO2 8ER