HMS Collingwood Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The Royal Navy’s largest training establishment hosted a special 'birthday' celebration to mark the occasion.

A ceremony has taken place at HMS Collingwood, the Royal Navy’s largest training establishment, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of its commissioning.

Chefs Ryan Hopper and Matthew Montgomery made a birthday cake for the occasion.

The cutting of the birthday cake took place in the presence of Captain Catherine Jordan, Commanding Officer of the establishment.

The honours were done by Rear Admiral Phil Hally, Director People and Training, and 17-year-old Engineering Technician Brendan Overal, the youngest sailor.

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood were also present and played 'Happy Birthday' throughout.

The event was originally planned for May ahead of the Open Day and Field Gun Competition but was postponed due to COVID-19.

Trainees first entered HMS Collingwood's gates on 10 January 1940 after Britain recognised the importance of training sailors for frontline service during the Second World War.

HMS Collingwood's 80th 'birthday' cake made by Collingwood’s own chefs (Picture: Crown Copyright).

From the original wooden huts built on marshland, Hampshire's HMS Collingwood has since grown into a modern training establishment.

It is also the headquarters of the Surface Stream and Maritime Warfare School, which incorporates both warfare and engineering training.

Captain Catherine Jordan said of the event: "I am delighted that we have been able to hold this special birthday celebration today, marking an historic event in the establishment’s history while we work to modernise training further and put Collingwood and the Maritime Warfare School on a sustainable footing for another 80 years to continue to deliver first-class sailors to front-line operations."

Cover image: Rear Admiral Phil Hally and Engineering Technician Brendan Overal cutting the birthday cake at HMS Collingwood (Picture: Crown Copyright).