SAILORS and staff at HMS Collingwood have welcomed their new Commanding Officer, Captain Tim Davey, to the Fareham establishment.
Capt Davey has taken command of the 200-acre site together with the wider aspects of the Maritime Warfare School (MWS). His role encompasses the delivery of all warfare and weapon engineering training for Royal Navy Officers and Ratings and includes HMS Collingwood (Fareham), the Defence Diving School (Horsea Island), the Royal Navy School of Physical Training (HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth), Naval Military Training Schools (various sites in UK) and Phoenix Training Group (HMS Excellent, Portsmouth).
On assuming command, the captain said: “It is a privilege for me to be joining the brilliant civilian and military team at HMS Collingwood and MWS, and working closely with Team Fisher and the Training Management Group to oversee the delivery of our maritime warfare and weapon engineer training. I am looking forward to the challenges and building on the long-standing foundations of excellence and professionalism to support the ‘Global, Modern, Ready’ Royal Navy deployed on operations at home and abroad.”
He added: “I want the team to thrive through daily empowerment, embracing diversity and being fully inclusive to maximise the skills of the workforce. We will continue to strive for the most innovative solutions to ensure the best outputs, a safe and dynamic learning environment and exceptional welfare support for the training audience – which ranges from Phase Two sailors preparing to join the Fleet to the next commanding officers of our capital ships.”
Previously, the senior officer was Captain of the Maritime Warfare Centre, also located at HMS Collingwood. He takes over the helm at the top Royal Navy training base this week from outgoing Commanding Officer Captain Catherine Jordan (see earlier story).
PICTURED: Captain Jordan ‘handing over’ to Captain Davey. Photograph courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown copyright