Naval Shore Establishments

HMS - When is a ship a real ship, and when is it a shore base? In Royal Navy and Royal Marines service records, personnel will be shown as serving on a ship. This does not necessarily mean they are at sea; instead they may be at a shore establishment. There were hundreds of these across the years and there are still many today. These are some you may come across in service records.

 

Naval Shore Establishments in alphabetical order – This list is NOT comprehensive

 

Ship

Location

Function

Approx Period

ABOUKIR

Alexandria, Egypt

Naval Base

WW2

AFRIKANDER

Simonstown, South Africa (Also Wingfield & Wynberg)

Naval Base

Pre WW2 & WW2

ALBATROSS

Nowra, NSW, Australia

Naval Air Station

WW2

APHRODITE

Cyprus

Naval Base

Post WW2

APPLEDORE

Appledore, Devon

Landing Craft Base

WW2

ARIEL

Worthy Down, Winchester

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

ASBURY

Quonset Point, USA

Naval Air Station

WW2

ASCENSION

Ascension Island

Naval Base

1816 – 1923

ASSEGAI

Durban, South Africa

Naval Base

WW2

ARMADILLO 

Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Naval Base

WW2

       

BALDUR

Huitanes, Iceland

Naval Air Section

WW2

BAMBARA

China Bay & Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Naval Air Station

WW2

BHERUNDA

Colombo Racecourse,

Sri Lanka

Naval Air Station

WW2

BLACKCAP

Warrington, Lancashire

Naval Air Station

WW2

BRAGANZA

Bombay, India

Naval Base

WW2

BRITTANIA

Dartmouth

RN College

 

BUZZARD

Palisadoes, Jamaica

Naval Air Station

WW2

BYRSA

Naples, Italy

Naval Base

WW2

 

CALEDONIA

Rosyth

Naval Base

 

CAMBRIDGE

Wembury, nr Plymouth

Gunnery Range

Post WW2

CANADA

Halifax, Dartmouth & Yarmouth in Canada

Naval Air Station

WW2

CENTURION

Gosport

DPRORM

Post WW2

CERES

Wetherby, Yorks

RN Supply & Secretariat School

Post WW2

CHEMBUR

Bombay, India

RM Camp

WW2

COCHRANE

Rosyth

Naval Base

 

COMMONWEALTH

Kure, Japan

Naval Base

Post WW2

CONDOR

Arbroath

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

COPRA

Largs, Scotland

Combined Ops Pay & Drafting

WW2

CORMORANT

Gibraltar

Naval Base

 

CRICKET

Bursledon, Hants

Landing Craft Base

WW2

CURLEW

St Merryn

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

 

DAEDALUS

Lee-on-Solent, Hants

Naval Air Station

 

DARTMOUTH

Dartmouth, Devon

Landing Craft Training

WW2

DIPPER

Henstridge

Naval Air Station

WW2

DOLPHIN

Gosport

Submarine Depot

 

DRAGONFLY

Hayling Island

Combined Operations  Base

WW2

DRAKE

Devonport

RN Barracks

 

DUNDONALD

Auchengate

Combined Operations Signals School

WW2

 

 

 

 

EFFINGHAM

Dartmouth

Combined Operations Base

WW2

EXCELLENT

Whale Island, Portsmouth

RN Gunnery School

 

 

 

 

 

FALCON

Hal Far, Malta

Naval Air Station

Pre & post WW2

FIELDFARE

Evanton, Scotland

Naval Air Yard

WW2

FLEDGLING

Milmeece

WRNS Air Training Camp

WW2

FLYCATCHER

Ludham, Norfolk & Middle Wallop, Hants

Naval Air Station

WW2

FLYING FOX

Bristol

RNR

 

FOLIOT

Plymouth

Landing Craft Base

WW2

FULMAR

Lossiemouth

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

FULMAR II

Milltown

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

 

 

 

 

GADWALL

Belfast (Sydenham)

Naval Air Station & Air Yard

WW2 & post WW2

GAMECOCK

Bramcote

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

GANGES

Harwich

Boys Training Establishment

 

GANNET

Eglinton, Londonderry

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

GANNET

Prestwick, Ayrshire

Naval Air Base – Search & Rescue

Post 1971

GARUDA

Coimbatore, India

Naval Air Yard

WW2

GLORY

Murmansk

RM Field Force and 6th Bn (?)

1918-1919

GODWIT

Hinstock

Naval Air Station

WW2

GODWIT II

Peplow

Naval Air Station

WW2

GOLDCREST

Dale, then Brawdy

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

GOLDEN HIND

Sydney NSW

Naval Base

WW2

GOLDFINCH

Ta Kali, Malta

Naval Air Station

WW2

GOSHAWK

Piarco, Trinidad

Naval Air Station

WW2

GOSLING

Risley

Training Establishment

WW2

GREBE

Dekheila, Egypt

Naval Air Station

WW2

 

 

 

 

HAITAN

Gan (Addu Attol)

Naval Air Strip

WW2

HAMILCAR

Algeria/Messina

Landing Craft Base

WW2

HANNIBAL

Algiers/Taranto

Naval Base

WW2

HARRIER

Kete

Aircraft Direction Centre

Post WW2

HELDER

Brightlingsea

Landing Craft Base

WW2

HERON

Yeovilton

Naval Air Station

 

HIGHFLYER

Trincomalee

Naval Base

WW2 & post WW2

HORNBILL

Culham

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

HORNET

Gosport

Coastal Forces Base

Pre WW2 & WW2

HUMMINGBIRD

Zeals, Wiltshire

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

 

 

 

 

JACKDAW

Crail, Fife

Naval Air Station

WW2

JACKDAW II

Dunino, Fife

Naval Air Station

WW2

JUFAIR

Bahrain

Naval Base

 

 

 

 

 

KING ALFRED

Hove

RNVR training establishment

WW2

KESTREL

Worthy Down

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

KILELE

Tanga, Tanzania

Naval Air Station

WW2

KIPANGA II

Mackinnon Road

Naval Air Station

WW2

KONGONI

Durban, South Africa

Naval Air Station

WW2

KORONGO

Nairobi, Kenya

Naval Air Yard

WW2

 

 

 

 

LANDLOCK

Cochin/Singapore

MOLCAB2*

WW2

LANDRAIL

Machrihanish

Naval Air Station

WW2

LANDSWELL

Cochin/Singapore

MOLCAB1 *

WW2

LANKA

Colombo

Naval Base

WW2

 

 

 

 

MACAW

Bootle, Cumberland

Naval Aircrew Reception Centre

WW2

MALABAR

Bermuda and Jamaica

Naval Base

 

MALAGAS

Wingfield, South Africa

Naval Air Station & Repair Yard

WW2

MARTIAL

Alexandria

MNBDO ** Depot Ship

WW2

MARVE

Bombay

RM Camp – Landing Craft

WW2

MASHOBRA

Narvik, Norway

MNBDO Base ship

1939-1940

MEDINA

Puckpool Camp, IoW

Aircrew New Entry Camp

WW2

MENACE

Portsmouth

MNBDO2 Base Ship

WW2

MERCURY

East Meon, nr Petersfield

RN Signal School

 

MERGANSER

Rattray, Scotland

Naval Air Station

WW2

MERLIN

Donibristle, Scotland

Naval Air Station & Repair Yard

WW2 & post WW2

MESSINA

 

LST 3043

 

MONAB ***

 

Mobile Naval Air Base

WW2

MONCK

Port Glasgow

Landing Craft Base

WW2

MORAGAI

Gan (Addu Attol)

Naval Air Strip

WW2

 

 

 

 

NABARON

Ponam & Pittyilu, Admiralty Islands

MONAB 4 ***

WW2

NABBERLEY

Bankstown, Australia

MONAB 2 ***

WW2

NABBINGTON

Nowra, Australia

MONAB 1 ***

WW2

NABCATCHER

Kai Tak, Hong Kong

MONAB 8 ***

WW2

NABHURST

 

MONAB 10 ***

WW2

NABREEKIE

Archerfield, Australia

MONAB 7 ***

WW2

NABROCK

Sembawang, Singapore

MONAB 9 ***

WW2

NABSFORD

Archerfield, Australia

Temporary Air Maintenance Yard

WW2

NABSTOCK

Maryborough & Schofields, South Africa

MONAB 6 ***

WW2

NABSWICK

Jervis Bay & Nowra, Aus

MONAB 5 ***

WW2

NABTHORPE

Schofields, South Africa

MONAB 3 ***

WW2

NARVIK

Monte Bello

LST 3044

1952

NELSON

Portsmouth

RN Barracks

 

NEPTUNE

Faslane

Submarine Base

 

NIGHTHAWK

Drem

Naval Air Station

WW2

NIGHTJAR

Inskip

Naval Air Station

WW2

NILE

Alexandria

Naval Base

WW2

NORTHENEY

Hayling Island

Landing Craft Base

WW2

NUTHATCH

Anthorn, Cumberland

Naval Air Station

WW2

 

 

 

 

ODYSSEY

Ilfracombe/London

RN Accounting base

WW2

OSPREY

Portland

Naval Base

 

OWL

Fearn

Naval Air Station

WW2

 

 

 

 

PEEWIT

East Haven

Naval Air Station

WW2

PEMBROKE

Chatham

RN Barracks

 

PEMBROKE II

Eastchurch

Naval Air Station

WW1

PEREGRINE

Ford, Sussex

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

PHOENICIA

Manoel Island, Malta

RN Accounting Base

WW2 & post WW2

PHOENIX

Fayid, Egypt

Naval Air Yard

WW2

PINTAIL

Nutts Corner, NI

Naval Air Station

WW2

PRESIDENT

London

RN Accounting Base

 

PROSPERINE

Lyness, Scapa Flow

Naval Base

WW2

 

 

 

 

QUEBEC

Inverary, Scotland

Combined Training Centre

WW2

 

 

 

 

RAJALIYA

Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Naval Air Station

WW2

RALEIGH

Torpoint, Cornwall

RN Training Establishment

 

RAVEN

Eastleigh, Hants

Naval Air Station

WW2

RINGTAIL

Burscough

Naval Air Station

WW2

ROBERTSON

Nr Sandwich, Kent

Landing Craft Base

WW2

ROBIN

Grimsetter

Naval Air Station

WW2

ROOKE

Gibraltar

Naval Base

 

ROSENEATH

Roseneath, Dunbartonshire

Landing Craft Base

WW2

ROYAL ALBERT

London & Germany

RN Accounting Base (NP 1749)

WW2

ROYAL ARTHUR

Butlins, Skegness

RN Training Establishment

WW2

ROYAL ARTHUR

Corsham, Wilts

Petty Officers’ School

Post WW2

ROYAL PRINCE

Krefeld, Germany

Landing Craft Base (Rhine Squadron (NP 1817)

 

 

 

 

 

ST ANGELO

Malta

Naval Base

 

ST GEORGE

Isle of Man

Naval Training Establishment

WW2

ST GEORGE

Portsmouth

Gunnery Range (Eastney)

 

ST HELIER

Dartmouth

Landing Craft Base

WW2

ST MATHEW

Burnham-on-Crouch,

Landing Craft Training

WW2

ST VINCENT

Gosport

RN Training Establishment

 

SAKER

New York, USA

RN Accounting Base

 

SANDERLING

Abbotsinch

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

SAUNDERS

Kabrit, Egypt

Combined Training Centre

WW2

SEABORN

Dartmouth, Canada

Naval Air Station

WW2

SEA EAGLE

Londonderry

Naval Base (see EGLINGTON)

 

SEAHAWK

Culdrose, Cornwall

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

SERUWA

Ratmalana, Sri Lanka

Personnel Transit Camp

WW2

SHEBA

Aden

Naval Base

 

SHRIKE

Maydown, NI

Naval Air Station

WW2

SIMBANG

Sembawang, Singapore

Naval Air Station & RM Camp

 

SISKIN

Gosport

Naval Air Station

Post WW2

SPARROWHAWK

Orkneys

Naval Air Station

WW2

SPHINX

Alexandria, Egypt

Naval Accommodation Camp

WW2

SPURWING

Hastings, Sierra Leone

Naval Air Station

WW2

SQUID

Southampton

Landing Craft Base

WW2

STRIKER

Malta

LST 3516

 

SULTAN

Gosport

RN Training Establishment

 

SUVLA

 

LST 3518

 

 

 

 

 

TAMAR

Hong Kong

Naval Base

 

TEMERAIRE

Portsmouth

RN PT School

 

TERROR

Singapore

Naval Base

 

TERN

Twatt

Naval Air Station

WW2

THUNDERER

Keyham, Plymouth

RN Engineering School

 

TRACKER

 

LST 3522

 

TURNSTONE

Watford

Air Fitter Training Camp

WW2

TURTLE

Poole

Landing Craft Base

WW2

 

 

 

 

UKUSSA

Katukurunda, Sri Lanka

Naval Air Station

WW2

URLEY

Ronaldsway, Isle of Man

Naval Air Station

WW2

 

 

 

 

VAIRI

Sulur, India

Naval Aircraft Storage Depot

WW2

VALKYRIE

Douglas, Isle of Man

RN Training Establishment

WW2

VALLURU

Tambaram, India

Naval Air Station & Air Yard

WW2

VANGUARD

Portsmouth

Training Squadron

Post WW2

VERNON

Portsmouth

RN Training Establishment

 

VICTORY

Portsmouth

RN Accounting Base

 

VULTURE

St Merryn, Cornwall

Naval Air Station

WW2 & post WW2

VULTURE II

Treligga, Cornwall

Bombing & Gunnery Range

WW2 & post WW2

 

 

 

 

WAGTAIL

Ayr, Scotland

Naval Air Station

WW2

WARA

Komenda, Takoradi, Ghana

Naval Air Station

WW2

WAXWING

Townhill Camp

Naval Air Depot

WW2

WESSEX

Southampton

RNR

 

WESTCLIFFE

Southend

Landing Craft Base

WW2

WOLVERSTONE

Ipswich

Landing Craft Base

WW2

 

Notes:

*     MOLCAB - Mobile Landing Craft Advanced Base

**   MNBDO - Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation

***  MONAB - Mobile Naval Air Base – final establishments commenced with ‘NAB’

Full details are not included where the name of the establishment had a Roman Numeral suffix (e.g., VICTORY I, II, III, etc.)

Recommended Reading:

Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy by Lt.Cdr. B Warlow RN (Maritime Books, Second Edition 2000) ISBN 0 907771 73 4

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands