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HMS Excellent
Bases and stations
HMS Excellent
Bases and stations

HMS Excellent

HMS Excellent is a renowned naval training base located on Whale Island in Portsmouth. It has a rich history of more than 100 years and offers a range of specialised training programmes to sailors.

Location information

Sailors carry out drill practice on HMS Excellent parade ground

Role of the base

The base is dedicated to honing essential skills and ensuring the readiness of Royal Navy teams. It houses Navy Command Headquarters and training facilities like the Defence Diving School and the Phoenix Damage Repair Instructional Unit. These sites train our teams for sea duties and operational deployments.

Training units

At HMS Excellent, various units operate to deliver training for critical situations.
Students undergo fire rescue training at RNAS Yeovilton Hot House

Firefighting Training 

Located on Whale Island, the purpose-built fire school replicates ship compartments for realistic training in firefighting techniques to sailors. It utilises gas-powered fires and smoke generators, allowing trainees to develop their firefighting skills in a safe and controlled environment.
Members of the Bristol Port Company taking the plunge in the simulator

Phoenix Damage Repair Instructional Unit

Simulating flooded ship compartments, this unit on Whale Island teaches sailors damage control techniques using hydraulics to mimic ship motion and has played a role in saving ships from sinking.

Base history

Find us

HMS Excellent

Contact Details

Wardroom Rd
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Email Address: [email protected]
Commanding Officer: Commander Simon Gale