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HMS Collingwood RNVCC


HMS Collingwood RNVCC, HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1AS.


Opening Hours

01329 332452


18:00 - 20:00


18:00 - 20:00

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The Royal Naval Cadets of HMS Collingwood are lucky to be based within one of the largest naval establishments in the country, the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare School.  We benefit from the support of our parent establishment including use of a fully kitted out gymnasium and sports facility.

Youngsters enjoy training and competitions in military and naval skills, as well as sports and adventure training while developing an awareness of their community and service.  In addition to instruction in skills and sports, VCC cadets also get the chance to attend camps during school holidays and represent their units at major public events such as Remembrance Day and Armed Forces Day.

One of our really popular activities is the cadet Field Gun.  Cadets can join our active and well-known field gun crew and compete against other cadet units for team and individual trophies.  The cadets pull an original Boer War 7 pounder muzzle loading field gun weighing over a third of a ton along a 100 yard course, swapping the wheels over half-way to simulate crossing an obstacle.  The wheels each weight 70 pounds, about the same weight of one of our cadets, and after running at full speed the cadets can certainly be seen to be earning their victory.

In the past the cadets have appeared at the Royal Tournament and more recently at HMS Collingwood Field Gun Open days, HMS Sultan Summer Shows and Shropshire Country Fair.

All of our cadets get to wear the traditional Royal Navy ratings uniform including ‘working rig’, and participate in traditional naval ceremonies.  The cadets also take part in parades so their local community get to see how smart they are.

We are open to any youngsters aged between 9 and 17 who live in the local area, and accept applications to join before the age of 9 for our waiting list.

Our key personnel are:

  • Commanding Officer: CPO (VCC) C Potter.

  • Executive Officer: vacant.

  • Training Officer: vacant.

  • Administration Officer: vacant.

  • Finance Officer: vacant.


Join Us

Join us either as a cadet, where you'll uncover your potential and explore new horizons, or as a member staff, guiding others to discover their strengths and thrive in a community committed to volunteering, leadership and mentoring.

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Want to Join HMS Collingwood Royal Navy Cadets?

Step into a world of opportunities and rewards by joining the Volunteer Cadet Corps! As a cadet, you'll dive into thrilling adventure training, refining your skills and delving into your passions alongside fellow enthusiasts. Experience the invaluable—learn diverse skills and partake in unique awareness and engagement visits. But it's more than that—our cadets forge lifelong friendships, hone leadership qualities, and nurture discipline and teamwork. Embrace growth as an individual while contributing to a community committed to the corps. Join us and embark on a journey of personal and collective development and have fun while doing it!

Could you be an adult volunteer with the Volunteer Cadet Corps at HMS Collingwood?

Could you help with administration? Could you drive cadets to their activities? Could you organise a weekend exercise? Could you present engaging and interesting lessons? Could you help maintain our stores and equipment? Could you be a first aider? Could you attend and support summer camps, adventure training activities and engagement visits? Could you teach our cadets to play an instrument? Could you train be our next paddlesport, hill walking, climbing, archery, fieldcraft, drill, boating or aviation instructor?

Not sure Joining us is for you just yet? Contact us using the form below to arrange a visit first and meet us first!

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