HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH
The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is extremely proud to be affiliated to HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. The Shipwrights' Company has enjoyed a long and close relationship with the Royal Navy and has previously been affiliated to HMS ARK ROYAL and, more recently, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. It is, therefore, a source of immense pride to the members of the Shipwrights' Company that they are now affiliated to the Nation's new flagship. Click on the Ship's crest to visit the website.
The Company makes an annual donation to the Ship which is used by the Captain to award prizes to those members of the crew deemed to have made significant improvements to the efficiency and moral component of their department throughout the year. A photograph of the 2020 recipients with Captain Angus Essenhigh OBE RN is below.
The Shipwrights’ have commissioned a new bell for the ship which has been cast by John Taylor and Co in their foundry in Loughborough. The bell, which will be loaned by the Shipwrights’ Company to the ship for the duration of her commissioned service is a capital ship’s bell of 19″ in diameter with canons cast upon its head. There is a decorative rope band comprising alternating Ships’ and Shipwrights’ badges around the upper section of the bell (above) and the waist will be engraved and resin blackened with the name of the ship and her year of commissioning, 2017. A photograph of the Ship's Commissioning Cake is to the right.
HMS Sultan is the home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS).
The primary function for HMS Sultan is to supply the Fleet with engineering Officers and Ratings of the highest standard. Click on the HMS SULTAN crest to visit the website.
The Shipwrights' Company awards the Fieldhouse Memorial Prize annually to the top Royal Naval student of the Nuclear Reactor Course at HMS SULTAN, Gosport in memory of Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Fieldhouse GCB GBE. The prize, which is a silver medal, was awarded to Sub-Lieutenant James Alexander Knox Royal Navy in March 2020.
The medal was established in 1982 by the Shipwrights’ Company in memory of Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport GCB, GBE. Lord Fieldhouse was a Shipwright, as indeed was his wife. He had a most distinguished career during which he commanded 3 conventional submarines ACHERON, TIPTOE and WALRUS before commanding the Nuclear Submarine DREADNOUGHT and the aircraft carrier HERMES. He was eventually appointed Chief of the Defence Staff and, as Fleet Commander, was responsible for the recapture of the Falkland Islands in 1982.
HMS President is the largest Royal Naval Reserve unit in the country, maintaining a permanent Royal Navy presence in London, whilst offering reservists a full range of RNR career opportunities, combined with a vibrant sports and social programme.
The Shipwrights' enjoys a close but informal relationship with HMS PRESIDENT. Click on HMS PRESIDENT's crest to visit the website.
The Shipwrights' Company enjoys a close affiliation with the Army's Shipwrights who are all members of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) based with 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps at Marchwood Military Port near Southampton. The Army's shipwrights are all trained metalsmiths and work on the Army's fleet of vessels.
The Shipwrights' Company presents an annual award to the Army shipwright ranked Corporal or below from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Worsksops judged to have produced the highest quality portfolio of maritime work during the year. The award is presented in London at an event at which the winner is accompanied by a senior member of the Regiment.
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The Livery Climate Action Group was formed in 2021 to assist City of London Livery Companies and Guilds to manage their impact on climate change and the environment by reducing carbon emissions and making responsible use of resources. The link to LCAG website is here