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Royal Navy

Introduction

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 Father David Conroy QCVS QHC VE RN,

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval)

Welcome to the Royal Navy section of the Bishopric website where hopefully you will get a flavour of what life is like for our serving Catholic laity and clergy. The Royal Navy is distinct in the way that its chaplains minister to its people, devoid as we are of structured rank. Instead we use the convention that the rank of chaplain ‘floats’ to match the rank of whoever the chaplain is talking to, thus ensuring that the conversation happens between equals. It’s a convention that the Senior Service has used for centuries and it has served us well, allowing Sailors and Royal Marines to use the familiar term ‘Bish’ when addressing their chaplain. 


The Gospels are awash with events that happen on, or close to, the sea. As catholic priests, serving in this challenging but hugely rewarding environment, we seek to make the Gospel of Christ real to our men and women so that they are supported morally, spiritually and emotionally as they serve our great maritime nation. And our catholic serving personnel respond with great enthusiasm and faith. 
For our chaplains this is a specialist ministry. Our naval ‘parish’ is diverse, young and enthusiastic. As well as serving their country our people also face the challenges of everyday life. We are here to be with them on that journey, to celebrate the sacraments with them, to pray with them and to encourage them in their faith. It would give us great comfort to know that you, whoever you are and wherever you may be, are praying for us too, perhaps using the final verse of the naval hymn:

O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren’s shield in danger’s hour;From rock and tempest, fire and foe,Protect them wheresoe’er they go;Thus evermore shall rise to TheeGlad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Finally, if you would like to know more about catholic life in the Royal Navy please feel free to get in touch either with me directly or via our Pastoral Assistant Ian Crabtree. Ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk 


Ian also looks after sacramental preparation, religious and social events. If you would like to be added to our database and receive updates about IMP Lourdes, HCPT etc please let him know. 

Click here to find out about becoming a Catholic Chaplain in the Armed Forces.

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Welcome and congratulations to AB Tony Deans RN who was received into the Catholic Church and Confirmed by Bishop Paul on Easter Sunday at HMS Collingwood. Our picture shows Bishop Paul with Tony standing next to the Paschal Candle.

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for his new life in Christ.

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Chaplains

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval)


Rev. David Conroy QHC RN (Galloway) 24 Sept 2000

Chaplains

Rev. David Conroy QHC RN (Galloway) 24 Sept 2000

Rev. Robert Matau RN (Westminster) May 2015

Rev. Victor Dakwan RN (c/o Nottingham) 4 Apr 2020

Rev. Thomas Bakulumpagi RN (Southwark) 3 Sep 2020

Rev. Daniel Hernandez RN (Gibraltar) 

Officiating Chaplains to the Military (OCM)

Rev Philip Carroll

Rev Jean-Patrice Coulon

Rev David Gamble

Rev John Humphreys

Rev Michael Maloney

Rev Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

Rev Deacon Philip Waites

Pastoral Assistant

Cdr Ian Crabtree KSG RN (Rtd)  

ESTABLISHMENTS IN PORTSMOUTH & PASTORAL AREA EAST

HMS Nelson 

HM Naval Base Portsmouth

 

Cdr Ian Crabtree KSG RN (rtd)
The Chaplaincy,

 Admiralty House North Wing, PP13,

HM Naval Base Portsmouth 

PO1 3LR

T: 02392 724232

E: ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk

Surface Flotilla (East)

Rev Robert Matau RN

E. Robert.matau100@mod.gov.uk 

Rev Thomas Bakulumpagi RN

E. Thomas.Bakulumpagi100@mod.gov.uk 

The Chaplaincy, Rodney Block

HMS Nelson, HM Naval Base Portsmouth

PO1 3HH

T: 02392 723000

HMS Sultan


Rev. David Conroy QHC RN
The Chaplaincy, HMS Sultan,

Military Road, Gosport 

PO12 3BY

T: 02392 542686
E: David.conroy977@mod.gov.uk

ESTABLISHMENTS IN DEVONPORT & PASTORAL AREA WEST

HMS Drake

HM Naval Base Devonport 


OCM: Rev Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

The Chaplaincy, Fisher Block,

HMS Drake, HMNB Devonport,

PL2 2BG

T: 01752 555931

E: bnannery2014@gmail.com

Britannia Royal Naval College

Under the care of the Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain, RN


The Chaplaincy, BRNC,

College Way, Dartmouth, Devon,

TQ6 0HJ

T: 01803 677021

HMS Raleigh

 

Rev. Victor Dakwan RN

The Chaplaincy, HMS Raleigh,

Torpoint, Cornwall 

PL11 2PD

T: 01752 811225
E: Victor.Dakwan100@mod.gov.uk 

 

HMS Heron

RN Air Station Yeovilton


OCM: Rev. Jean-Patrice Coulon

The Chaplaincy, RNAS Yeovilton,

Yeovilton, Somerset

BA22 8HT
(Served from The Holy Ghost Church,

The Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4AR)

T: 01935 423549

E: jpcmsfs@yahoo.co.uk

Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines

OCM: Rev. Deacon Philip Waites

The Chaplaincy, CDO LOG REGT RM, 

Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon 

EX31 4AZ

T: 01271 879344
E: Philwaites@uwclub.net

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE NORTH WEST

HMS Eaglet

RNHQ Merseyside


OCM: Rev David Gamble
The Chaplaincy, HMS Eaglet, 

RNHQ Merseyside, 

East Brunswick Dock, Liverpool

L3 4DZ

T: 0151 929 2149

E: d.gamble@rcaolp.co.uk

 

JOINT SERVICE

HQBF Gibraltar


Rev. Danny Hernandez RN
Command Chaplain, The King’s Chapel, 

Main Street, Gibraltar 

BFPO 52

T: 00350 2005 5414
E: Daniel.Hernandez830@mod.gov.uk

ESTABLISHMENTS IN SCOTLAND

HMS Neptune

HM Naval Base Clyde

 

OCM: Rev Michael Maloney

The Chaplaincy, HMS Neptune,

HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Helensburgh,

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

G84 8HL

T: 01436 674321 Ext 8266

E: Michael.Maloney102@mod.gov.uk

45 Commando Royal Marines
 

OCM: Vacant

The Chaplains Office

45 CDO Group RM, RM Condor,

Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

DD11 3SP

T: 01382 539476
E: