Royal Navy

Introduction

We lead a very mobile life in the Naval Service and from the days of sail and muskets, patterns of life have grown up to adapt some of the rites of passage to our circumstances: a ship’s bell for a font; an arch of swords for a wedding gateway; a mournful Last Post to commend someone to God.

Because we are a community of people spread to the ends of the earth, the geographical opportunities offered by parishes are not ours. We need to feed the life of faith in different ways.

These pages open up some of the opportunities we have and explain some of our customs and traditions. Your local Catholic Chaplain or the Principal Chaplain will be only too happy to take this further with you.

We are also fortunate to have a Pastoral Assistant, Ian Crabtree, a retired Royal Navy Commander, to assist the chaplains with the administration of the chaplaincy, the organising of events and Sacramental preparation. He is also the key link between the Chaplaincy and our Naval Catholic community.

 

If you would like to receive regular updates of life and events in the chaplaincy then please send an email to ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk to be included on the Chaplaincy email distribution. Please also feel free to use Ian as a first port of call for any queries you may have.

 Father David Conroy QCVS QHC VE RN,

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval)

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Chaplains

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain


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

Chaplains

Rev. David McLean OP BSc BD RN (Dominican) 18 Sept 1996

Rev. Robert Matau (Westminster) May 2015

Rev. Victor Dawkan (c/o Nottingham) Jan 2020

Full-Time Reserve Service (FTRS)

Rev. Daniel F Hernandez (Gibraltar)

ESTABLISHMENTS IN PORTSMOUTH & PASTORAL AREA EAST

HMS Nelson, HM Naval Base


Royal Navy RC Pastoral Assistant

Cdr Ian Crabtree BSc MCIPD RN (rtd)
The Chaplaincy,

PDC (RC), NW Admiralty House, PP13,

HM Naval Base Portsmouth,

PO1 3LR

T: 023 9272 4232.
E: ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk

HMS Sultan, Gosport


Rev. David Conroy QHC QCVS 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 Raleigh


Rev. Robert Matau RN

The Chaplaincy,

HMS Raleigh,

Torpoint,

Cornwall

PL11 2PD

T: 01752 811225
E: Robert.matau100@mod.gov.uk

HMNB Devonport and DEVFLOT


Officiating Chaplain

Rev Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

T: 01752 555931

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 Heron


RN Air Station, Yeovilton


Officiating Chaplain:

Rev. Jean-Patrice Coulon
(Served from The Holy Ghost Church, The Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4AR)

E: jpcmsfs@yahoo.co.uk

Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines,

Chivenor

Officiating Chaplain:

Rev. Philip Waites
E: Philwaites@uwclub.net

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE NORTH WEST

HMS Eaglet


Officiating Chaplain: Rev David Gamble
The Chaplaincy,

HMS Eaglet,

RNHQ Merseyside,

East Brunswick Dock,

Liverpool L3 4DZ

E: d.gamble@rcaolp.co.uk

 

JOINT SERVICE

JOINT SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS PJHQ
 

Rev. David McLean OP RN
Chaplain Office,

Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK),

Bldg 410,

Sandy Lane Northwood

HA6 3PH

T: 01923 955125
E: David.mclean132@mod.gov.uk

HQBF Gibraltar


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

Main Street

BFPO 52

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

ESTABLISHMENTS IN SCOTLAND

HMS Neptune,

HM Naval Base Clyde

 

Officiating Chaplain:

Rev Michael Maloney

T: 01436 674321 Ext 8266

45 Commando Royal Marines Officiating Chaplain
 

Rev. Michael Carrie
E: Michael.carrie@hotmail.com

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