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HMS Caledonia

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Rosyth naval base, 2007
Rosyth naval base
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HMS Caledonia was a shore based Royal Navy training establishment located within the naval dockyard at Rosyth, and was responsible for artificer apprentice training from 1937 to 1985, with many thousands of young men said to have undergone training at the establishment.

From 1950 onwards, apprentices would have begun their training at HMS Fisgard, then transferred to HMS Caledonia for completion, and from 1985, apprentice training moved from HMS Caledonia to HMS Sultan, Gosport. In 1987, a reunion was held at HMS Sultan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of HMS Caledonia for the training of apprentices.

Previously referred to as the Engineering School, HMS Caledonia became a DLO (Defence Logistics Organisation) site, was referred to as DE&S (Defence Equipment and Support) and is now referred to as MoD Caledonia. Although Rosyth Naval Dockyard was privatised in 1997, when it was taken over by Babcock International, and became Rosyth Royal Dockyard Limited, HMS Caledonia remains on the site. Its role is now to provide the best professional support services possible to the Royal Navy, and more generally the MoD, on the east coast of Scotland, with particular emphasis on the requirements of ships in upkeep, operational and non-operational lodger units and their personnel in war, in crisis and in peace. This support includes: accommodation, catering, stores, armoury and ranges, sports and recreation facilities, and a medical centre. MoD Caledonia also supports a number of lodger units, which are hosted on the same site:

November 2016 announcement of closure

In November 2016 it was announced that MoD Caledonia would be one of 8 Scottish military bases in Scotland to close within 16 years.

Sir Michael Fallon said major Army bases at Fort George in the Highlands, Glencorse Barracks near Penicuik, Redford Cavalry and Infantry Barracks in Edinburgh, Stirling's Meadowforth Barracks and Forthside Barracks, and Craigiehall Barracks in Edinburgh were among 56 sites which would closed across the UK.[1]

  • The Sea Cadets
  • TS Fife Sea Cadet Corps
  • Royal Navy Careers Headquarters (North)
  • Royal Marine Band (Scotland)
  • Royal Marine Reserves Edinburgh
  • Royal Naval Acquaint Centre (Caledonia)
  • Tri-service Resettlement centre
  • Career Transit Partnership
  • HMS Scotia
  • 1145 Air Training Corps
  • Naval Regional Officer Scotland, Northern England, and Northern Ireland
  • Naval Regional Command Scotland and Northern Ireland (NRCSNI)
  • Directorate of Naval Shore Telecommunications (North)
  • Regional Careers HQ North (RCHQN)
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Ministry of Defence Guard Service
  • MDP Regional CID
  • Tri-Force Police Task Force
  • RAF Training and Evaluation Support Team
  • Ministry of Defence Guard Service
  • No1 Specialist Police Wing

(Occupancy varies from time to time as the RN moves units to and from the facility to meet operational requirements.)


1 Eight military bases in Scotland to close - BBC News Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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