Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon

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Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon
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Active1940–1995
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
TypeTraining
RoleEngineering
Part ofEngineering Branch
Garrison/HQPlymouth

The Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon was a specialist training establishment of the Engineering Branch for the training of Royal Navy engineers. It was established in 1940 at Manadon. The college was renamed HMS Thunderer in 1946, and closed in 1995.

History

Plans were announced in 1937 to move the college to Manadon, and the new college opened in May 1940 at the manor house, expanding rapidly during the Second World War. By 1945 there were several new permanent and temporary buildings on the site, and the original manor house was being used for staff accommodation. In December 1946 the RNEC Manadon had been renamed HMS Thunderer. Further permanent building work took place following the end of the war, with a recreation block completed in 1947, and the instructional block, boiler house and factory workshop completed in 1951.

The old Keyham College closed in 1958 and was converted to the Dockyard Technical College, reopening in November 1959. The buildings were demolished in 1985.

HMS Thunderer produced around 150 RN engineer officers each year. In addition, a small number of seaman branch officers read for undergraduate arts degrees at the college. This continued until 1995 with the final Manadon students completing their 3rd year of BEng or BA degrees at Plymouth University in 1996. In parallel, in-service first degree education transferred to the University of Southampton from 1994. Postgraduate application training that had previously been conducted at RNEC Manadon transferred to HMS Sultan (marine and air engineering) and HMS Collingwood (weapon engineering). Various artefacts from the instructional blocks and Wardroom at RNEC Manadon are on display at these two establishments.

The site of the former RNEC at Manadon, Plymouth was sold off.

In Command

Included [1]
  • Engineer Captain: C. J. G. MacKenzie, CVO – 1940 – 27 November 1941
  • Captain (E): B. L. G. Sebastian, ADC – 27 November 1941 – 29 March 1944
  • Captain (E): W. D. Brown, DSO – 29 March 1944 – 6 November 1946
  • Captain (E): F. V. Stopford, ADC – 6 November 1946 – 5 November 1948
  • Captain (E): J. G. C. Given, CBE – 5 November 1948 – 16 November 1951
  • Captain (E): L A B Peile, DSO MVO – 16 November 1951 – 19 December 1953
  • Captain: C Gatey, CBE – 19 December 1953 – 26 May 1956
  • Captain: Sir John Walsham, Bt OBE – 26 May 1956 – 7 August 1958
  • Captain: Ian G. Aylen, OBE DSO – 7 August 1958 – 7 July 1960
  • Rear Admiral: Ian G. Aylen, OBE DSO – 7 July 1960 – 30 July 1960
  • Captain: R. C. Paige, – 30 July 1960 – 30 August 1962
  • Captain: W. T. C. Ridley, OBE – 30 August 1962 – 26 October 1964
  • Captain: W. B. S. Milln, MVO – 26 October 1964 – 28 March 1967
  • Captain Nigel Malim, MVO – 28 March 1967 - 24 June 1969 [2]
  • Captain: D. G. Satow, – 24 June 1969 – 22 April 1971
  • Captain: C. P. H. Gibbon, – 22 April 1971 – 31 May 1973
  • Captain: W. T. Pillar, – 31 May 1973 – 29 October 1975
  • Captain: R. G. Baylis, OBE – 29 October 1975 – 9 May 1978
  • Captain: P. G. Hammersley, OBE – 9 May 1978 – 2 June 1980
  • Captain: G. G. W. Marsh, OBE MA – 2 June 1980 – 31 July 1982
  • Captain: R. V. Holley, – 31 July 1982 – 17 August 1984
  • Captain R. A. Isaac, – 17 August 1984 – 5 August 1986
  • Captain: I. H. Pirnie, ADC MA – 5 August 1986 – 16 February 1988
  • Captain: J. A. Marshall, LVO – 16 February 1988 – 20 April 1990
  • Captain: T. J. England – 20 April 1990 – 7 August 1992
  • Captain: D. G. Littlejohns, – 7 August 1992 – 25 May 1994
  • Captain: B. M. Leavey, – 25 May 1994 – 5 July 1994
  • Captain: P. A. M. Thomas – 5 July 1994

Footnotes

  1. "Royal Naval Engineering College". rnecmanadon.com. Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. MALIM, Nigel Hugh (b 1919), Rear Admiral at kcl.ac.uk (Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives), accessed 3 July 2013