Our Affiliations


We are extremely proud to be affiliated to HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 Frigate – and the fastest in the Royal Navy! She deploys all over the globe, and specialises in submarine hunting.

HMS Sutherland is the thirteenth of the Type 23 frigates. She was built on the Clyde by Yarrow Shipbuilders and launched by Lady Christina Walmsley in 1996. Royal Navy ships are usually launched with the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull, but when Sutherland was launched, Lady Walmsley broke with tradition and used a bottle of Macallan Scottish whisky.

Commander T.H Weaver RN

Commanding Officer,

Website – HMS Sutherland

The Ship’s Company – a crew of around 200 – is split into Warfare, Marine Engineering, Weapon Engineering, Logistics, Flight and Executive. They’re specialists in their own areas, though all members of the crew are also trained in ‘wholeship duties’ including damage control, fire fighting and first aid. Sutherland also welcomes specialists including as linguists, intelligence analysts and a Royal Marines boarding team depending on the operation.


RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Cardigan Bay (L3009) is an amphibious ship designed to carry and offload troops and their equipment – up to 400 people, plus 150 trucks or 24 tanks at once. She is a Bay-class Landing Ship Dock; an agile and useful vessel, poised and ready to support the Royal Navy with the scope to deploy anywhere in the world.

An adaptation of the Dutch Rotterdam class, the Bay-class replaced the ageing Sir-class of RFA ships. However, the Bay-class are larger, more capable, more flexible and have over twice the capacity of their predecessors. In fact, Bay-class amphibious landing ship can offload troops in rougher weather than previous ships, in half the time.

Her primary role is to get troops and equipment where they need to be, fast. 
With a floodable dock at the stern, RFA Cardigan Bay can offload troops either using landing craft or from her large flight deck. The ship can also carry ‘mexeflotes’ – 120ft-long powered pontoons (rafts) that can be used to ferry equipment ashore. 
Cardigan Bay’s large medical department is also a valuable asset. She can take on an enhanced medical team ready to become a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship, though this role is more typically carried out by RFA Argus.  
Cardigan Bay has also acted as ‘mothership’ to minehunters – she’s a real asset to our fleet. Meanwhile, her sister-ship, Mounts Bay, saved thousands of lives supporting Operation Ruman.

To find out more, click here.


THV (Trinity House Vessel) Galatea was designed with buoy handling, wreck marking, towing and multi beam and side scan hydrographic surveying capability.

At 84m long with a service speed of 12 knots, Galatea is fitted to the highest and most modern technical standards.

THV Galatea is a state of the art vessel enhanced by many additional features including DPAA dynamic positioning, a range of high specification survey equipment, a 30 tonne lift crane, a 1.2m² moon pool, a large working deck with the facility to lock containers on deck with plug in to 230v or 400v supply, a helicopter-landing pad and a high-speed workboat.

To find out more, click here.

The oldest youth charity in the world, offering a different kind of adventure for 10 to 18 year olds. Sea Cadets have 400 Units across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Bermuda and the Honourable Company of Master Mariners are proud supporters of their work. Our main affiliation is with London Southern District Sea Cadets. Additionally, each one of our Outports have a further affiliation to a Unit.

Many people are not aware that the Sea Cadet Corps, unlike the Army Cadets and the Royal Air Force Cadets, are not fully funded and therefore their volunteers are not funded and each Unit must fundraise to keep their doors open to the young people in our society. We are very proud of their work.

For more general information about the Sea Cadet Corps, click here.

London Southern District Sea Cadets

Major (SCC) B. Collier MCMI ASET RMR

District Officer,
London Southern District Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets London Southern District

We are proudly affiliated to the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. London southern is a group of 13 units spanning from Bexley in the south east round to Tooting in the south west. We currently engage with more than 400 young people twice a week at our units and deliver over 1000 training opportunities each year. This would not be possible with out our supporters. 

The world is changing

It’s changing in good ways. At Sea Cadets you’ll see teenagers who cycle miles to us because they can’t afford the bus fare, greeting their friend dropped off in a new car, and young people of all races and religions, of all abilities, chatting together, striving together, and cheering each other on.

But the world is also changing in tough ways. And too many young people are going into an adult world under-equipped with the resilience, self-belief and social confidence they need to make a decent life for themselves. Sea Cadets has the skills to change this.

More than a youth club

Many teenagers arrive at Sea Cadets excited at the prospect of all the adventures and activities they can have with us. And they’re brilliant fun. But quickly they see the depth of what they can gain here for their future and they grab it with both hands!

A future

You can literally see the difference Sea Cadets can make. In how they hold themselves, welcome new people, and support each other. How they listen better in school, aren’t offended by constructive feedback, and get on with teachers.

From Major B Collier, District Officer

School Affiliations

We are incredibly proud of our affiliation to The London Nautical School, based in Southwark, London. As part of our affiliation, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners provides a member who sits as School Governor. Our member is Captain John Freestone, a previous Honourable Company Past Master and alumni of the school.

Situated in the very heart of central London, the school was established over 100 years ago as an educational establishment to help all pupils achieve their full potential, this remains their core purpose. Their aim is for pupils to experience an education that develops all aspects of their personality and encourages them to become well-qualified, secure, happy, young adults able to manage themselves personally, socially, and academically and who are tolerant of difference.

“I am incredibly proud to be the Headteacher at LNS, and I am privileged to lead such dedicated staff and fantastic pupils. We provide an education that develops well-rounded young people who are prepared for the opportunities and challenges of their future lives.”
Mr Michael Schofield, Headteacher.

They have a dedicated Nautical department that tries to enrich their pupils in experiencing maritime skills and activities. Students in the sixth form can study maritime studies alongside their normal choices of A level subjects. This attracts students wishing to go to sea as well as students interested in maritime law, business or just love water sports. Sixth form students can study two maritime courses: STCW basic training and a level 3 BTEC in sailing and water sports.

To find out more information on The London Nautical School, you can visit their website by clicking here.

We are also incredibly proud of our affiliation to George Green’s School, based in East London. As part of our affiliation, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners provides a member who sits as School Governor. Our member is Commander Les Chapman RN, our current Senior Warden.

Over 180 years old, George Green’s School is named after a successful shipbuilder; who began his career as an apprentice at the Blackwell Yard in 1782, before marrying his employer’s daughter.

George Green used his wealth on charitable works and founded alms houses, sailors’ homes, a chapel and schools. Since the first school was built in 1828, the school has undergone many changes, passing through stages of an Elementary and Grammar school from 1928, before becoming the secondary school for the Isle of Dogs with its first comprehensive intake in 1975. Our vision for the future of George Green’s School is to be an exceptional school at the heart of the community, with strong business links and secure pathways to further education and employment.

Ms Jill Baker
Executive Principal
“I am extremely proud of the staff and students at George Green’s School. We have achieved so much together. This community deserves a great school at its heart and we strive to do that every day.”
Mr Jon Ryder
“My vision for the future of George Green’s School is to continue on our upward trajectory of success and growing from strength to strength; I am very ambitious for our students and would like more of them to progress to our sixth form to continue their journey. I also look forward to our provision being recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted”.

To find out more information on George Green’s School, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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