Up to 1,500 people could go as Torpoint loses logistics school
HMS Raleigh could lose up to 1,500 people from its Torpoint base when its logistics school moves to Winchester.
The move, announced by the Ministry of Defence last month, will see the Defence Maritime Logistics School move to a new purpose-built facility in Worthy Down.
Currently the school provides training to the chefs, stewards, supply chain specialists, writers and officers who make up the Royal Navy’s logistics branch.
The MoD said all of the service personnel would be relocated as “routine military business”.
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A spokeswoman for HMS Raleigh, said: “Numbers in the Defence Maritime Logistics School fluctuate as per the needs of the Service, but the school can provide training for up to 1,500 students each year, including Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and members of the Royal Naval Reserve.”
She said instructor numbers can also change but there are normally between 50 and 60 Royal Navy staff and 16 civilian posts filled by staff employed by a contractor.
Despite the large move, the MoD said the base would not be closing.
Deputy Mayor of Torpoint, Mike Pearn MBE, said: “That’s the good side, but to lose over a thousand people has a knock-on effect on the town – their families often come down and use bed-and- breakfasts here, so it will have an effect.
“It will make a vast hole in the number of people going through Torpoint, which is sad really.”
The move is expected to happen late in 2018, where students will then train at the tri-service facility in Winchester.
The MoD said neither the military personnel nor any civil servants would lose their jobs as a result.
At the end of 2010, it was reported that HMS Raleigh faced a “temporary restriction” on the number of recruits they took on.
The decision meant fewer passing-out ceremonies were held during the following months.
Mr Pearn added: “They used to have passing out parades every week during term times, then it dropped to three or four as less people were taken on and training was extended to eight or nine weeks. With the logistics school moving out, we want to know if something will be moving in. We’ve heard the possibility of the Commandos coming in, which will make up for losing the logistics school.”
The new site will bring together the majority of logistics and personnel administration training for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence said: “The Service personnel will be relocated as routine military business.
The 16 civilians are all contractors within the Fleet Outsourced Activities Project (Training) contract. It will be up to the contractor to reallocate their resources. No civil servants will