of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889)

The Royal Navy Club (charity no. 248962) uniquely connects officers qualified for sea command in the Royal Navy, serving or retired. It also provides opportunities for members to dine together in order to renew friendships, exchange professional views and network. It has an unbroken history of RN sea command from 1765 and is proud to list Admiral Lord Nelson amongst other significant British naval sea commanders since.

Our charitable purpose is to support needy widows, widowers, siblings, orphan children and dependants of former members.


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Our Patron: His Royal Highness, THE Prince of Wales

On 15th September 1971, His Royal Highness joined the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, under the graduate entry scheme, as Acting Sub-Lieutenant. The Duke of Edinburgh, and his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, had both been at Dartmouth.

A 1974 Pacific voyage on the frigate HMS Jupiter included calls at Singapore, New Zealand, Tonga, Western Samoa, Honolulu, San Francisco, Acapulco and Bermuda.  On 1st May 1973, The Prince of Wales was promoted to Acting Lieutenant.

On 2nd September 1974 The Prince joined the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton for helicopter flying training before being assigned to 845 Naval Air Squadron as a pilot on board the commando carrier HMS Hermes. Following a lieutenant’s course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, The Prince was given command of his own ship; the minehunter HMS Bronington, for the final ten months of his active service in the Royal Navy ending on 15th December 1976.

In January 1977 he was promoted to the rank of Commander before ending his active Royal Naval service later that year.


The winner of the Royal Navy Club annual prize 2021 has been announced as Lt Cdr Hugo Floyer. The 2020 prize was won by Lt Cdr Dan Briscoe, but operational and COVID-19 restrictions conspired to prevent the prize being presented in person. Both prizes were presented to the deserving winners at the Founders’ Day dinner on 3 February 2022 by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC. The Royal Navy Club introduced an annual prize in 2017 very much associated with our core ethos of sea command.


NEXT DINNER – to celebrate HM The Queen’s Birthday

We will celebrate HM The Queen’s birthday and commemorate the Royal Navy’s part in the Korean War with a dinner on Friday 10 June onboard RY Britannia in Leith. Further details will be posted but members are reminded that this is a guest night and spouses and partners are welcome

See the latest Dinner Card here


I render my Annual Report for the Royal Navy Club of 1765 and 1785. The full report is here.