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HMS Sultan

HMS Sultan is the home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS) whose primary function is to supply the Fleet with engineering Officers and Ratings of the highest quality.

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Trevor Gulley

HMS Bulwark, HMS Raleigh
Military experience

Captain Trevor Gulley joined the Royal Navy in 1982 after completing a Naval Architect Technician Apprenticeship at Devonport Royal Dockyard.

On completion of initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College and general fleet training in HM Ship’s Ledbury, Brocklesbury and Glamorgan, he completed an engineering degree at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC), Plymouth, graduating in 1985

Following initial specialist training as a Marine Engineer, he served as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer in HM Ship’s Glasgow and Sheffield. He returned to the RNEC to complete a MSc in Electrical Marine Engineering and a subsequent position in the Ministry of Defence at Bath (Director General Marine Engineering) as a project officer responsible for future machinery control and surveillance systems and procedural trainers.

Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1993, he served as the Marine Engineer Officer (MEO) in HMS Richmond prior to undertaking an appointment with Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) at Devonport where he conducted marine engineering training in an array of Royal Navy and broader European naval ships.

Promoted to Commander in 1998, he was appointed as the Naval Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Ship’s Support Agency at Bath and served as the Senior Naval Officer and MEO in HM Ship’s Invincible and Bulwark.

Following a short appointment to Commander in Chief Fleet HQ, he completed a 30 month period as the Training Commander at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s new entry training establishment. He returned to FOST as the Staff Marine Engineer Officer in September 2006 before attending the NATO Defence College in Rome and fulfilling a NATO staff officer role at the Joint Force Command HQ Naples, Italy.

Promoted to Captain, he initially assumed Command of the Defence School of Marine Engineering on 25 January 2011 and latterly assumed Command of HMS Sultan on 26 April 2013.

A Cornishman, he lives in his native town of Torpoint with his Brazilian wife Priscilla. He enjoys soccer (reduced to a spectator role these days), fine dining and motoring and retains an ambition to reinvigorate his surfing, wind surfing and musical prowess.




The team from HMS Sultan at St Vincent College
Royal Navy supports National Apprenticeship week
27 March 2014

Personnel from the Royal Navy and the Babcock FOAP(T) Apprenticeship...

HMS Sultan take on helicopter challenge for Sport Relief
21 March 2014

Sailors from HMS Sultan have been pulling together in an...

Royal Navy helps to defend Romsey from floods
17 February 2014

More than 300 Royal Navy sailors have been building up...

Sailors and Marines continue efforts against rising flood waters
13 February 2014

Military efforts to help those affected by flooding across the...


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