A ROYAL Navy training establishment in the area has appointed a new commanding officer. Captain Jonathan Woodcock was made boss of HMS Raleigh, in Torpoint, this week after taking over from Cdre John Keegean who has left to do a year- long course at the Royal College of Defence Studies. Prior to taking up his appointment at Raleigh, Capt Woodcock was in charge of the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan in Hampshire. He joined the Royal Navy in 1980 and following his basic training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, he took an engineering degree at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth. Since his graduation, Capt Woodcock has spent the majority of his Naval career at sea. He has also served on the Royal Yacht Britannia, HMS York and spent three years in a NATO exchange appointment to the Canadian 2nd Maritime Operations Group. Capt Woodcock said: 'Bringing young people into the Royal Navy is the most important task any of us can be asked to do. I am very proud to be asked to command HMS Raleigh and look forward to continuing the close links the establishment has with the local community.' Capt Woodcock is married to Joanna and has two children, Alexandra, 16, and Thomas, 13. His family home is in West Sussex where his children attend local schools.
New commanding officer for Raleigh
Friday 11th January 2008 12:00 am