New Pastoral Worker at HMS Nelson

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Paul Jackson, Aggie’s Pastoral Worker HMS Nelson

Paul Jackson has recently joined the Pastoral Worker team based at HMS Nelson.  Paul spent 36 years in the Royal Navy, most recently heading up the Portsmouth Divisional Support Group.  He has seen at first hand the impact that Aggies has in the naval community and is now looking forward to making his own contribution to that work.

Paul joins us with wealth of experience of the Royal Navy.

Paul, who had been a Sea Cadet at the Gloucester unit, joined the Royal Navy in 1983. On completion of his initial training at HMS Raleigh, he trained at HMS Collingwood in Fareham as a Weapons Engineering Mechanic, Ordnance. His first assignment was the Fleet Maintenance Base, HMS Defiance in Devonport, before joining the frigate HMS Broadsword. 

Following Leading Hands course in 1985 he served on frigate HMS Beaver and in 1989 he was promoted to Petty Officer. After spells at the Portland Naval Base maintenance facility and HMS Cambridge, Gunnery School in Devon, he joined frigate HMS Cumberland as Sea Wolf Launcher System Engineer in 1990.

From 1992 he worked at HMS Centurion in Gosport as a Career Manager and from 1994 he served in Hong Kong as the Weapon Engineering Officer of the patrol boat HMS Plover.  He was promoted to Chief in 1995 and returned to the UK to join the type 42 destroyer HMS York as Department Coordinator (DEPCO).  His next position was as Officer Of the Day on the Fleet Flag ship HMS Victory in 1998.  Following this he joined HMS Glasgow in 2000 as DEPCO and during this period he spent time in London as a fire fighter during the firemen’s strike.  Subsequently he joined the Water Front Office in Portsmouth as the type 42 desk manager. He joined Flag Officer Sea Training as a “wrecker” in 2004 . In 2006 he returned to Career Management at Fleet HQ on Whale Island, before joining BRNC Dartmouth as a Sea Training Instructor for young Officers in 2009, sending time on-board HMS Ocean and Illustrious.  Then at short notice he was reassigned to HMS Ark Royal as DEPCO and on its sudden demise, returned to Fleet HQ again as Career Manager in 2011.

On promotion to Warrant Officer First Class, he joined the staff of HQ Defence College of Technical Training based at HMS Sultan in 2013, as HQ WO.  In 2015 he was appointed Officer Commanding Naval Engineering Falkland Island(NEFI) and acted as Senior Naval Warrant Officer Falklands. From 2016 he took up his position as COMPORFLOT Executive Warrant Officer and then his final position was leading the Divisional Support Group in Portsmouth. 

With a passion for Great War history and the Royal Naval Division, Paul spends time each year walking historic battle fields. He is also an advanced RYA power and Safety boat Coxn, as well as holding RYA sailing qualifications.  He has been a Committee Member of the Gosport Sea Cadets.  Paul is married and lives in Hampshire with his wife Stephanie.