Diocese of Portsmouth

Chaplaincy in the Navy

The Naval Chaplaincy Service is called to serve the people of the Naval Service, their families and the wider Naval Community as the ‘friend and adviser of all on board’ – in particular to prepare them spiritually, emotionally and morally for the demands and rigours of Service Life.

Further details can be found on royalnavy.mod.uk

St Ann’s Church, HM Naval Base Portsmouth

After more than 200 years the Church of St Ann remains at the heart of Christian worship within Portsmouth Dockyard. The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10 am. Visitors are welcome to attend the service or visit during the week but please contact the chaplaincy in advance in order to make arrangements to access the Dockyard.

For information about baptism, weddings, blessings after a civil ceremony, funerals and other special services please contact the Chaplain of St Ann’s or the Chaplaincy Secretary.

The committal of ashes at sea of former service personnel is conducted according to the dignified traditions of the Royal Navy by a Service Chaplain from a Fleet tender just off Spithead. Please contact the Chaplaincy for further details.

Contact Us

The Naval Chaplaincy Team in HMS Nelson and HM Naval Base Portsmouth can be contacted on 023 9272 3000 or by email.

In an emergency the Duty Chaplain can always be contacted via the Officer of the Watch on 023 9272 3875.