Nautical Training Corps Timeline

  • The Beginning
  • March 19, 1888

    Founder Born

    Our Founder 'Mr Frank Percy Carr' was born on this day in Lambeth, London.

  • June 31, 1904

    Royal Navy

    Our Founder on this day joined the Royal Navy where he reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

  • 1919 to 1920

    Change of Position

    Our Founder left the Royal Navy and then transferred to the RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves) and was commissioned as a Lieutenant and later Lieutenant Commander.

  • Nautical Training Corps
  • May 19, 1944

    NTC Founded

    The Nautical Training Corps was inaugurated on this day. The inaugural meeting was held at Richmond Road School and at that meeting the Founder was now known as Frank Percy Froest-Carr and held the rank of Chief Officer.

  • May 19, 1944

    Commissioning

    TS Nautilus (Division No. 1) commissioned in Brighton on this day.
    The headquarters were in Richmond Road School.
    The officers had 'NTC' above their rings on their uniforms, not the anchor. Cadets Cap Ribbons had NTC and not the name of their Division.

  • June 7, 1944

    Commissioning

    TS Enterprise (Division No. 2) commissioned in Hammersmith, London. (Decommissioned)

  • April 2, 1948

    Commissioning

    TS Adventure (Division No. 3) commissioned in Hove, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • The Fifties
  • October 24, 1954

    Commissioning

    TS Attentive (Division No. 4) commissioned in Southwick, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • April 17, 1956

    Commissioning

    TS Valiant (Division No. 5a) commissioned in Woodingdean, Brighton
    Commanding Officer was Norman Breeds.

  • 1956

    Commissioning

    TS Ajax (2nd London Division) commissioned in St. Pancras, London in this year. (Decommissioned)

  • March 25, 1957

    Commissioning

    TS Dauntless (Division No. 6) commissioned in Shoreham, West Sussex. The headquarters was in Ropewalk. (Decommissioned)

  • November 21, 1957

    Commissioning

    TS Loyalty (Division No. 7) commissioned in Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire with 194 caets and 20 officers. (Decommissioned)

  • September 2, 1957

    Commissioning

    TS Zealous (Division No. 8) commissioned in Patcham, Brighton.

  • October 1, 1957

    Commissioning

    TS Courageous (Division No. 9) commissioned in Crawley, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • 1958

    Founders Day, Crawley

    This year saw Founders Day being held in Crawley.
    Divisions present:- TS Enterprise, TS Nautilus, TS Valiant, TS Attentive, TS Adventure, TS Zealous, TS Courageous.

  • 1958

    Newsletter Published

    This year saw the first NTC newsletter published which was called 'Boatswain Call'.

  • November 13, 1959

    Commissioning

    TS Daring (Division No. 10) commissioned in Steyning, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • June 15, 1959

    Commissioning

    TS Resolution (Division No. 11) commissioned in East Grinstead.

  • The Sixties
  • 1960

    Commissioning

    TS Sturdy (Division No. 16) commissioned in Westerham, Kent in this year. (Decommissioned)

  • 1961

    Flotillas

    Old titles of geographic areas changed to Flotillas.
    (Brighton & District, London, Central, Solent & West Sussex and Eastern).

  • July 1, 1961

    Commissioning

    TS Explorer (Division No. 12) commissioned in West Leigh, Hampshire, with 200 cadets and 25 officers.

  • September 16, 1961

    Commissioning

    TS Indomitable (Division No. 13) commissioned in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

  • March 22, 1962

    Commissioning

    TS Intrepid (Division No. 14) commissioned in Lancing, West Sussex.

  • May 4, 1963

    Commissioning

    TS Alert (Division No. 15) commissioned in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • October 5, 1963

    Commissioning

    TS Unity (Division No. 17) commissioned in Emsworth, Hampshire.

  • August 8, 1964

    Commissioning

    TS Hardy (Division No. 18) commissioned in Heathfield, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • December 10, 1964

    Commissioning

    TS Nelson (1st Derby Division) commissioned in Derby. (Decommissioned)

  • 1965

    Celebrations

    21st Birthday Year of the NTC.

  • May 8, 1965

    Commissioning

    TS Protector (Division No. 19) commissioned in Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • June 10, 1965

    Commissioning

    TS Liberty (Division No. 20) commissioned in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • November 24, 1965

    Commissioning

    TS Fearless (Division No. 21) commissioned in Moulscombe, Brighton, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • July 23, 1966

    Commissioning

    TS Vigilant (Division No. 22) commissioned in Cowplain, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • October 18, 1966

    Commissioning

    TS Glorious (Division No. 23) commissioned in Tilgate, Crawley.

  • 1967

    Founders Day, Withdean

    This year saw the first Founders Day to be held at withdean Stadium, Brighton. The venue was changed as the Corps could not be accommodated at the Dome.

  • October 7, 1967

    Commissioning

    TS Exeter (Division No. 24) commissioned in New Addington, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • November 28, 1967

    Commissioning

    TS Active (Division No. 25) commissioned in Waterlooville, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • September 13, 1969

    Commissioning

    TS Tudor Rose (Division No. 26) commissioned in Langley Green, Crawley.
    The first all girls Division. (Decommissioned)

  • November 8, 1969

    Commissioning

    TS Superb (Division No. 27) commissioned in Gossops Green, Crawley, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • 1969

    National Band and Colour Contest

    This year saw the first National Band and Colour Contest.

  • 1969

    Celebrations

    25th Birthday Year of the NTC.

  • Seventies
  • Sptember 28, 1970

    Commissioning

    TS Wakeful (Division No. 28) commissioned in Cowplain, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • October 17, 1970

    Commissioning

    TS Reliant (Division No. 29) commissioned in Southbourne, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • November 4, 1973

    Commissioning

    TS Collingwood (Division No. 30) commissioned in Langley Green, Crawley, West Sussex.
    The first all boys Division. (Decommissioned)

  • 1975

    Published Book

    This year we saw 'Spun Yarn & Bell Bottoms' published, author being our founder, Mr F.P Froest Carr.

  • June 7, 1975

    Commissioning

    TS Enterprise (Division No. 31) commissioned in Saltdean (then Peacehaven), East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • December 13, 1975

    Commissioning

    TS Swiftsure (Division No. 32) commissioned in Copthorne, West Sussex.

  • 1975

    Passing Away

    The Corps Founder, Commodore F.P Froest Carr OBE passed away this year. The cremation took place at the Downs Crematorium, Brighton.

  • Ocotober 17, 1976

    Commissioning

    TS Endeavour (Division No. 35) commissioned in Addiscombe (then Shirley, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • October 22, 1977

    Commissioning

    TS Renown (Division No. 36) commissioned in Hayling Island, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • January 15, 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Dreadnought (Division No. 37) commissioned in New Addington, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • April 1, 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Triton (Division No. 33) commissioned in Folkstone, Kent. (Decommissioned)

  • September 30, 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Sturdy (Division No. 34) commissioned in Chichester, West Sussex.

  • 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Invincible (Division No. 38) commissioned in Hastings, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Endurance (Division No. 39) commissioned in Bexhill, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • December 31, 1978

    Commissioning

    TS Repulse (Division No. 42) commissioned in Hastings, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • March 10, 1979

    Commissioning

    TS Excellent (Division No. 40) commissioned in Thornton, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • Eighties
  • February 10, 1980

    Commissioning

    TS Fortitude (Division No. 41) commissioned in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.
    The first Division to cater for special needs children.

  • May 3, 1980

    Commissioning

    TS Tenacity (Division No. 48) commissioned in Portchester, Hampshire.

  • 1980

    Founders Day

    Founders Day held at the Brighton Centre.
    48 Divisions on parade.
    Parade Commander, Rear Commodore J. Corder.

  • May 31, 1981

    Commissioning

    TS Triumph (Division No. 49) commissioned in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • March 10, 1981

    Commissioning

    TS Implacable (Division No. 50) commissioned in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

  • 1981

    Founders Day

    Founders Day held at the Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.
    49 Divisions on parade.
    Parade Commander, C/O W. Smith.

  • February 2, 1982

    Commissioning

    TS Defender (Division No. 43) commissioned in Wadhurst, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • February 20, 1982

    Commissioning

    TS Avenger (Division No. 44) commissioned in Bexhill, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • September 19, 1982

    Commissioning

    TS Victorious (Division No. 45) commissioned in Horsham, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • June 6, 1982

    Commissioning

    TS Spartan (Division No. 51) commissioned in Uckfield, East Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • 1982

    Founders Day

    Founders Day returned to Withdean Stadium, Brighton.
    The Patron, Lavina Duchess of Norfolk and Sir Alec and Lady Rose in attendance.
    50 Divisions on parade with a reported 3000 members in total.
    Parade Commander, Rear Commodore J. Corder
    A new national Colour was presented by Senior Chief Officer S. Peacock. This colour replaced the Colour presented in 1971.

  • May 7, 1983

    Commissioning

    TS Crusader (Division No. 52) commissioned in Thornton Heath, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • November 14, 1983

    Commissioning

    TS Phoenix (Division No. 53a) commissioned in Selsdon, Croydon. (Decommissioned)

  • 1983

    Commissioning

    TS Northam Osprey (Division No. 53b) - (later TS Jupiter) commissioned in Eastleigh, Hampshire. (Decommissioned)

  • 1983

    Commissioning

    TS Ark Royal (Division No. 54) commissioned in The Oval, (later Camberwell), London. (Decommissioned)

  • 1986

    Band Contest

    Band Contest held at Crawley Leisure Centre.
    Crawley veterans marching band comprising mainly Ex NTC members gave a display.
    The over zealous Drum Major of TS Exeter (Anthony Winters) damaged the roof of the Leisure Centre with his mace.

  • 1988

    Flotillas/Regions

    Old Flotillas re-organised in line with local education area and county boundaries.
    (East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, West Sussex North, London).

  • Nineties
  • 1992

    NSTC Lion

    Work commenced on building NSTC Lion at Tipnor, Portsmouth.

  • 1993

    Queen's 40th Anniversary

    Corps bands take part in the National Music Day Parade in London.
    The bands were TS Tenacity, TS Spartan, TS Wakeful, TS Renown, TS Liberty and TS Unity.

  • 1994

    Celebrations

    This year saw the Nautical Training Corps celebrate our Golden Jubilee (including Founders Day) on Hove Lawns.
    37 Divisions on parade.

  • 1996

    Queen's 70th Birthday

    Corps band take part in the National Music Day Parade in London.
    The bands were TS Zealous, TS Nautilus, TS Implacable, TS Glorious, TS Sturdy, TS Spartan, TS Unity, TS Tenacity and TS Renown.

  • July, 1997

    Commissioning

    TS Hood (Division No. 55) commissioned in Anerley, London. (Decommissioned)

  • Noughties
  • 2000

    American Exchange

    The first exchange visit with the Boy Scouts of America (Troop 29, Dunellen, New Jersey and Ockanickon Scout Reservation) took place. The Scouts visited the UK.

  • January, 2001

    Commissioning

    TS Defiance (Division No. 56) commissioned in New Addington, Croydon.

  • 2001

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). NTC visited the USA.

  • December 5, 2002

    Commissioning

    TS Illustrious (Division No. 57) commissioned in Ashington, West Sussex. (Decommissioned)

  • 2004

    Celebrations

    This year saw the Nautical Training Corps celebrate our Diamond Anniversary (including Founders Day) held at Preston Park, Brighton and (National Band, Colour & Fanfare Competition) held at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill.

  • 2005

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). Scouts visit the UK.

  • 2006

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). NTC visited the USA.

  • 2009

    Celebration

    The new Nautical Training Corps defaced red ensign approved by the Ministry of Defence.

  • Twenty-Tens
  • 2010

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). Scouts visit the UK.

  • 2011

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). NTC visited the USA.

  • 2011

    Shoreham-by-Sea Parade

    West Sussex South Massed Band participated in the Freedom of Shoreham-by-Sea for HMS Shoreham.
    The bands were TS Intrepid, TS Sturdy and TS Implacable.

  • September 10, 2011

    Commissioning

    TS Montrose (Division No. 59) commissioned at Rose Green, Pagham, West Sussex.

  • 2013

    Commissioning

    TS Vengeance (Division No. 60) formed in Reigate. (Never Commissioned)

  • 2015

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). Scouts visit the UK.

  • 2016

    American Exchange

    Exchange visit with the American Scouts (Troop 29). NTC visited the USA.

  • 2017

    New Division on the Stocks

    TS Hunter, Guildford.

  • 2018

    Commissioning

    TS Defender (Division No. 63) commissioned in Emsworth, Hampshire. TS Defender combined two units (TS Unity and TS Explorer) into one due to low numbers on each unit.

  • 2018

    Regions Change

    Due to the reduced number of Divisions, the organisation of the Corps consolidated into three regions.
    (Eastern, Southern and Northern).

  • 2019

    Celebrations

    This year saw the Nautical Training Corps celebrate our Diamond Anniversary, 75 Years.

  • June 9, 2019

    75th Founders Day

    Founders Day was celebrated in Brighton attended by VIP's and Ex-Members of the Corps. The Patron, Rear Admiral R. John Lippiett CB CBE was in attendance.
    To celebrate our 75th Year, the cadets and officers created the outline of a '75', please see a photo here.

National Headquarters

National Headquarters is a building that serves as the main base of operations and serves as the organisations main offices for administrative and training staff, including Resources Department. National Headquarters takes responsibility for the overall success of the organsisation and is also referred to as the NHQ.

National Headquarters,
72 Wick Farm Road,
Wick,
Littlehampton,
West Sussex
BN17 7HG