Flying Fox in 2007
Royal Navy Ensign
United Kingdom
NameHMS Flying Fox
Commissioned18 November 1972[1]
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General characteristics
Class and typeStone frigate

HMS Flying Fox is a Royal Naval Reserve unit located in Bristol, England. Training over 100 reservists on Thursday evenings in Bristol, Flying Fox serves Bristol, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.


Bristol Division was one of the five divisions of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve formed in 1903. After the First World War the division was reformed and a new drill ship, the 24-class sloop HMS Flying Fox, was berthed at Bristol in 1924. Renamed Severn Division after the Second World War, HMS Flying Fox moved ashore to its present HQ in 1972. The ship itself was towed down the River Avon and across the Bristol Channel to a ship breaker's yard in Cardiff in 1973.[2]

Co-located on the site in Winterstoke Road are the Naval Regional Officer for Wales and West of England,[3] and the South West Area Sea Cadet HQ.[4]


  1. ^ Warlow, Ben (2000). Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy. Maritime Books. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-907771-74-6.
  2. ^ Fray Bentos (3 March 1973). "HMS Flying Fox" (photograph). 1970s photographs of lost Bristol.
  3. ^ "Media enquiries". Royal Navy. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Get in Touch". Sea Cadets. Retrieved 11 October 2015.

Coordinates: 51°26′04″N 2°36′59″W / 51.4344°N 2.6165°W / 51.4344; -2.6165