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Captain Jo Deakin OBE CEng FIMechE RN takes command of HMS Sultan

Published: 01/09/2022

Captain Jo Deakin OBE CEng FIMechE RN, in uniform and wearing medals, next to a British flagThe Engineering Council would like to congratulate registrant Captain Jo Deakin OBE CEng FIMechE RN on her appointment as Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, the home of Royal Navy Marine and Air Engineering.

Captain Deakin is the first female Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, a shore based training establishment. Home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS), its primary function is to supply the Fleet with engineering Officers and Ratings of the highest standard.

On joining Captain Deakin said “There is no greater privilege for me than to be returning to the place where my naval engineer career began to assume of Command of HMS Sultan and the Defence School of Marine Engineering”.

“This is an incredibly exciting era to be an engineer in the Royal Navy – new ships, new submarines and new aircraft. HMS Sultan has a long-standing reputation as a world class centre of marine and air engineering. I look forward to leading the magnificent team at HMS Sultan and, by embracing innovation and diversity, deliver training fit for modern engineering technicians and engineer officers”.

Having joined the Royal Navy in 1994, Captain Deakin was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

As an Engineering Officer, Captain Deakin has served within RNAESS and DCTT at HMS Sultan. During her career, she has undertaken diverse roles within the Air Engineer sphere, including as Principal Aircraft Engineer Joint Aviation Group (Afghanistan), supporting ship aviation trials and as the Engineering Authority for helicopter engines.

A career highlight was serving as Cdr Air Engineering at RNAS Yeovilton, where she was responsible for nine aircraft types, manager of 550 Royal Navy maintainers and training provider for Phase 2B and Phase 3 training. Captain Deakin was the Fleet Air Arm’s Chief Aircraft Engineer for two and half years and has completed the Royal College of Defence Studies course in Security and Strategic for Global Leaders.

Please see the full Royal Navy announcement and their biography of Captain Deakin for further details.


For press enquiries:
Kate Webster, Engineering Council – 3206 0567

The Engineering Council was incorporated by Royal Charter in November 1981 to regulate the engineering profession in the UK. This is our 40th year of setting and maintaining standards, to ensure that society continues to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession.

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: