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Lieutenant Commander Frank Nowosielski MBE RN


Lieutenant Commander Nowosielski (pronounced "Nova-chos-ki") was Captain of HMS Victory from 1st April 1998 to 10th March 2006 - the longest serving Commanding Officer of the ship.

Lieutenant Commander Nowosielski, first served on HMS Victory from 1989 – 1992 as its First Lieutenant and was so inspired by the experience of working onboard that he was determined to come back to the ship as Commanding Officer. Six years later, on 1 May 1998, he took command and saw Nelson’s flagship through a number of changes, including an intense period of restoration and maintenance.

He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for his services to the ship. His Naval career was extended to oversee the celebrations marking the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar - the most high profile and busy period the ship has known since coming into dry dock in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 1922.

As well as hosting hundreds of official functions and meeting some high profile figures such as Sir Clive Woodward and Lesley Garrett, Frank also enjoyed building links with local schools over the years. He annually presented a leadership prize to the pupils at the Admiral Lord Nelson school and created a link with the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School and its Victory Centre which provides special needs support for those with learning difficulties.