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3PWRR Andover Freedom Parade


Residents of Andover in the Borough of Test Valley came out in force yesterday to enjoy a Freedom Parade by the three military regiments who have been granted the Freedom of the Borough; 22 Engineer Regiment representing the Corps of Royal Engineers, the 3rd Battalion of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and the Army Air Corps.

Service personnel from the three regiments, led by the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regimental Band marched through the town centre in a show of ceremony and colour with bayonets fixed.  The parade concluded with a flypast of an Apache Helicopter by the Army Air Corps and a memorial service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme took place in the Garden of Remembrance.

The civic party was led by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esquire and The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Karen Hamilton.

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Colour Sergeant Billy Menzies, 34 is from Andover.  A Regular Army Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, Billy has been posted with the 3rd Battalion PWRR in a training capacity.  His role has been to provide training weekends focusing on developing their medical capability.  He said “Working with the Reserves has been absolutely amazing which, to be honest, was completely unexpected.  They are 100% professional as is their commitment because they have to juggle their careers and their families as well.” He added “I am really proud to march through my home town today and it’s nice to come back as I don’t get here very often.  Hopefully I’ll see some old friends in the crowds”.

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Private Chris Jones, 22, has been a member of the Army Reserve for almost four years, serving with 3 PWRR based at HQ Company in Canterbury. Chris worked in Customer Care for the National Trust but after deploying on Operation TOSCA in Cyprus and on Operation TORAL in Afghanistan with 1st Battalion Royal Anglian, he has now decided to pursue a military career.  He said “I’m just back from an operational tour in Afghanistan and I’ve decided that I’m going to transfer full time to the Royal Navy in January next year.  I’d like to become either Aircrew or a diver.”

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Corporal Russell Butler, 32, is an Army Reservist with A Company in Farnham and works for a logistics company.  He said “I’ve been a member of the Army Reserve for four and a half years.  I left the Regular Army in 2005 after serving more than six years with the 1st Battalion PWRR and toyed with getting back in.  Being a reservist is better than I thought and they are more experienced and more current than I thought they’d be.  There’s always something different to do whether it’s ceremonial, community based or green training”.  Russell is originally from Basingstoke and said “I feel quite proud to be on parade today especially as my wife and kids are here too”.

http://www.serfca.org/Reserves/Army-Reserve/Infantry/HQ-The-Buffs-Company-3PWRR

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The End of my Tour


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I left in the summer, two weeks before the end of Trinity term. Oxford is at its most beautiful then. Long evenings, village cricket, garden parties, balls; these were my last impressions of the University and the town. No doubt it would have been easier to leave in the grey drizzle of winter.

I joined Sydney University Regiment of the Australian Army Reserve in 2010, in the last year of my undergraduate studies. In 2011, when I was awarded a scholarship to study at Oxford, I decided to continue my service with the British Army in the 7th Battalion of the Rifles Regiment (7RIFLES). It may come as a surprise to some readers that there are still a large number of Commonwealth soldiers serving in the British Army. In 2010 one in ten soldiers serving in the British infantry was from the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth. I’m now in Afghanistan with Gurkhas, Fijians, Ghanians, South Africans, soldiers from the Caribbean, as well as two other Australians.

Rifleman Jones

Rifleman Jones

In the middle of last year I volunteered to suspend my studies at Oxford and deploy to Afghanistan. With twenty other reservists, I joined B Company, 2nd Battalion of the Rifles, to provide force protection to British forces in Kabul. We arrived in theatre in the first week of August.

Kabul is a city of sharp contrasts: the most polluted city in the world, set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains; million pound, of state-of-the-art military vehicles driving past overladen donkey carts; soldiers and police everywhere but ever deteriorating security. Through conversations with our interpreters, guards and other ‘Locally Employed Nationals’, I am constantly reminded what a shame it is that we are in Kabul at such a difficult time in its history; this city has a rich culture and history that its inhabitants are justly proud of. It also has a long history with the British army, something that is difficult to forget in Camp Souter – named for Captain Souter, one of the few survivors of the army’s disastrous, 1848 retreat from Kabul.

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Our life as force protection troops in Kabul has been largely governed by a three-week rotation, between patrolling, standing guard and providing the ‘quick reaction force’ (QRF). Of these three, patrolling is the upheld as the Riflemen’s favourite. On patrols week our job is to protect British and NATO personnel as they move around the city. It is a chance to employ our training, escape the claustrophobia of camp, see the city and – not least of all – hopefully visit an American dining facility (‘DFAC’). Guard week is tiring, although you get an interesting perspective on the city by standing and observing over long periods from Camp Souter’s sangers (guard towers). Some truly strange things have been reported on guard, which has coloured our appreciation of Kabul. Although, I suspect if you stood and observed some point on the outskirts of Oxford (or London, or Sydney) for hours on end you might see some equally strange things. QRF week is a chance for us to administer our kit and conduct training…and watch movies, while waiting for a call-out should a NATO call-sign get into trouble.

Now, at the end of our tour, the prospect of returning to Oxford looms. I suspect that the University town holds a special place in every student’s heart, but for me it has become even more idyllic by contrast. All its idiosyncrasies, which I recall being occasionally frustrating, only make Oxford seem further gloriously removed from troubled Kabul. And, although I confess to pining badly for Sydney’s beaches – particularly during the Afghan winter – Oxford has never been far from my mind.

For more information you can visit http://www.serfca.org/en-gb/reservists/armyreserve/bhq7thbattaliontherifles.aspx

On tour with Army Reservist Riflemen Ben Eden 7RIFLES


Rifleman Ben Eden  from A Company 7 RIFLES

Rifleman Ben Eden, 21, 7 Rifles attached to 2 Rifles for Op Herrick 20/ Toral 1

I live in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and am part of 2 platoon A company 7 Rifles. My ARC (army reserve centre) is approximately 2 miles away from my house, in High Wycombe, with the company location being in Abingdon, Oxford.

On civvie street I work as an assistant manager at a nearby restaurant called ‘The Britannia’ owned by McMullen and Sons, who are based in Hartford. I have wanted to join the armed forces ever since I was a kid. This ambition never really left me, and would have led to gaining a sponsorship through university with the regular army, If I decided to go to university (which I decided was not for me as I didn’t think it was worth the £9000 a year in tuition fees). After making the decision not to go to university I still looked at joining the regular army after completing my A-levels, but without going for a commission.

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When I turned 18 I started to work at my local pub and quickly realised that I really enjoyed working in pubs, and was quickly promoted. By the age of 19 I knew this would be my career after being left to run the pub for 2 weeks whilst my general managers went on holiday. Soon after that my current place announced that it was opening, and my boss told me to go and apply there if I was serious about one day running my own pub, as it was part of a chain and my local pub was not. I went, applied and got a job. Once again I was quickly put onto courses, gained qualifications and gained promotions.

As soon as I realised I wanted to work in this trade, I also realised that I could not join the regulars. I started to look for other options, and found that there was an ARC nearby! I went down on the Tuesday evening, spoke to the recruitment NCO, and before I knew it I was on selection and then being attested and starting phase one training. I have now been in the army reserves for a little over 3 years.

As soon as the option to volunteer for this tour came up I knew I wanted to go on it and applied, along with 2 others from my company. Within no time, I had the documents for mobilisation come through my door and immediately went to tell my bosses that I would be away for a year. They were really supportive about and wished me good luck with it.

At first we were all a bit anxious about how we would fit in with our regular counterparts but within no time we were quickly integrated into their ranks and were going through daily life in camp along side them. Whilst on our confirmation exercise we continued to prove ourselves and show that we were more than willing and that were more than capable of the job, with one of our guys surprising everyone by being able to bring his civilian job (refrigeration engineer) to the table and fixing the foxhounds air conditioning.

We are here in Kabul to provide a QRF (quick reaction force) to the Kabul area and to provide security for people who need to travel around the city.

For more information on the unit please visit http://www.serfca.org/en-gb/reservists/armyreserve/bhq7thbattaliontherifles.aspx

Army Reserves Prepare for the Commonwealth Games


Mobilised for the Commonwealth Games

More than 2,000 military personnel from all 3 services, including hundreds of Reserves, have been tasked to assist with venue security as well as undertaking a number of ceremonial roles. We intend to deliver to you a weekly Blog from a Reservists perspective…..

2014 Commonwealth Games Logo

2014 Commonwealth Games Logo

Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, the Standing Joint Commander, said:

The armed forces have always provided support to the civilian authorities in the UK whenever it is needed. We are ready to assist in whatever contingencies may arise and have done so during the 2012 Olympics and more recently during the floods crisis. We are extremely proud to be able to provide support to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as part of a task that reflects the flexibility, capability and adaptability of our armed forces. As part of our shared commitment to ensure a safe and secure Games, the UK government will fully fund this military contribution, with no costs being incurred by Police Scotland.

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RTMC Chilwell

All personnel mobilising for the Commonwealth Games made their way to RTMC Chilwell to start the mobilisation process on 10th July 2014 – At 0800hrs the mobilisation begins with briefings on the task ahead and the mobilisation process:,J1 administration and a medical.  All personnel from 103 Bn REME and 3 PWRR successfully passed. 11th July 2014 – All personnel move to Grantham to commence the training package. 12th July 2014 – After a few short briefings all troops were split into small groups and the SIA (Security Industry Authority) training began .

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Security Industry Authority Certificate

Perseus a civilian security company took the lead role in the training, they trained us in “Working in the private security industry” and “Managing conflict and challenging behaviour” both of which were to City & Guilds level 2 standards and consisted of 4 theory exams, 1 theory assessment and a physical assessment. 15th July 2014 – After a long and tiring few days of training, most of the mobilised personnel head off to Grantham town centre for a well-earned and deserved social evening. 16th July 2014 – Currently waiting to move to Glasgow, moral is high and everyone is looking forward to the challenge ahead. The mobilised personnel from 103 Bn REME and 3 PWRR wish to thank all the staff from RTMC Chilwell, Grantham and Perseus for all their kind help and advice during the mobilisation process and training package.

LCpl Arkwright, 103 Bn REME

 

Another Successful Year for the Band


Reigate Sea Cadets recently competed in the Southern Area band contest

Sunday 15th June 2014 saw the Southern area Sea Cadets band contest, with Reigate entering for the third year in a row following their triumph at the 2013 contest seeing them through to the National Competition at the Tower of London. Despite the grey weather and early start, the band built upon their achievements from last year by winning trophies for “Best Bugle Section” and “Best Marching Display”, as well as coming second overall in the Championship Class. Leading Cadet Cameron Ballantyne, who has been the Drum Major for over two years, was also awarded a silver medal in the “Best Drum Major” competition. Sadly for us he is turning 18 in July and will be leaving cadets with aspirations of joining the Army. We congratulate and thank him for playing such a huge part in the Band’s successes over the past few years.

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Band form up

PO Smith, Bandmaster, said “I’m extremely proud of the achievements of the band at the competition. The whole team is clearly improving every year and I’m confident that, with their continued commitment and effort, we have a real chance of taking home some silverware from the National competition next year.”

Reigate Sea Cadets

Reigate Sea Cadets

As the National Competition is a biennial event, the band will not advance further this year; however this news may bring some relief to the cadets, staff and parents who have all worked very hard over the last few weeks to make sure the Band were on top form for the contest. BZ to all!

If you want to know more about Reigate Sea Cadets please visit http://www.sea-cadets.org/reigate/home.aspx

Exercise ASKARI STORM 5


3 PWRR In Kenya

Following a two year career break from the Army Reserve (AR) I returned to 3 PWRR in Feb 2013. Although I was unable to deploy on Op TOSCA with the Battalion (Bn) I was able to complete an intensive training year which culminated in leading a AR Platoon (Pl) in an Integration Pilot Exercise with 1 R ANGLIAN.

As part of the Army 2020 programme 3 PWRR are to be ‘Paired’ with 1 R ANGLIAN and our initial integration began with a visit by OC, A Coy, 1 R ANGLIAN to our Annual Training Event (ATE) in Sennybridge last summer. It was during this visit that it became clear that we would be required to provide a Pl, trained to Live Fire (LF) Section Attack, to attend the ‘VIKING Battlegroup’ Ex ASKARI STORM 5 in Kenya. This was to occur during January and February 2014. In Army Reserve terms the six months lead time given was not a lot and due to heavy Bn commitments including our Annual Training Exercise in June, training could not start in earnest until mid October last year.

On patrol in Kenya

On patrol in Kenya

Our initial training began with a Transition to Live Firing (TTLF) / Selection weekend followed by a week of LF in Warcop with A Coy, 1 R ANGLIAN during mid November and a combined exercise at the end of that month (this was a mix of Fighting in Built Up Areas (FIBUA) and Fighting in Woods and Forests (FIWAF) tactics). I was then invited to 1 R ANGLIAN CAST Ex in Catterick in December; thus allowing a further chance to integrate with both Bn and Company (Coy) Command teams. Our final training came just a week before the Pl was to deploy to Kenya with the soldiers completing a LF Section Attack range at Lydd.

I deployed to Kenya with the Advance Party on the 14th Jan, with the remainder of my soldiers and some key enablers following some four or five days later. On arrival in Kenya we were processed through an accelerated Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) package and moved to the A Company enhanced Coy harbour location where we embarked upon a ten day training period. This phase was called EX ASKARI WARRIOR and included further acclimatisation and familiarisation shoots using the latest night vision systems before completing day and night shoots and attacks at Team, Section and Platoon levels. During this period of training an integrated Coy level attack took place using the Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation (DTES) kit. This involved preliminary moves the afternoon before by the various Platoons to a hasty Company harbour location followed by a night move to the Line of Departure (LD). As this phase used blank ammunition we had the benefit of a ‘live’ enemy. Almost needless to say the enemy didn’t quite ‘play fair’ and whether by luck or good judgement managed to attack us in our Forming Up Point (FUP) as we moved forward to the LD. Despite this set back and some heavy initial casualties the Company completed the mission, which was to attack onto and through a village and trench complex.

LCpl Temple Section 2iC, D Coy.

LCpl Temple Section 2iC, D Coy.

At the end of this phase we moved north to the significantly hotter Archers Post and continued our own organic Company training before executing the first of the ‘test’ exercises. This was the Combined Arms Live Firing Ex (CALFEX); the first day of which was the culmination point for the Integration Pilot. A Company underwent a reorganisation which saw it move from having four organic Platoons to having three conventional Platoons at a near full compliment and a Manoeuvre Support Section. We formed one of the three Platoons and were fully manned; this being the final test of the integration to see that an AR Platoon could fully function with our Regular Army counterparts as a formed entity. Over the next eight hours or so we conducted a night move to the FUP and launched through the LD shortly after dawn. After the initial Advance to Contact we were ‘steered’ onto the Enemy positions by reconnaissance assets and commenced several co-ordinated Platoon attacks operating as a Company Group. During these attack phases we also conducted an obstacle crossing; this was in the shape of breeching a minefield.

The CALFEX was completed in accordance with the Army’s ‘Fight Light’ policy and in temperatures of around 40+ degrees. This placed all the exercising troops and the Company resupply elements under great pressure. Despite this there were only two heat casualties across the whole Company and the Limit of Exploitation (LOE) was reached 15 minutes before the required time.

LCpl Murphy, B Coy, Pte Maguire, B Coy, Pte Gilmore and LCpl Fenn, HQ Coy.

LCpl Murphy, B Coy, Pte Maguire, B Coy, Pte Gilmore and LCpl Fenn, HQ Coy.

At this point the majority of the AR element began their recovery to the UK. This involved initial transport back to Laikipia Air Base (LAB) to ‘de-kit’, pack and travel on to Nairobi for the flight home. However just under a quarter of us elected to remain in Kenya and complete the next two phases of Ex ASKARI STORM 5. This saw a continued period of the CALFEX and a further four days of that exercise phase (Ex ASKARI CENTURIAN). The remaining 3 PWRR soldiers were used to backfill the Platoons within A Company and I joined the Coy HQ element. This saw us move through two further two day phases – one on Defence and one on Enabling Operations. On completion we move back to LAB for a re-conditioning period of four or five days. During this period low level training continued within the Company.

The final phase of the exercise then took place; this was an intensive six day Battlegroup (BG) exercise called Ex ASKARI SPARTAN. The soldiers of 3 PWRR continued to perform as part of A Company. The BG returned from the exercise and once the post exercise de-kit was completed two community projects under the control of the Padre were activated. One involved several work projects at a local school near to LAB and the second being almost solely manned by 3 PWRR personnel back at Archer’s Post. This involved the clearing of vegetation from around the town’s primary water source. The team; ten 3 PWRR and two R ANGLIAN personnel made short work of the vegetation, clearing the surrounding area of the spring in just under two days. Being away and acting as an independent element we were also able to interact with the local population. The land we were working on belonged to the local Chief, who also owned a Bar/ Restaurant. He was kind enough to host us both nights and some local cuisine was enjoyed. On returning to LAB after the project was completed it was our turn to begin the process of returning home. Almost immediately we transited through a Movement Control Check Point (MCCP) and then boarded the transport that took us back to Nairobi and the eventual flight home.

We arrived back to a damp and windy England late in the morning the following day having completed a gruelling six week deployment to Kenya in some very arduous conditions. It was a fascinating experience and we were proud to be an AR unit that had successfully completed an Integration Pilot. The success of this stands 3 PWRR and 1 R ANGLIAN at the forefront of integration between Reserve and Regular Battalions and I look forward to the continued training and operational opportunities that this relationship will offer in the future.

 

Naval Reservist is ready to support counter-piracy


Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) at HMS King Alfred

With her long-held love of the sea and marine sports, experienced sailor Alice Moore was always destined to have a career that matched an ambition to learn more about the oceans that she studied during her Geography with Oceanography degree at the University of Southampton.

In early 2014, she will realise one of her career goals by joining the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean when she joins the United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Operations HQ in their Dubai-based operational hub providing advice to Merchant shipping transiting the vulnerable Middle East and Indian Ocean region.

It was not entirely unexpected that Alice would be drawn to the Royal Navy as an early career choice, especially given her active membership of the Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) during schooling at King’s College, Taunton, where she rose to be Head of Unit as Cadet Coxswain, further qualifying as a RYA Senior Instructor and teaching many young cadets sailing skills at both the RN Sailing Centre in Portsmouth and at Jupiter Point, the Navy’s sailing training facility at HMS Raleigh.

HMS King Alfred

HMS King Alfred

However, not ready to join the Royal Navy full time, Alice decided to broaden her options and seek experience across the maritime industry. Instead, she signed up to the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) at HMS King Alfred in Portsmouth to take advantage of professional seamanship, leadership and management training, while seeking opportunities to support the regular Royal Navy on duties in her specialist branch role.

A perfectly complementary civilian career – mutually benefiting both the Royal Navy and the MCA.

In tandem with her part-time and weekend training in the Maritime Trade Operations specialisation of the RNR, Alice’s full-time civilian occupation perfectly complements her military career.

Joining the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2011, Alice spent many long shifts learning the duties of a Coastguard Watch Assistant at Lee-on-Solent, responding to Maydays, answering 999 calls, and dealing with various maritime incidents, before moving on to take up further tasking at the MCA HQ in Southampton.

AB Alice Moore

AB Alice Moore

The MCA’s Chief Executive Sir Alan Massey recently awarded Alice with a Maritime Search and Rescue (Foundation) certificate, which is an external accreditation, a customised award from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Declaring his unequivocal backing for the Agency’s support of the Reserve Forces, Sir Alan said:  “We are delighted to support Alice in her role as a Royal Naval Reservist.

“We recognise the value that people who volunteer as Reservists with the forces can bring to our workplace. 

“Alice has a wide range of transferable skills and qualities – including decision-making, team working, leadership and communication – which mutually benefit both the Royal Navy and the MCA. I have had the privilege of personally witnessing this from both sides of the fence – and it works superbly well.

“The experience she gains in dealing with a diverse range of people from all backgrounds, nationalities and cultures is also transferable, benefiting both her role as a Reservist and work at the MCA.”

The MCA further supports their Reservists by offering up to 10 days’ special paid leave for them to undertake annual training. It also provides flexible working opportunities, where appropriate, to assist Reservists with their operational commitments.

Royal Naval reserves

Royal Naval reserves

Generous support realises vital role – 2012 Operation Olympics

Generous support from the MCA was vital when Alice volunteered to take part in Naval duties following the urgent call for military personnel to support Operation Olympics – London 2012, where she went on to carry out ceremonial duties in the flag-raising party at the International Olympic medal awards ceremonies. An experience that Alice will not forget, especially when she travelled to the Olympic Sailing Village in Weymouth and Portland to take part in the memorable medal awards ceremony as a Gold medal was presented to Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie and seeing some of her sailing heroes up close and personal.

A competitive sailor herself, Alice has represented the Naval Service in

Inter-service Championships sailing in the Laser 2000 class. Highly competitive at University, she won plenty of glassware to grace the trophy cabinet back at home.

Back in her day job at the MCA, Alice’s duties over the course of a week range across a wide field of administrative responsibilities. Her tasks include processing maritime consents, dealing with Civil Liability Certificates and recording Dangerous goods refusal notices. She also prepares NAVTEX invoices, working closely with the UKHO. Alice maintains Port State Control inspection reports (that have been carried our on foreign flagged vessels that are operating in UK waters) received from MCA Marine Offices, and ensures accuracy of data received from Port Authorities regarding vessel movements before uploading this data to European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) THETIS database.

All of the skills and the business experience that she brings to her day job at the MCA are readily transferable to her specialist branch in the RNR. An RNR MTO specialist needs a strong understanding of the merchant fleet and its commercial business priorities and risks. International shipping travels across the globe under flags of many countries, bringing vital energy supplies and goods to the UK and exporting trade across the world.

Alice will bring this knowledge and experience when she joins the UK’s Maritime Trade Operational HQ in Dubai in January 2014 when she is mobilised for a second period of operational duty with the Royal Navy Reserve supporting the UK’s Maritime Command Centre based in Bahrain.

Preparing to deploy – realistic and useful training

The UKMTO provides an essential communications link and keeps a watching brief on commercial shipping passing through the important but critically vulnerable sea lanes across the Red Sea, Gulf region and Somali basin of the Indian Ocean, where piracy attacks and criminal activity have been common in recent years.

The cooperation between International Shipping and the military in the maritime domain has been one of the great success stories of the 20th century with organisations and big shipping corporations being mutually supportive, pooling resources and intelligence to protect the safety of the maritime domain.

The recently released Hollywood film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as a merchant ship Captain seized by pirates, gives a stark indication of what may happen if the alert military monitoring stance in the region was to lapse into complacency against the threat of piracy.

Alice is delighted that she will be able to put her knowledge to good use on this important deployment and has been taking part in a series of training exercises to hone her military capabilities for this domain. She was a recent participant in a National MTO exercise called Cambrian Trader in Milford Haven, one of the UK’s most important commercial ports. The maritime exercise prepares members of the MTO specialisation to take operational control of the security of merchant shipping, learn about boarding operations and briefings to ships, passing on vital information and cooperating with other agencies including Border Control. The MTO ratings learned about conducting Rapid Environmental Assessments and briefing on a rapidly changing environment in a transition to conflict scenario.

“We spent a week at HMS Collingwood practicing the theory, policy and understanding the scenario before relocating to an Army camp, near Penally, joining up with both AWNIS and NCAGS MTO specialists in the port to apply the practical element of the training which was really very realistic and useful. I realise that it’s going to be challenging abroad on operations – in a tropical climate and facing potential language barriers amongst the very experienced Master Mariners we will come across, but I am becoming knowledgeable and well aware of all the issues that they can face. As long as I can give a good briefing and help the crews on their way safely I will be very pleased to be part of this operation.”

When Alice returns from the deployment, she will look forward to picking up her career in the MCA and has an ambition to progress to become a Commissioned RNR Officer. She said: “I’ll feel ready to confidently start my Junior Officer training programme, study for my Admiralty Interview Board and hopefully one day become an MTO Officer in the Reserves specialising in Allied Worldwide Navigation and Information Systems. Some time in the future, I’d really like to work for the Hydrographic Office in Taunton.”

Alice is well supported in both of her careers by her Royal Naval Officer partner Richard, who is currently serving as the Deputy Logistics Officer on HMS Diamond, one of the Royal Navy’s advanced Air Defence Destroyers.  When they get some precious time together the pair enjoy renovating a barn in Somerset that they are hoping will become their new home and driving miniature steam trains.

For more details, or to register to attend, call 08456 00 32 22, search for ‘navy reserves’ on the web, or visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/navyreserves.