Navy Petty Officer Denise Wright – HMS King Alfred
Working with the NHS, Denise still finds time to accommodate her role as a reserve with HMS King Alfred.
She believes that her time with the reserves has hugely benefitted her civilian job and is grateful that her employers have been so supportive.
Denise said: “I have two very exciting careers and I am passionate about them both. I love what I do and all the exciting opportunities that it presents. I’ve never been more proud of the reserves, it inspires me to just keep going and I am hugely grateful that my employer supports me in that.”
Denise has found that there are so many professional opportunities and fun aspects within the reserves. There are so many different activities available and it has expanded her knowledge and skill set.
Sub-lieutenant Graeme Nolan RNR – HMS King Alfred
A primary school teacher from Hampshire, Graeme Nolan has gained invaluable experience whilst being a reservist including embarking on HMS Iron for Exercise Joint Warrior. Based in HMS KING ALFRED in Portsmouth, Sub-lieutenant Nolan is one of the growing numbers of Reservists that spend their free evenings and weekends training as a member of the Royal Navy.
As part of his training as a RNR Officer, Sub-lieutenant Nolan has been getting to grips with all of the elements that combine to make a Royal Navy warship function. From time spent with Marine Engineering maintaining diesel generators, time spent up on the Bridge witnessing a live gunnery off the Cost of Cape Wrath to seeing HMS Iron Duke during a war fighting exercise, it has allowed him to witness the RNs capability against Air, Surface and Sub-Surface threats.
Sub-lieutenant Nolan said: “During Exercise Joint Warrior I undertook tasks throughout the ship with all departments on board. The opportunities provided have been invaluable. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the highly-trained chefs, conducting Replenishments at Sea, conducting rounds with the Weapon and Marine Engineering departments. The experiences I have gained with the reserves will provide a solid foundation for the rest of my RNR career and will leave lasting memories.”