HMS Iron Duke Hosts Navy Reserves
With a team of the Iron Duke’s Company returning to the UK prior to the end of the Ship’s deployment, an opportunity existed to use the vacant bed space to embark a small contingent of Navy reserves.
Joining in Barbados they would get to spend just over 2 weeks at sea, an experience that for many is a life away from their jobs back in the UK.
This period at sea provided them all with a chance to really get to see what the Royal Navy does, not only to experience it first hand but also as part of their professional development within the Service.
Within the first week of being on board, the team of Reserves were given the opportunity to get out in one of the Ship’s sea boats and experience the helming skill of the seaman specialists. Out in the middle of the Atlantic the RNR kitted up with lifejackets and helmets and boarded the Pacific 24 boat.
The Reservists were utilised in assisting the launch, recovery and communications between the bridge and boat crew.
Part of the RNR training package during their time onboard was to take part in a series of Chemical Biological Radiation and Nuclear Damage Control (CBRNDC).
Press release, Image: UK Navy