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JUNE 25TH 2019

‘If you cut me in half it would say Navy through the middle’

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby, aged 50, works for Nottingham City Transport and serves in HMS Sherwood. He joined the Naval Reserve at the age of 16 with plans of going into a career in the Royal Navy full time but due to other demands on his time never quite made it full time but has […]

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JUNE 19TH 2019


Able Rate Tommy Whiting, aged 18, joined the Seamanship branch at HMS Sherwood in Nottingham when he was 16 years old. Over the past two years his highlights have included; marching in the parade when HMS Sherwood were honoured with the Freedom of the City and being part of the Guard during a parade for […]

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Andrew and Thomas together before Remembrance Sunday2

JUNE 14TH 2019

Nottingham Father’s pride in Navy connection with son

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby, aged 50, works for Nottingham City Transport and serves in HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only RNR unit, he also volunteers with the Sea Cadets in Long Eaton. He has found that his naval connections have helped fuel his relationship with his son, Thomas Foster-Maltby aged 12, who is currently a […]

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Victoria with her husband Kev and their children - Ben 15, Oscar 12 and Felix 8

MARCH 28TH 2019

Lincolnshire Mum in Royal Naval Reserve is Enjoying Best of Both Worlds

Lieutenant Victoria Rogers, aged 43, joined the Royal Naval Reserve HMS Sherwood five years ago and is now an Amphibious Warfare Officer providing support to the regular navy. Victoria had originally wanted to join the Regulars but after careful consideration decided against it. Victoria said: “I decided it would be too difficult to join full-time […]

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Able Rate Michelle Rowlands poses with her children Cameron and Thomas

MARCH 25TH 2019

‘Why becoming a parent never kept me from my dreams’ – mum in the Royal Naval Reserve

Able Rate Michelle Rowlands, aged 37, joined HMS Sherwood in Nottingham two years ago where she successfully completed her training and has now become the Recruitment Officer for the East Midlands. Michelle said: “I wanted to be challenged and be pushed out of my comfort zone and to do things I would never get the […]

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With shipmates during HMS Sherwood Carol Concert


Retiring after more than two decades in the Royal Naval Reserve

Leading Hand Lorraine Richardson has balanced her role in HMS Sherwood with her career as an Avionics Technician for the last 22 years. She initially joined in 1997 and since then has been on international deployments, spent months at sea and has taken part in high profile ceremonial duties. Lorraine explained: “I have had so […]

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The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Liaqat Ali and HMS Sherwood's Commanding Officer, Commander Rob Noble


Mayor visits joint Navy and Fire Service exercise

The exercise saw reserves from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only RNR unit and fire crews from across Nottinghamshire come together in order to practice their joint response to a major incident at the RNR’s Chilwell base. HMS Sherwood’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Rod Grant, explained: “Partnering with local organisations like the Fire Service is […]

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HMS Sherwood reservists taking part in the Freedom of the City event


Naval reservists ready for Riverside Festival

The reserves from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit will be hosting a display where they will show some of their specialised equipment as well as taking part in demonstrations on the river with the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) and competing in the Dragon Boat Race. The unit will be […]

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Afton Fitzhenry on the water

JULY 31ST 2018

Reservist wins Bronze medal at European Canoe Championships

Officer Cadet Afton Fitzhenry serves as a reservist with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, joining the unit last year as she has always had an interest in both the Navy and sporting opportunities available through the military. Explaining how she balances her two careers, Afton, aged 23, said: “I’m […]

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Lieutenant Commander Rod Grant and Warrant Officer Sean Jones HMS Sherwood 2

JULY 26TH 2018

Attending a Green Plaque unveiling

The Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards are awarded to people and places around the county, nominated and voted for by local people. On 5 July, an event was held at Earl Shilton and was attended by council representatives, members of the community and the Royal Navy. Explaining more about Tommy Brown, Lieutenant Commander Rod […]

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