February 8th 2016

The opportunities are endless at HMS Sherwood

HMS Sherwood awards presentation in December 2015.

Taking part in one of Europe’s largest military training exercises; patrolling the seas in Gibraltar; attending a Festival of Remembrance in London and receiving seasonal awards have all been opportunities embraced by Reservists in Nottingham over the last 12 months.

HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, has more than 80 Reservists on its books, with more joining throughout the year – each of whom have the opportunity to travel, gain qualifications, be promoted and have a varied career in the RNR.

Leading Hand Buster Browne in Gibraltar

Leading Hand Buster Browne in Gibraltar

Leading Hand Buster Browne, aged 43, who lives in Chesterfield, had the chance to work within the Gibraltar Patrol Boat Squadron, to protect British Gibraltar Territorial Waters last year. He explained: “Joining the RNR is one of the best decisions of my life. Travelling to locations including Gibraltar to take part in important military tasks has been an honour, and I was delighted I got the opportunity to ‘act up’ a rank during my deployment to work as a Leading Hand – which became substantive in summer 2015. I have recently been juggling my RNR commitments around working as a Horseman on television, which has been exciting as I have got the experience two completely different career paths at the same time.”

Lieutenant Commander ‘Hattie’ Jacques, aged 36, who lives in Long Eaton, received an award for her long term contribution to the RNR in late 2015. She said: “Last year I climbed aboard a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship to take part in one of the biggest multi-national training exercises in Europe. This included taking part in a variety of scenarios such as conflict and crisis situations, which could potentially be encountered on operations. I also represented the RNR at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was great honour, as well as previously taking part in adventure training in Canada and Snowdonia.”

HMS Sherwood is recruiting and encourages anyone interested to come along to one of the forthcoming recruiting evenings:

  • Tuesday 8 March 2016 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 April 2016 from 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Each of the events will take place at Foresters House in Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6QX.

Serving personnel at the unit include Reservists who work in a variety of professions in their civilian lives including administration, teaching, sales, IT, in the public sector or waitressing. No specific skills or knowledge are needed to become a Reservist, just enthusiasm to learn and progress in the RNR.

To find out more about HMS Sherwood or to attend one of the forthcoming recruiting events please contact or call 07818017825.


“Joining the RNR is one of the best decisions of my life."