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August 22nd 2014

COMMANDING OFFICER: “IT’S THE END OF AN ERA FOR ME”

The Commanding Officer of HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, is set to stand down in September and hand over command to a new face.

Commander Martin Clegg, a Royal Naval Reservist, who lives in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has commanded HMS Sherwood for the past five years, during which time he has overseen the unit’s move from their former home on Chalfont Drive, Nottingham to their new purpose-built facilities in Chilwell, Nottingham. He was the driving force behind the unit’s rededication parade last April, inspected by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, and has since gone on to set new targets for recruiting further Reservists to the RNR locally.

Reflecting on his time at HMS Sherwood Martin Clegg said: “It is the end of an era for me really. We, as a unit, have made a lot of progress over my time in command and I am incredibly proud of the dedication and enthusiasm of my civilian and Royal Navy support staff and all of the Reservists in my team.

“In my time in the Royal Navy it was unusual to serve in a single post for more than two or three years but my five years in the RNR in command have flown by.  As I’m retired from full-time work I have been able to devote my time to my part-time career in the RNR and work flexibly to support my unit with the experience and knowledge I gained from nearly thirty years in the Royal Navy.”

Although Martin is set to officially handover to the new Commanding Officer, Commander Rob Noble, on Tuesday 2 September, he will continue to serve with the RNR as their Chief of Staff in Eastern England.

Martin’s new duties will involve travelling between central London, Northwood, Portsmouth and Nottingham providing advice and assistance to the Commanding Officers of the RNR units based in those areas, as well as supporting his RNR Regional Captain and the Royal Navy’s Naval Regional Commander based in London.

Martin continued: “I have had a painting commissioned by a local artist showing our recent rededication parade as a thank you present to my ship’s company, which will hopefully be displayed at the unit for years to come.

“The RNR is a great environment to develop new skills thanks to our multi-disciplinary team who are there to help you acquire and grow a wide range of personal and professional skills. If you are considering becoming a Reservist in the future I would strongly recommend that you visit HMS Sherwood and talk to the staff and Reservists – we are one team with one identity and welcome the opportunity to train new individuals who want to help us to provide military support in times of unrest.”

HMS Sherwood will be opening its doors to the public on 16 September for a recruiting presentation evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

To find out more about HMS Sherwood call 0115 929 6373 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk