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September 8th 2016

Newark Reservist shares his Know-How on Bahrain

AB Larkin

A Royal Navy reservist from Newark-upon-Trent has been sharing his experiences in Bahrain.

A civilian by day and a part-time member of Nottingham-based HMS Sherwood, Able Seaman Matthew Larkin is currently serving at the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) in Bahrain.

Able Seaman Larkin, usually a warehouse assistant working at KNOWHOW in Newark, and mobilised for six months service in Bahrain, has been in the Royal Naval Reserve for 15 years. He has used his Communications Information Systems skills gained from his naval service to manage communications from the HQ.

Commenting on his third naval deployment as a naval reservist he said, “I’ve had the opportunity to serve abroad as well as in the UK and I enjoy the camaraderie and common bond with my colleagues.

“My service allows me to blend my experiences working in civilian employment with the training I receive as a member of the naval service.”

Maritime Reserves deployed to the region could find themselves working for either the UKMCC or the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a cooperative of 31 nations undertaking maritime security operations in the Middle East region covering an area of 3.2 million square miles bordered by 21 countries.

More than 2,300 men and women currently serve as reservists in the Royal Navy alongside their normal day job and most have no previous military experience when joining.

Reservists normally commit to the equivalent of 24 days a year for training, which takes place mainly during the evenings and at weekends. They are paid for their time, with pay increases with seniority.

The initial training to become a reservist takes place one night a week or at weekends for the first 20 weeks, followed by a two-week residential course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall which includes an overnight exercise on Dartmoor.

New recruits will then be given training for a specific role, ranging from logistics to submarine operations.

In recent years, personnel from HMS Sherwood have been involved in operational deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf and numerous exercises across the globe.

 

“My service allows me to blend my experiences working in civilian employment with the training I receive as a member of the naval service.”