Trio of HMS EAGLET Reservists aid Fishery Protection Squadron


Three Reservists from HMS EAGLET, the Royal Naval Reserve unit based in Liverpool, spent two weeks onboard HMS Severn, one of the Royal Navy’s three Fishery Protection vessels deployed in UK waters. Mid Kassie Rennoldson, AB Barry Jones and AB Tom Clarke took part in the deployment.

Mid Rennoldson, a law student in her civilian life, found the bridge was a great place to learn: ‘It was really good to engage with the Regulars and we I learned so much. When we did ship boarding I saw the valuable work that the Fishery Protection Squadron actually does to protect our fishing grounds and stocks as well as provide an at-sea security presence and deterrent. I also got time to go to the onboard gym most days as well which was great!’

AB Barry Jones, who has had previous deployments including Cyprus, South America and Antarctica, said that his two weeks on HMS SEVERN were his best so far: We were made to feel very welcome immediately by all on board. The people were amazing. I helped out in various roles but especially enjoyed working in the galley with the chefs and steward. Small ships are a different environment to previous ships that I have been on. I loved it!

AB Tom Clarke, who has only recently passed out from HMS RALEIGH, got involved from the start. He made a valuable contribution, participating in watches and also training with the WAR SEA specialists on board, carrying out drills, checks and boat transfers to fishing vessels. AB Clarke; a student in his civilian life, said: The 2 weeks flew by; it has made me think seriously about joining fulltime. The days are long but great fun. I was ready for my evening meal which was fantastic as we had everything from steak, home made pizzas, roasts and more.’

Disembarking in Liverpool then gave HMS EAGLET an opportunity to reciprocate the hospitality of the RNR towards the RN. Lt Cdr Cox, the Commanding Officer (CO) of HMS SEVERN and ten of her ship’s company attended a barbecue at Naval Regional Headquarters North England on Sefton Street.

A crest of HMS EAGLET was presented to Lt Cdr Cox by Mid Rennoldson as a thank you and a sign of mutual appreciation between the two ships companies.

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