Prince Michael of Kent thanks local navy reservists
11:22am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Penarth news
On his visit to HMS Cambria in Sully last week to present Mary Lovegrove with the Arctic Star medal her late husband had waited decades for, Prince Michael of Kent was also treated to a dynamic capability demonstration from reservists.
In an address to the ship’s company, many of whom had operational service, he thanked them for their hard work and commitment.
The Prince said: “The importance of the reserve forces could not be overstated.
“Particularly at a time when the regular forces are being reduced in numbers.”
The Prince attended the local Royal Naval Reserve Unit in his role as Commodore-in-Chief of the Maritime Reserves.
Wearing the uniform of Rear-Admiral, he witnessed a fire-fighting exhibition, first aid treatment and a scenario in which enemy insurgents were engaged and defeated.
Before leaving, he celebrated a centuries-old Navy tradition “splicing the mainbrace”, in which members of the ship are awarded a tot of run for carrying out a particularly difficult task.
The Royal Navy are currently recruiting for reservists.
If you are over 16, you can find out more at www.royalnavy.co.uk,
Alternatively, contact HMS Cambria on 01446 744044 or turn up at HMS Cambria at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month.
HMS Cambria is located at Hayes Lane, Sully, CF64 1TN.