MoD thanks firms for reservists

Proud members of the ship's company watch as the giant warship inches her way to sea for the first time. From left, Able Seaman (AB) Natasha Elford, AB Layton Toward and AB Richard Mead

HMS Queen Elizabeth begins the long voyage to Portsmouth

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EMPLOYERS have been awarded certificates by the Ministry of Defence in recognition of their support for staff who serve in the reserve forces.

Seven firms and organisations from the south east were thanked by the MoD at a reception held on board HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Among them was Portsmouth City Council which recently signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant – a pledge to look after servicemen and women.

The Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Montgomery welcomed the 90 guests and said: ‘We do not take the support that employers have given to our reservists for granted, we are enormously grateful.’

The other employers presented with certificates under the MoD’s Supporting Britain’s Reservists & Employers campaign were West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Advanced Watercoolers in Oxfordshire, Brooklands College, Surrey, Cranleys Chartered Accountants, Basingstoke, Network Rail, Eastleigh, and Southeastern Railway, Kent.

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