Training day for Portsmouth’s reservist sailors

Ex Royal Naval Chief Petty Officer Jaime Newell who lives in Portsmouth works for Compass Group at the Defence Diving School and is a member of HM King Alfred at Whale Island

Ex Royal Naval Chief Petty Officer Jaime Newell who lives in Portsmouth works for Compass Group at the Defence Diving School and is a member of HM King Alfred at Whale Island

Alan Mak, right, with Henry Harris-Burland from Starship Technologies

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NAVAL reservists put their fighting skills to the test during a two-day training exercise.

About 50 part-time sailors from the Whale Island-based HMS King Alfred reserve unit visited the Isle of Wight for a range of team building events.

They tackled everything from weapon training, orienteering and camouflage techniques, to a light-hearted raft-building drill.

Chief Petty Officer Jaime Newell, of Portsmouth was one of those attending.

He joined the reserves after completing a 27-year career in the navy, serving as Chief of Catering on HMS Illustrious.

He now plays a key role in the reserve’s newly-formed Chef branch, and helped to feed all the hungry reservists on exercise – something which he said he enjoyed.

To become a reservist, see royalnavy.mod.uk/kingalfred.

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