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
An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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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.