Training day for Portsmouth's reservist sailors

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

Thursday, 29th September 2016, 8:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:32 pm
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

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.

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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