Minister for the Reserves visits HMS Wildfire

On Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier MP, visited HMS Wildfire, Northwood.

The main aim of the visit was for the Minister to observe the Unit during a training night and to meet as many of the permanent staff and Reservists as possible, in order to gain an insight into how HMS Wildfire operates.

On this occasion, the Minister witnessed core military training designed to prepare Wildfire’s Reservists for an upcoming orienteering exercise.

Observing training nights such as this allows me to see what Reservists do on a day-to-day basis.

Julian Brazier MP

It was an excellent chance for all of the Ship’s Company to meet the Minister and an opportunity to discuss Service matters with him directly and offer feedback to help inform his Government role.

The Minister said: “Observing training nights such as this allows me to see what Reservists do on a day-to-day basis. 

"The feedback I get is essential to ensuring that the RNR remains a fantastic way of life, providing capable and motivated Reservists to the Naval Service whilst offering rewarding challenges and training that is transferable and of value to civilian employers”.

The Royal Naval Reserve, together with the Royal Marines Reserve, form the Maritime Reserves. Reservists' involvement ranges from operations, to counter-terrorism and anti-piracy work in the Gulf. In many cases, the individual Reservist is indistinguishable from their Regular counterparts