HMS Forward Crest

HMS Forward (Birmingham)

HMS Forward is a Reservist Unit based in the heart of Birmingham. With over 100 members of the Ship’s Company, HMS Forward is the central hub for all Royal Naval Reserve activity in the West Midlands.

HMS Forward is a modern, purpose-built training establishment. The unit shares its location with various military units, including the Birmingham University Royal Navy Unit.

Close to the Birmingham City Football Ground, HMS Forward is just a short distance from Birmingham City Inner Ring Road, easily accessible by local bus services and from the nearest railway station at Adderley Park.

Unit history

How to get there


HMS Forward, 42 Tilton Road, Birmingham
B9 4PP

0121 703 6360

Meeting hours

Training evenings take place every Tuesday 7:15PM - 9:15PM

Opening hours
Day Hours
Monday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 9:15PM
Wednesday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday CLOSED

Commanding Officer

Commander Phil Sparke

Commander Phil Sparke joined the Royal Navy in September 1986. He became a Commander 2008 and in 2012 he transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander however in 2017 he was promoted to Commander again.


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