Northern Ireland’s Royal Navy reservists with HMS Hibernia, which is based at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, have had a busy year.
There have been a number of major activities and events undertaken across the UK and much further afield supporting Royal Navy ships on operations and exercises.
The highlight of the early part of the year was HMS Hibernia’s nomination as the lead Unit for the Royal Navy Reserve element of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Building on the success of previous years, HMS Hibernia once again hosted the Northern regional training weekend at Ballykinler. This allowed personnel the chance to build further on their understanding and capability in the more general roles required by the Royal Navy.
The importance of remembering old comrades from the Royal Navy allowed HMS Hibernia to be hosts for members of the Arctic Star Association, which comprises men who fought in the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.
Alongside of all of the ‘in unit’ events, HMS Hibernia witnessed her personnel being deployed for long or short periods across a number of exercises and operations. Personnel have been mobilised to the Mediterranean on HMS Bulwark lending support to the migrant crises as well as to Dubai in support of on-going operations in the Gulf region.
This has been a very significant year for HMS Hibernia with an increased recruiting effort and Project Poseidon yielding excellent results and placing the Unit well ahead of the other Northern establishments in overall growth. The Lisburn based unit have been heavily involved in operations, exercises and representational events, receiving a very positive report from the Commander Maritime Reserves who visited in September.