The Commander of the nation’s Maritime Reserves has officially opened newly refurbished accommodation for Royal Marines Reservists based within the national Commando Training Centre (CTCRM) at Lympstone, near Exeter.
Commodore Martin Quinn ADC emphasised the importance of investing in Reserve units to maintain the operational effectiveness of the Royal Marines.
After congratulating four members of Royal Marines Reserve Bristol who earned their Green Berets on the same day, he said: “We have invested a lot of money here to ensure this building is fit for purpose for a detachment of Reservists.
“That’s really important to me as I’m continually asked to mobilise and deploy them to serve alongside the Regulars on operations around the world. Why wouldn’t they want to have appropriate resources here at Lympstone?
“It’s good for them, it’s good for the naval service and it’s good for Lympstone as a training environment to see a real mix of military people here.”
Having fully modernised buildings to house the Royal Marines Reservists will make it easier to attract new recruits to the Lympstone detachment after several years of operating out of temporary accommodation at CTCRM.
The upgraded facilities will be just as important to those who have already gained their Green Berets and are developing their skills for deployment on operations with the Regulars.
The work at Lympstone was commissioned by the Royal Navy and project-managed by the estates department of the Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association.
Captain Sean Lerwill, detachment commander, said: “With everything from offices and locker space to classrooms and showers, we now have all we need for a recruit or trained rank to prepare themselves either to earn a Green Beret or to go on deployments with the Regular corps.”
He added: “We’re very much looking forward to people joining us, people who like a challenge and have an interest in the military and who want to deploy as Reservists.”
For more information about joining the Royal Marines Reserve in the South West, find RMR Bristol HQ on Facebook.