HMS Dalriada is a Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, which has recently been refurbished and relocated from Greenock to Govan.
The RNR unit has moved in alongside the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) Glasgow Detachment and provides training and support to Ship’s Company of 75 Naval and 40 RMR reservists who live and work within the West of Scotland.
The Navy buildings that formerly housed HMS Dalriada have been in use since 1981 but witnessed their final drill night on 21st December 2012. Former Dalriadans, as well as friends and family were invited to say farewell to the buildings, and in a moving ceremony, Commanding Officer, Commander Roger Curtis reminisced about the unique history of the site.
Although the relocation of HMS Dalriada is a monumental occasion, this is not the first time that officers have moved locations, as explained by Chief Petty Officer Ann McGarva:
“I have learned many new skills and achieved many qualifications that I could never learn in the civilian world, yet I can use them outside the MoD.
“As much as I am very sad to see Dalriada leave and move to Govan, we have done it before. Govan is a new chapter and I look forward to making many new memories here.”
LPS was the main contractor on the HMS Dalriada project. The improved facility at HMS Dalriada comprises classrooms, briefing rooms, a fully equipped gymnasium and a parade hall.
All reservists are supported by civilian and regular Royal Navy permanent staff and will often use training facilities at HMNB Clyde, in addition to those as HMS Dalriada.
Investment in the Reserve Forces is set to increase as part of the government’s Future Force 2020 programme, so HMS Dalriada is currently looking for new recruits. HMS Dalriada offers reservist valuable leadership and training, civilian recognised first aid, driving qualifications and opportunities for sport and travel and provides the perfect opportunity to broaden skills, gain leadership experience and meet like minded people.
The RNR and RMR Scotland recruit locally and are open to people aged between 17 and 40 (45 for ex-regular). All recruits undergo physical, academic and security checks to insure they are suitable for the intensive initial training programme.
Training takes place at HMS Dalriada during weekday evenings and some weekends. Once a recruit is prepared, they will take part in a two week qualifying course, which prepares them both mentally and physically for their new role.
All travel, uniform, training and equipment costs for reservists are met by the MoD and each is eligible for a tax-free lump sum each year, as long as they complete the minimum training requirements.
In addition to HMS Dalriada in Govan, the RNR also has HMS Scotia in Rosyth which has a tender in Dundee, whilst RMR Scotland Headquarters is based in Rosyth and has detachments in Edinburgh and Dundee.
For more information about joining the RNR, please visit the RNR in Govan or call 08456 003222.