We had a huge amount of praise from islanders and the heads of Jersey – a rich reward for all the hard work put in by the grey and the green.

Commodore Jamie Miller, RN Regional Commander Wales and Western England

Sizeable contingents from submarine HMS Talent and frigate HMS Iron Duke (which is affiliated with the island) were also in Jersey to drum up interest in the Senior Service – bringing RN numbers at the maritime festival to 165. 

“We had a huge amount of praise from islanders and the heads of Jersey – a rich reward for all the hard work put in by the grey and the green,” said Cdre Jamie Miller, RN Regional Commander Wales and Western England. 

“There was a really good mix of Royal Navy personnel – regulars and reservists, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm, Surface Fleet, Submarine Service – all branches of the Service drawn together and there was a great moral component because some of them had never met before.” 

All the Royal Navy equipment on show was available for public inspection – the ORCs and Lynx at Weighbridge Place, opposite the showground, the ships at Albert Pier in St Helier’s port, while the bandies were out and about playing everything from Beat Retreat to jazz. 

The musicians were also called on to provide music at Jersey’s Sea Sunday service, remembering all that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters. 

Conducting more business than most in great waters these past 12 months were the men and women of HMS Severn, who came away from the Channel Islands plus one cup. 

Lieutenant Governor General Sir John McColl presented Lt Cdr Tim Berry and his team with the Jersey Cup, awarded annually to the fishery protection ship which has done the most to safeguard the UK’s fishery stocks.