The Ceremonial Divisions event is an important date in the unit's calendar. To be able to publically recognise the time and effort our reservists put in to serving with the RNR in Nottingham is fantastic

Commander Rob Noble, Commanding Officer of HMS Sherwood

Now, for 15 years' service with HMS Sherwood Russell is awarded the first clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM).

The VRSM is a medal that is awarded to members of the Reserve Forces after completing 10 years qualifying service. The silver medal is oval in shape and includes the words 'for service in the volunteer reserves' on the reverse.

Midshipman Gil Lock attended the Royal Naval Reserves' Fleet Board last weekend (8 and 9 July) successfully qualifying to be promoted to Sub Lieutenant. This event was recognised at the Ceremonial Divisions evening by Commodore Elford presenting Midshipman Lock with his new Sub Lieutenant's epaulettes to be worn with his uniform.

Reflecting on the evening, Commanding Officer of HMS Sherwood, Commander Rob Noble, explained, "The Ceremonial Divisions event is an important date in the unit's calendar. To be able to publically recognise the time and effort our reservists put in to serving with the RNR in Nottingham is fantastic.

"This year we were honoured that Commodore Elford was able to inspect our parade and I have received a lot of positive feedback from friends and family in attendance, regarding how proud they are that their loved ones give up their free time to serve our country."

An Operational Honours Board was also unveiled during the event recognising individuals' deployments across the world from 2003 until 2016.

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