100 years of HMS Eaglet in Liverpool

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Liverpool’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit HMS Eaglet, is celebrating its 100 anniversary this month.

A series of events known as ‘Eaglet 100’ will culminate on Reserves Day (June 27th) at Exchange Flags where ceremonial Divisions will take place from 7.30pm.

HMS Eaglet’s Commanding Officer Surgeon Commander Harry Rourke said: “Having a connection with Liverpool is so important to HMS Eaglet.

"It is fitting because in 1918, HMS Eagle (as the Mersey based reserve Unit was then called) gave up its name for the newly commissioned WW1 aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. We were re-commissioned HMS Eaglet, which is 100 years old next month.

“What is even more fitting is that the new Aircraft Carrier; HMS Prince of Wales, due to be commissioned in 2020, will be affiliated to the City of Liverpool.”

The ship, the biggest warship ever built for the Royal Navy-will make regular visits to the city throughout its operational life.

HMS Eaglet has been based at Brunswick dock since 1998. The Royal Navy has had a presence in Liverpool & Merseyside area for hundreds of years in varying formats.

HMS Eaglet trains local men and women for a variety of roles in the Royal Naval Reserve.

In addition the building houses a number of other naval units and roles including but not limited to: Royal Marine Reserves Merseyside, Naval Regional Command Northern England, Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit, HMS Biter, HMS Charger, local Sea Cadet Corps and Area Careers Liaison Office functions.

Having a connection with Liverpool is so important to HMS Eaglet

Surgeon Commander Harry Rourke, HMS Eaglet’s Commanding Officer