I was hugely proud to be there and represent the Royal Navy and Royal Navy Reserve

Chief Petty Officer Curtis, HMS King Alfred (Standard Bearer)

Many of the reservists in HMS King Alfred work in maritime or related industries across Hampshire and are well aware of the importance of the sea to the United Kingdom.

Petty Officer Kathy Pink who has supported the service throughout her Naval Reserve Career said, “I found it incredibly moving to participate in such a historic event which always reminds me of depth and breadth of seafaring around the United Kingdom and the strong maritime links in British History, going back to King Alfred raising his fleet from the merchant navy.”

The festival also represented an opportunity for HMS King Alfred to reinforce the ship’s links with Winchester and the wider county of Hampshire. 

The ship’s company comes from across the Hampshire and Solent region with an interest in serving with the Royal Navy in their spare time.  

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