HMS Calliope (Tyneside)

Home to over 100 Royal Naval Reserves, the unit recruits right across the North East of England - from the Scottish Borders to the River Tees.

The units long association with Tyneside was formally recognised in 1985 when HMS Calliope was awarded the Roll of Honorary Freeman of the City of Newcastle.

Unit history

How to get there


HMS Calliope, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2BE

0191 477 2536

Meeting hours

Training evenings take place every Wednesday 7:15PM - 9:15PM

Opening hours
Day Hours
Monday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM - 9:30PM
Thursday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday 8:30AM - 1:00PM
Saturday CLOSED

Upcoming events

Commanding Officer

Commander Chris Bovill

1991 – Commissioned into the Territorial Army as Second Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, The (Durham) Light Infantry, as a platoon commander in Bishop Auckland.
1993 – Graduated from Northumbria University having studied Physics, he joined the Regular Army at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
1998 – Specialised in aviation, following 4 years in 1st(UK) Armoured Division in Germany.
2003 – Promoted to Major and assigned to the Lynx Project Team based at RNAS Yeovilton.
2004 – Deployed on operations in Iraq as second command of the Joint Helicopter Force.
2006 – His experience of helicopter desert operations were essential in assistant the JHC deploy Apache into its first combat operations in Afghanistan.
2006 – Transferred to the Royal Navy as Lieutenant Commander.
2011 – Selected to be the Air Engineer Officer of 829 Naval Air Squadron. A highlight was acting as the MoD Silver Command Advisor for the 2012 Olympic Flame arrival at Culdrose.
2013 - Assigned to be the Chief of Staff of Deputy Commander-Army, as an acting Commander, in the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.
2016 – Chris joined the Maritime Reserves via Project FIREFLY as a Lieutenant Commander in the Air Branch.
2018 - Afforded the opportunity to be seconded to HMS CALLIOPE
2020 - Selected for promotion to Commander and appointed as the Commanding Officer of HMS CALLIOPE in October 2020.

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