HMS Calliope

HMS Calliope (Tyneside)

HMS Calliope is the Royal Naval Reserve unit associated with Tyneside.

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In their spectacular riverside location, right next to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, HMS Calliope is the principal Royal Naval Reserve training unit for the North East of England, and home base for some 100 naval reservists. 

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.

HMS Calliope also has a satellite unit, Ceres Division in Leeds, which maintains close links with its Tyneside unit.

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S/Lt Tom Hillier on the fo'c'sle of the USS PREBLE (DDG 88), a guided-missile destroyer, at sea in the Pacific Ocean during RIMPAC.

Royal Navy reservists take part in US Navy war games


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Unit History

RNR Presence1905

There has been a Royal Naval Reserve presence on Tyneside since 1905.Its first training ship, HMS Calliope was a veteran of the Samoa Hurricane, which was berthed at Elswick.

Replaced & Renamed1951

In 1951, the original HMS Calliope was replaced by HMS Falmouth which was renamed Calliope.

Retaining the name HMS Calliope1968

The unit moved ashore in 1968 to its current location, retaining the name HMS Calliope. In Greek mythology, Calliope was the muse of epic poetry and the Royal Navy has given this name to six ships.

Up Grade2016

HMS Calliope formally re-opens after a £3.1 million upgrade to become a major hub for Reserve Forces in the region. This move allows it to host RMR Scotland for the first time. 

New facilities2016

Renovations include improvements to the external appearance of the building, a state of the art fitness suite with climbing wall, boat store, new classroom and office facilities.

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Commanding Officer Ian Berry MBE RD RNR

Rank: Commander

Commander Berry joined the Royal Naval reserve in 1982. He took command of HMS Calliope in September 2016.

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Location Tyneside

Postal Address

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


We are situated next to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, serviced by the main bus routes and within walking distance of Newcastle centre and Gateshead centre, Newcastle Central Station, and Gateshead Interchange.


General Entry Rating Reserve

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Training Evenings

Wednesdays 1915 - 2115