HMS Forward

HMS Forward (Birmingham)

HMS Forward is the Royal Naval Reserve Unit associated with Birmingham.

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HMS Forward is a modern, purpose-built training establishment. The unit shares its location with various military units, including the Birmingham University Royal Navy Unit.

Telephone: 0121 703 6360

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0345 600 3222

8am-8pm Mon to Fri, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun

HMS Forward Reservist completes 192 mile charity walk in 4 days

HMS Forward Reservist completes 192 mile charity walk in 4 days


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Looking Forward to our future

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Unit History

Strong Links with Birmingham1986

The RNR has always had strong links with Birmingham. A Naval Communications Training Centre was established in the city by the end of World War II. In 1986, it was commissioned as HMS Forward.

Present Location1999

The unit moved to its present location in April 1999 when it was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.

Freedom of the City2004

The long association between the Royal Naval Reserve and the City of Birmingham was formally recognised in 2004 when HMS Forward received the Freedom of the City.

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Commanding Officer Phil Sparke

Phil Sparke

Rank: Commander

Commander Phil Sparke joined the Royal Navy in September 1986. He transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve in 2012 and was appointed as the Commanding Officer of HMS Forward in 2017.

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Location Birmingham

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HMS Forward, 42 Tilton Road, Birmingham. B9 4PP


Close to the Birmingham City Football Ground, HMS Forward is just a short distance from Birmingham City Inner Ring Road, easily accessible by local bus services and from the nearest railway station at Adderley Park.


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Tuesdays 7.15pm - 9.15pm