HMS Hibernia

HMS Hibernia (Belfast)

HMS Hibernia is the Royal Naval Reserve unit associated with Belfast.

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HMS Hibernia is the Royal Naval Reserve’s newest unit, following the decommissioning of HMS Caroline in Belfast in December 2009.

As the only RNR unit in Northern Ireland, our Reservists represent a cross section of the Northern Ireland population.

Although many of our Reservists come from the Greater Belfast area, some regularly travel from as far as Ballymena, Dungannon and Londonderry.

HMS Hibernia’s ship’s company hope to establish strong relationships with the local community just as HMS Caroline’s did during its long association with Belfast.

In 1972 HMS Caroline’s reservists received the Freedom of the City of Belfast and, with their RN compatriots, they also received the freedom of the Borough of Newtonabbey.


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0345 600 3222

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

Largest Reserve Exercise takes place at Ballykilner Ranges


HMS Hibernia (Belfast) Latest News

Royal Naval Reserves unveil their summer Fast-Track Officer Scheme

Royal Naval Reserves unveil their summer Fast Track Officer Scheme

Irish sailors remembered at Jutland ceremony

Irish sailors remembered at Jutland ceremony

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Unit History

HMS Caroline1914

For 85 years the RNR training unit was based on HMS Caroline, a light cruiser built in 1914.

Battle History1916

She saw action at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and served in the Far East before coming to Northern Ireland where she is still docked in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.

Connection to Northern Ireland1924

The RNR’s connection to Northern Ireland is long and distinguished, dating back to the formation of the Ulster Division of the RNR in 1924.

Commision History2009

In December 2009, when HMS Caroline was decommissioned, the unit was moved ashore to Lisburn and commissioned as HMS Hibernia.

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Location Belfast

Postal Address

HMS Hibernia, Thiepval Barracks, BFPO 801


HMS Hibernia is located within Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn on the Magheralave Road, a ten to fifteen minute walk from Lisburn Railway Station.


Training Evenings

Thursdays 1915 - 2130