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HMS Wildfire (Northwood)

HMS Wildfire is the Royal Naval Reserve unit associated with Northwood.

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HMS Wildfire is set within the UK’s operational Defence Headquarters at Northwood which is home to a various organisations.

With no salt water any closer than 50 miles away, this may seem an unlikely setting for an outpost of the Royal Naval Reserve however, for over 50 years, Reservists from Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire have been flying the White Ensign.

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HMS Wildfire (Northwood) Latest News

Royal Naval Reserves unveil their summer Fast-Track Officer Scheme

Royal Naval Reserves unveil their summer Fast Track Officer Scheme

Minister for the Reserves visits HMS Wildfire

Minister for the Reserves visits HMS Wildfire

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Unit History

NATO Eastern Atlantic Command1957

The RNR has had a presence at Northwood since May 1957 when it was established to support the growing NATO Eastern Atlantic Command.

The First Headquarters Unit 1959

Commissioned in 1959 as HMS Northwood, this unit was the first Headquarters Unit in the RNR.

Current Location1988

In 1988, the Unit moved from its old Nissen huts at Northwood Headquarters to Brackenhill House, an Edwardian mansion outside the main gate.


In 2000, it was renamed HMS Wildfire.

Welcome Home2011

In May 2011, as part of the redevelopment of the Northwood site, HMS Wildfire moved back into a refurbished building within the HQ. On 11 June 2011.

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Location Northwood

Postal Address

HMS Wildfire, Building 99b, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 3HP


Located in Northwood Headquarters.  Close to the London Underground and other rail systems, it is also served by several junctions of the M25 motorway.


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Wednesdays 1930 - 2130