Fifty four Royal UK Naval Reservists joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, Argus for their first taste of life at sea.
The new entry recruits climbed onboard at the weekend as part of a regional forces weekend which tied in with RFA Argus attending the Bournemouth Air Festival.
The exercise was open to all RNR units and provided the new recruits – who come from a broad range of backgrounds from teachers to engineers and a priest – with opportunities to develop the core maritime skills they will need to serve.
The recruits also had an opportunity to take part in familiarisation training with the Royal Naval Reserve’s WARSEARES Branch and Air Branch, with exercises ranging from room clearance to damage control.
Reservists are trained to the same standards, and deploy on operations alongside their regular colleagues, so it is important they are able to integrate.