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HMS President – photos from inside London’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit

HMS President – photos from inside London’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit

HMS President in St Katharine’s Way, Wapping is home to London’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit.

The London Division was established in 1903 and is the largest of 22 Naval Reserve Units in the UK.

The purpose built jetty on the River Thames is just downstream of Tower Bridge in Wapping and provides moorings for the Unit’s boats, in one of the most beautiful positions in central London.

HMS President holds regular open evenings for potential new recruits to meet serving Reserves and to find out more about joining the Reserve Unit. Entry is open to men and women aged 16-40.

HMS President also serves as the functional head office for the younger Sea Cadets.

More information about joining London’s growing Royal Naval Reserve Unit can be found on the HMS President website.

HMS President does not open for public viewing, but last month we were able to take a quick look inside with Lieutenant Bryony Ellison RNR, who joined the Reserve Unit over 10 years ago and CPO (AWT) S M Mather RN who has served in the Royal Navy for 24 years and is currently posted full time at HMS President.

A look inside HMS President – photos

Ask anyone working at HMS President what they like the most about their Wapping location and the answer is the same every time. The incredible view :

Lieutenant PNR Bryony Ellison and CPO (AWT) S M Mather stand in front of Tower Bridge and The Shard on the jetty of HMS President

Lieutenant Bryony Ellison RNR and CPO (AWT) S M Mather RN on the jetty of HMS President in front of Tower Bridge

 

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Lieutenant Bryony Ellison RNR and CPO (AWT) S M Mather RN outside HMS President looking out over the River Thames

 

This beautiful stained glass window seen from inside HMS President was donated by the Rt Hon. The Lord Sterling of Plaistow to commemorate the centenary of the RNR London Division at HMS President on 19 October 2004:

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Looking through the stained glass window at HMS President with Tower Bridge in the background

 

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The stained glass window inside HMS President

 

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Lieutenant Bryony Ellison RNR and CPO (AWT) S M Mather RN sit at the historical fireplace inside HMS President

 

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Lieutenant Bryony Ellison RNR and CPO (AWT) S M Mather RN inside HMS President before Remembrance Sunday services

 

The Royal Navy used to give its sailors a daily rum ration, known as a “tot,” until the practice was abolished in July 1970.

A tot of rum is however, still issued on special occasions using an order to “splice the mainbrace”, which may only be given by the Queen, a member of the royal family or, on certain occasions, the admiralty board in the UK.

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A barrel for rum inside HMS President is still used on special occasions to "splice the mainbrace"

 

HMS President during the London 2012 Olympics

HMS President supported the national security operations throughout the Olympic Games:

Assault teams leaving HMS President

Assault teams leaving HMS President during Olympic security rehearsal operations in May 2012

 

Landing craft from HMS Ocean at Greenwich used HMS President as a strategic London base during the Olympics and landing craft were regularly seen passing Wapping:

Landing craft from HMS Ocean passes historical Wapping barges

Landing craft from HMS Ocean pass historical barges at Hermitage Moorings in Wapping

 

Lt Ellison played a part in the London 2012 Olympics, as one of the British Forces flag raising team and cites this as one example of the reason she loves being part of the Reserves Unit so much – “…you get to do so many things you wouldn’t normally be able to”.

Since joining the Unit over ten years ago Lt Ellison has had a family and although continuing to work in a demanding civilian job, she has found meeting the required 24 days per year at HMS President very feasible and has every intention to continue.

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Find out more about HMS President

For more information about joining London’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit in St Katharine’s Way, Wapping please visit the HMS President website.

For the latest news and events follow HMS President on Twitter @HMSPresidentRNR and on their Facebook Page.

Enquiries about joining the Reserve Unit, attending an open evening, or hiring HMS President as an event venue can also be made by email to president-mailbox@mod.uk.

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