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Royal Navy Reservist uses his engineering expertise

16 November 2016
A Maritime Reservist from HMS Dalriada in Govan has been using his engineering expertise at the Home of the UK Submarine Service.

Lieutenant Commander Alex Cross RNR is a former regular member of the armed forces who left around a year ago and now works for systems and engineering technology company Fraser-Nash Consulting. 

With the support of his employer, Alex recently joined the Royal Naval Reserves’ Engineer Branch and has been working with the Submarine Flotilla (SUBFLOT) at HM Naval Base Clyde. 

“I served with the Royal Navy for 22 years and after I left I wanted to maintain those links with the navy and with old friends,” said Alex.

“Many of the engineering skills you learn in the military are transferrable so my employer has seen the benefits of joining the Engineer Branch.”

Many of the engineering skills you learn in the military are transferrable so my employer has seen the benefits of joining the Engineer Branch

Lieutenant Commander Alex Cross RNR

In July 2014, after an absence of 21 years, the Engineer Reserve Branch was reintroduced to the Royal Navy.  From sensitive electronics and information systems, to huge gas turbine engines and sophisticated weapons, Royal Navy engineers are responsible for some of the most advanced technology in the world. 

There are currently 60 Reserve Engineers serving with the Branch around the country with more sought. 

“It has been a pleasure to get back into uniform and provide support to the submarines at HM Naval Base Clyde,” said Alex.  “It has been interesting to see how much things have changed since I left the Royal Navy.  It’s nice to see a larger number of attack submarines at Clyde and to see people I have worked with over the years rise up the ranks.

“The last couple of weeks have proven that RNR Engineer Branch officers can integrate seamlessly into the base and provide positive support to the Fleet.”

Another benefit of Alex’s seamless integration into the Flotilla is that it has freed-up some of his regular colleagues to conduct a well-deserved week of Adventurous Training. 

Thinking about joining the Engineer Reserve Branch?  For those who are ex-regular, entry is through the Armed Forces Career Office.  Most personnel will join in their previous rank or rate with the same pay scale.  Those who complete their required 24 day commitment and are in-date for the Royal Navy Fitness Test could earn a tax free bonus of up to £1,725.

The age limit for service is currently 57 years old. 

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