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Royal Navy Reservists take part in Trident Juncture

6 November 2018
A team of Royal Naval Reservists has joined the multi-national staff of Naval Striking and Support Forces (SFN) NATO for Exercise #TridentJuncture 2018 on-board USS Mount Whitney.

In the Norwegian Sea, Lt Cdr Nick Ealey, Lt Cdr Lee Paddock, Lt Cdr Francesca Woodman, Lt David Blagden and WO1 Paul Lofthouse brave the ship-roll, cold weather and rough seas for a quick photo.

Nick is a surveyor from London. Lee lives on the Fylde coast and works supporting Service leavers, Veterans and their families. 

David is a senior lecturer at Exeter University. All three are based at HMS Wildfire and are submarine specialists. Their role is to integrate submarines into the task force, which enables the submarine to be tasked directly by the Task Force Commander.

Spending 4 weeks on the USS Mount Whitney with a multi-national headquarters is a fantastic opportunity to train and work together with NATO colleagues.

Lt Cdr Francesca Woodman RNR

Paul lives in Manchester and is a member of the Air Branch. His role is Air Watch Officer responsible for monitoring air warfare and aviation movements.

Francesca, from Cornwall, is a member of the Media Operations Specialisation and is working as one of the Public Affairs Officers on board, dealing with real life media output for SFN.

She said: “I joined the ship in Lisbon and sailed north of the Arctic Circle. Spending 4 weeks on the USS Mount Whitney with a multi-national headquarters is a fantastic opportunity to train and work together with NATO colleagues.

“The weather has been against us, but Trondheim is waiting at the end of the exercise!”

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