Commanding role for senior naval officer in charge of reserves
A SENIOR naval officer has taken command of the nation's Maritime Reservists.
Commodore Gareth Derrick, from Ivybridge, joined the Royal Navy in 1977 as a Midshipman and initially worked in the Submarine Service.
He has now become Commander Maritime Reserves (CMR) having taken over last month from Commodore John Keegan ADC RN.
The Maritime Reserves take civilians into part-time service with the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Reserves.
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Once trained these volunteers provide additional specialist manpower to Fleet operations world-wide.
CMR provides a single command structure for more than 3,000 reservist personnel across the country, many of whom are based in Plymouth.
One of his first tasks in post is to implement Future Reserves 2020, a government-led initiative in wake of the defence review.
The scheme is designed to build the reserve forces of all three services, with the Maritime Reserve receiving a £96m investment.
Commodore Derrick, said: "I am immensely proud to have taken command of the Maritime Reserves in 2012. The past two years has been tremendously satisfying professionally, as well as humbling. Our people have served on operations at sea, in the air and on land making an excellent contribution to operational success.
"But our achievements are inevitably touched by the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary by our people and the families that stand behind them. As we move forward with the Future Reserves programme, increasing numbers of Maritime Reservists, both Naval and Marines will work directly alongside our regular counterparts. We make a great team."
The 54-year-old is married with three children and has a grand-daughter aged three. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in the 2004 Operational Honours List.