In a superb achievement for the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), Cardiff-based HMS Cambria has passed a rigorous assessment to earn accreditation as a Recognised Training Centre for Powerboat Operations by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Accreditation by the RYA is an important step in the journey to return waterborne training to the RNR and builds on the successful arrival of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to RNR Training Units in Cardiff, Newcastle and Liverpool, with more planned in the coming year.

HMS Cambria, which recently relocated to a waterfront location in the Welsh capital city, can now train reservists in a range of core maritime skills, including navigation, seamanship and boat handling, and radio communication, culminating in the award of the internationally-recognised RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification.

Commodore Mel Robinson, Commander of the Maritime Reserves said, “This is an exciting and hugely important milestone in the transformation of the Maritime Reserves, enabling us to better support the Royal Navy on operations, at home and around the world.

“HMS Cambria has become the first Royal Naval Reserve Training Unit to meet the Royal Yachting Association’s high standards, in turn enabling reservists to gain internally-recognised qualifications while learning the professional skills that will allow them to deploy on Royal Navy warships, operating seamlessly alongside their regular counterparts.

“This achievement, for which I commend HMS Cambria’s Ship’s Company, enable them to better support the Royal Navy on 21st century operations, at home and around the globe.”

Commander Carolyn Jones, who assumed command of HMS Cambria in October, said, “I am hugely proud of the Cambria team for all their hard work, which has clearly paid off with this RYA accreditation.  These boats will now regularly be seen in Cardiff Bay, conducting maritime training which will enable our Reservists to deploy in Offshore Patrol Vessels based here in the UK and forward-deployed around the world.”

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