Lt Cdr Chris praises reservists
PUBLISHED: 12:12 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:12 24 November 2014
An Exmouth Royal Navy commander, honoured for vital intelligence work helping merchant ships avoid the scourge of African pirates, has spoken of the benefits of being a reservist.
Lt Cdr Chris Parry, 40, MBE, was a sea cadet before joining the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) at university and has not looked back since.
He has spoken of his experiences as part of the Ministry of Defence’s latest recruitment drive.
From diving and mine warfare to nursing and media operations, crew members of the RNR at HMS Vivid at Devonport have seen it all.
Chris, a former media sales employee, now works for the Hydrographic Office, most recently working in Maritime Trade Operations, providing intelligence to merchant shipping in pirate areas, such as Somalia, for which he was awarded the MBE.
As well as contributing to the safety of mariners in international waters, Chris has other personal reasons to be thankful to the RNR - he met his wife, Rosie, a former reservist.
“I’ve had the opportunity to do things I would never have been able to in civilian life, such as working at the recent NATO summit in Wales.
“You can gain practical experience in everything, from management and leadership courses to professional qualifications, and you also get paid for attendance.
“You don’t have to be tied-down to commitments all the time – your time and commitment can be flexible as your life and career changes, but you always have opportunities to stretch yourself and do exciting things.”