As can be expected, the sea remains integral part of the training of RNR officers and ratingsand today, RNR personnel regularly train and fight alongside their regular counterparts. It provides qualified professionals to support the Service and Defence Community during period of peace, conflict, civil crisis or simply when our community need assistance.
In April 2006, the Royal Naval Reserve adopted a new formation, but this time it became an integral part of the peacetime Fleet, for the first time in its existence. The Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marines Reserve merged to become the Maritime Reserves and, after a period away from the higher command echelons of the Service, the Maritime Reserves once again have a voice at the Admiralty Board under Flag Officer Reserves, and mirroring the structure of all the other formations in the Fleet.
Since its formation over 100 years ago, the Maritime Reserves have evolved to be fully integrated with the Fleet and daily, they provide more specialist knowledge and experience than ever before at the planning and execution stages of operations and exercises. The Maritime Reserves remain relatively small in size but they are generally regarded as a loyal, dedicated and highly motivated professional arm of the Royal Navy.