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HMS Flying Fox

Welcome to the HMS Flying Fox homepage.

HMS Flying Fox is one of 14 RNR Units in the UK.  Based in Bedminster, South Bristol, it provides a focus for RNR training and activity in the West of England.

Training over 100 reservists on Thursday evenings in Bristol, HMS Flying Fox serves Avon, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Our reservists come from all walks-of-life and all parts of the West.  Our unit is a welcoming and vibrant environment in which to learn new skills, make friends and take on exciting challenges.

With the support of the unit’s full-time and part-time staff you can develop a professionally satisfying part time career with the Royal Navy and in time you have good opportunities to serve with your fulltime RN colleagues in the UK or to deploy on operations overseas.
See the Unit Information or How do I join? pages for more Information.

Brief history
HMS Flying Fox Berthed at BristolHMS Flying Fox Berthed at Bristol
Bristol Division was one of the five divisions of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve formed in 1903. After World War 1, the division was reformed and a new drill ship, a Fleet Sweeping Vessel (Sloop) - HMS Flying Fox - was berthed at Bristol in 1924. Renamed Severn Division after World War 2, HMS Flying Fox moved ashore to its present HQ in 1972. Co-located on the site in Winterstoke Road are the Naval Regional Commander Wales and Western England, the SW Area Sea Cadet HQ and Recruiting HQ (South).

Training Nights (day of week and times)
Thursday 1930-2130
Admin Night is the first Tuesday of each Month 1930-2130

Affiliated units
HMS Severn
Clifton College CCF

Local representational activities
Remembrance Day Parade