HMS Calliope (shore establishment)
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A Tyne-based division of the Royal Naval Reserve was established in 1905, and used the old Calypso-class third-class cruiser HMS Calliope as its drill ship. She served until 1951, when she was sold for scrapping, and was replaced by the Falmouth-class sloop HMS Falmouth. Falmouth was renamed Calliope, and was berthed at Elswick. She served until 1968, when she too was sold for scrapping, after the Tyne Division moved ashore to a new Headquarters, which retained the name HMS Calliope. In October 1985 it was awarded a place on the Roll of Honorary Freeman of the City of Newcastle.
Currently located next to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge HMS Calliope is the principal Training Centre for the North and North East of England, and serves as the home base for some 150 reservists. Members take part in local representational activities and Remembrance Day parades in Newcastle and Gateshead. A number of tenders have been assigned to the unit over the years, including the River-class minesweeper HMS Orwell and the Archer-class patrol vessel HMS Example.
The Armed Forces Career Officer (AFCO) for all three services (RN incl. RFA, RAF & Army) is now housed within the building.
The unit’s current commanding officer is Commander Graham Deighton.
- HMS Calliope at the Royal Navy's website
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.