HC Deb 11 June 1874 vol 219 c1404

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is his intention to make the necessary arrangements for the summer training and evolutions of the Royal Naval Reserve Squadron; and, if so, what those arrangements are?


There will, Sir, be no squadron of Reserve ships sent out for the practice of evolutions this summer. Several of those ships are under repair, and the vessels which have temporarily supplied their places are not fit for squadron cruising. The coast-guardmen will be embarked for exercise during this and the next two months in such ships as are fit for sea, and the ships will cruise singly. One ship is already at sea, and will return and change crews in July and make a second trip. By this means about 1,800 men will be exercised.