Lt Cdr Liz Church, one of our most experienced submarine operations reservists, is celebrating 40 years’ service. 2019 marked this career milestone on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth, where Lt Cdr Church worked as part of the submarine advisory team, providing support and guidance to the carrier strike group commander during the ship’s deployment to Canada and the United States.

“To be able to travel overseas with HMS Queen Elizabeth is a real privilege! The role I am doing on the aircraft carrier is something which, during my career, I have done on many different ships, and with many different Navies around the world. The continued opportunities and personal challenges offered by the Reserves are what have made my naval career something I have really enjoyed.”
Lt Cdr Liz Church

Cdr Ben Horner, Head of Reserves Submarine Operations says “Lt Cdr Church is an absolutely first class example of an experienced and committed reservist, drawing upon the wealth of her specialist expertise to help deliver Carrier Strike and to keep both HMS Queen Elizabeth, and her supporting submarines, safe and working seamlessly together. There could be no more fitting way for Liz to celebrate this incredible milestone than at sea, aboard the nation’s flagship, doing the job she loves. The submarine operations community will raise a glass in salute to her today.”

Lt Cdr Liz Church added: “I would like to say a big thank you to my family and to my employers over the years who have supported me and made it possible for me to make the most of everything the Royal Naval Reserve has to offer.”