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Ceres Division RNR
Commanding Officer Lt Cdr John Northcott
Unit founded 14 May 2005
Number of officers and ratings >35
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Surroundings Urban
Address Carr Lodge, Carlton Barracks, Carlton Gate, Leeds. LS7 1HE
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Ceres Division is a unit of the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Serving West Yorkshire and the north and east of Manchester, Ceres trains up to 100 reservists sharing barracks with RMR Tyne in Leeds..

Ceres Division provides ratings for the Above-Water Force Protection (AWFP), Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Logistics (LOGS) specialisations as well as training for junior Officers.



Situated in the heart of Leeds, Ceres Division resides within Carlton Barracks, which also houses several TA units and the University Officer Training Corps. Ceres is within walking distance of Leeds City train station and bus routes into the city, and is situated just off the M621 through Leeds. Ceres also has close ties with the regional Royal Navy Headquarters in Liverpool so is well supported.


HMS Ceres was an RNR training unit in Yeadon which closed in 1994 following a restructuring and the disbanding of the 10th Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM10).

In 1999 the decision was made to re-establish an RNR presence in West Yorkshire. Establishing a tender unit minimised cost and provided an extant administrative structure to support the development.

Named Calder Division, the unit established a temporary presence in Batley to train communications ratings, although the termporary nature of the accommodation and limited equipment led to recruitment and retention difficulties. Alternative accommodation was found at Carlton Barracks, Leeds, co-located with units of the Territorial Army.

The new facility underwent refurbishment providing galley, changing rooms, toilets, showers, offices, classrooms and conference facilities. The Ministry of Defence computer network, Defence Information Infrastructure, was installed to provide IT support. A single bar is available, with all personnel sharing the facility in contrast to the Royal Navy tradition of separate mess facilities for Officers, Senior and Junior ratings.

The unit was renamed for HMS Ceres and retains the ship's bell.

Ceres Division was officially opened by Rear Admiral Kenneth Borley, Flag Officer Training and Recruitment, on 14 May 2005 with a Guard paraded by the parent unit, HMS Sherwood, and music by Royal Marines Band Clyde.


The unit is affiliated to HMS Ark Royal and the Royal Navy Historic Flight which flies the Fairey Swordfish, City Of Leeds.

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