The Royal Navy has played an integral role in the annual Barclays  Jersey Boat Show since it was first launched in 2008, with a large number of visiting vessels, musical performances and traditional ceremonies taking place.

In previous years assets making appearances at the boat show have included fishery protection vessels, including HMS Mersey, HMS Severn and HMS Tyne. As the name suggests, these vessels have responsibility the UK Extended Fisheries Zone. Over the Barclays Jersey Boat Show weekend the ship is open to the public, with an opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet with members of the crew.


Other visiting Royal Navy vessels often include P2000 university training vessels, which are berthed in St Helier Marina and open to the public. Previous training vessels have included HMS Ranger, HMS Blazer and HMS Dasher. These vessels are training establishments connected to a university. Although their primary role is to support the University Royal Naval Units they also contribute to a wide range of fleet tasking


Included in varied entertainment programme throughout the weekend, the Barclays Jersey Boat Show regularly welcomes visiting Royal Marines Bands, which will undertake a number of musical performances throughout the weekend. These have included the traditional ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremonies as well as public musical concerts. Previous visiting Royal Marines bands have included Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood as well as Portsmouth.

Royal Marines Weapons Dome

The 2019 event will see the addition of the Royal Marines Commando Recruitment Team and their Weapons Dome, they will be performing two live demonstrations per day, timings of which can be found on the What's On section. Be sure to visit the Military Village where they will be happy to answer any questions you may have and show you around the arsenal of weapons they have on display.

Royal Navy Ship

The show is normally attended by a visiting Royal Navy ship, in 2008, this was HMS Kent. In 2009, HMS York was the visiting ship, HMS Mersey attended in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2018 and her sister ship the HMS Severn in 2011, 2014 and 2016. In 2015 HMS Tyne attended.

The Bands of HM Royal Marines

The 2019 show will not see an attendance by a Royal Marines band, instead for 2019 we will have the Royal Marines Weapons Dome.

The Royal Marines Band Service lets you combine music-making at a high level with an active, challenging military role. Throughout your career with the Royal Marines Band Service you will be playing at a consistently high level – for heads of state, for royalty and foreign dignitaries. As well as taking part in our world famous marching band, you'll also have crucial duties during active service.

P2000 Fast Patrol Boats

Fast Inshore Patrol Boats provide training and maritime experience for University Royal Naval Unit students and also provide support to wider Fleet tasking and exercises around the UK and Europe waters.

Viking Armoured Vehicle

Viking Armoured Vehicles provide protected battlefield mobility for the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade. Designed for amphibious operations they have the ability to 'swim' when required, either to land troops ashore, or to cross obstacles like rivers and lakes.

Offshore Raiding Craft

The Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) is a relatively new addition to the Royal Marines' inventory. The ORC is designed for commando insertion/extraction, patrol, maritime interdiction and fire support missions.

Users of the ORC include 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and 43 Commando.

The 9 meter-long ORC has an aluminium hull with a low enough draft to allow for safe, rapid beach insertions. 2 crew and up to 8 fully-equipped Royal Marines can be carried on a set of upright seats.

Royal Navy Recruitment Vehicle

A job in the Naval Service means adventure, camaraderie – and lifelong prospects. Every day you make a difference. And no two days are the same. You could be policing the world's oceans, delivering humanitarian aid when natural or man-made disasters strike. Or you could be deployed in combat. No matter what job you do, you'll be a key part in operations around the world. Are you ready to go places?

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