Brothers finally meet for first navy rendezvous
A Royal Navy officer from Cornwall has served at sea with his younger brother for the first time since he left home 18 years ago.
Lieutenant Cecil Ladislaus from Redruth, was part of HMS Mersey's crew when it took part in a recent operation off the Welsh coast.
It presented the 36-year-old with an opportunity to meet up with his brother, Royal Navy reservist Lieutenant Paul Ladislaus, 34, in a professional operational capacity for the first time.
Older brother Cecil said it was great to be in uniform with his brother.
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"Having left home 18 years ago, this is the first time that we've had to share a cabin," he said. "But it was great to see him, in all these years in the Royal Navy, our paths have not crossed on operations until now."
His brother echoed the sentiment.
"It was interesting to see him at work on HMS Mersey and for him also to understand more of what I do with the reserves. Obviously we both live in the UK, but with our job commitments in very different areas and environments, it was an added bonus to be able to spend some time together."
The two men, who were born in Gibraltar, have notched up some 35 years of regular and reserve service in the UK armed forces. Cecil began his military career with the Army, joining the Royal Gibraltar Regiment as a musician at the age of 16 in 1993, before moving on to the Royal Engineers as a Territorial Army reservist for four years while studying for a degree in civil engineering at Nottingham University.
He joined the full-time Royal Navy in 2000, first as a submariner before retraining as a hydrography and meteorology officer.
Paul joined the Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit in 1997 while studying chemical engineering and served four years before becoming a reservist with HMS Calliope in 2001. He subsequently went into industry, but maintained his interest in the Royal Navy by joining the reserves.