Wales University Royal Naval Unit

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Wales University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) is a training establishment that trains a range of undergraduates from universities in the South Wales in leadership, seamanship and navigation, without any call-up liability or obligation to join the Royal Navy.

The aim of the URNU organisation is to educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates who show potential as society's future leaders and opinion formers in the role and need for the Royal Navy.

The unit is based at HMS Cambria in Sully, South Glamorgan and is affiliated with HMS Express, based at Penarth Marina near Cardiff. Members of the unit participate in a variety of training and social activities, the focus of which is training at sea aboard HMS Express. Opportunities exist to gain Royal Yachting Association theory and practical seamanship qualifications.

The unit has a strong team ethos, with a work hard, play hard attitude that helps to make members' times with the unit some of the best of their university lives. Students leave the URNU equipped with the skills and confidence that give them a leading edge in whatever path they choose to follow.

While not specifically a recruiting organisation for the Royal Navy, time spent in the URNU has inspired several of our past members to pursue careers as Royal Navy officers, as well as a number of our current students who are at various stages of the application process.

The Commanding Officer of the Unit is a full time Royal Navy officer. She is assisted by the Unit Coxswain, a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, a part time civilian secretary, and a number of Training Officers, who are all Royal Naval Reserve officers. The Unit has an established strength of 51 undergraduate members who hold the rank of Officer Cadet or Honorary Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve.

The Commanding Officer of HMS Express is also a full time Royal Navy officer and is assisted by an Exectutive Officer (CPO), two engineers and a Navigators Yeoman.




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