Remembrance Day

Wales URNU have sent several groups of cadets out to represent the Royal Navy at a number of Remembrance Sunday Parades, including Bridgend, Swansea and Barry.

101 years since the conclusion of the Great War, we spent the day reflecting on those who had paid the ultimate price for freedom and liberty across the world, as well as those who are serving now.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

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WURNU Cadets Take On The Commando Challenge For Charity

Four officer cadets took on the 10k Commando Challenge in Devon in October, running the full course in 1hr27!

Cadets Ben Baily, Alex Bayne, Alistair Mansfield and Freya Adele headed down with forms full of donations to take on the intense Commando mud run, taking on a variety of obstacles along with the standard terrible Devon weather.

Difficult but rewarding, if challenges like this get you excited, join up with the WURNU today!

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The Royal Naval Equestrian Team

Sporting opportunities abound in the URNU, as our own Midshipman Kate Slennett demonstrated last month.

‘Over the first weekend in October Midshipman Kate Slennett took part in the UK Armed Forces Dressage Championships. This event was held alongside the Dressage Championships of Great Britain at The David Broome Event Centre.

This was the first competition Kate had taken her own horse ‘Al’ along to. Whilst it wasn’t the RN’s outing, with a few unfortunate injuries the weekend was enjoyed by all Service Personnel who took part.

Mid. Slennett said: “The opportunities the Royal Naval Equestrian Squad have afforded me are second to none. Prior to becoming involved with the Squad I had never taken a horse to a competition. The team spirit, support and training opportunities provided are exceptional and I am thoroughly looking forward to the next training and development opportunity and working with ‘Al’ to get to know him better.”’

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If exciting sporting opportunities like this entice you, sign up with the WURNU using our form to be in with the opportunity to join in September 2020!

HMS Express And WURNU Students In The Bristol Channel

As our Senior Midshipman writes:

‘On Tuesday 29th October, one Midshipman, one Officer Cadet and one Acting Officer Cadet from Wales URNU had the opportunity to take the Unit’s affiliated warship HMS EXPRESS out for a day trip in the Bristol Channel.

The trip was conducted to allow the ashes of a former Royal Navy sailor to be committed to the waves, and gave the students a chance to try out their navigation skills on the Royal Navy’s Warship Electronic Charting and Data Information System (WECDIS).

Despite the bitter winds and rough seas, the trip was a success, and allowed the students to put into practise the skills learnt in the classroom – a unique opportunity only for URNU Officer Cadets.’

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Celebrating 25 Years of Wales URNU

A message from our Senior Training Officer; Lt Jim Hawkins:

‘Update from Lt Cdr Nelson – 20th October 1994. The big day at last – Wales URNU first drill night. About 40 new members arrived by bus, train, car, motor bike and foot, but mostly mini-buses, from Cardiff, Swansea and Pontypridd. I think we started with a rather silly ice-breaker in which, having started by selecting the favourite ocean of their choice all the students ended up thinking of the colour grey (all apart from one – clearly to be noted as potential trouble) I think the idea was to light heartedly suggest that we were all of one mind. But I think some concern was expressed about military brain-washing!

Then the staff (ship and shore) were introduced before the endless reams of paperwork arrived. We also started the uniform procurement process and, with just 9 days to the first sea weekend, broke out the infamous teach yourself coastal navigation and rule of the road.

Finally, to the Wardroom for a well deserved drink and the first outing of Stormy’s famous buffets.’

25 Years of Wales URNU, many more to come!

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To quote our own A/OC Rowsell:

‘ The term has gone so fast with many other fantastic achievements by the members of Wales URNU and the selection of a new committee who are motivated and ready to continue the success of the unit going forwards. ‘

HMS Express Participates in Baltic Training

HMS Smiter (left) and HMS Ranger (right) join the WURNU’s dedicated HMS Express in the Baltic for the centennial of World War I operations in the area

Some of the smallest ships are mirroring the actions of their predecessors 100 years ago during the Baltic’s biggest war games.

Seven Royal Navy P2000 fast patrol boats are among the 60 warships from across 18 allied/NATO/partner nations taking part in the huge Baltops exercise which ends this week. 

 The 54-tonne boats, typically used to give university students an insight into life in the Royal Navy, have been ‘attacking’ the numerous warships mustered for the US-led workout… just as British motorboats caused havoc in the Baltic in 1919.

Coastal motorboats – smaller, lighter but slightly faster than the P2000s, and armed with just a single torpedo and several machine-guns – were used extensively by the Royal Navy during the Russian Civil War.

In mid-June 1919, one evaded minefields and heavy enemy fire and launched a torpedo at the cruiser Oleg – 6,645 tonnes, bristling with a dozen 6in guns, a similar number of 11-pounders and protected by a belt of armour up to three inches thick – in Kronstadt Naval Base near St Petersburg.’

Read more about these exciting war games on the Royal Navy’s official website: