Royal Navy officers of the future to make trip to the River Tweed
A Royal Navy training ship is making a rare visit to Berwick next week following its recent refurbishment.
Local sea cadets will be given a chance to have a look around HMS Example when she arrived on the Tweed next Wednesday evening.
“It’s the first time we’ve ventured up in a while so we’re looking forward to it,” said Sub Lieutenant Oliver Gordon.
The P2000 Archer Class patrol boat is based at HMS Calliope on the River Tyne in Newcastle.
She is affiliated with the Northumbrian Universities Royal Naval Unit (NURNU) which is an organisation which provides naval training to students at Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham universities.
The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to students in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities worldwide.
Initially enrolled as officer cadets, those who successfully complete their task book are given the rank of midshipman.
URNU members are taken to sea at weekends and during their vacation periods.
They learn about roles such as that of the Officer-Of-The-Watch, Navigator and Quartermaster (steering the ship at the helm).
This provides an excellent insight for students into how the ship runs as well as helping to develop their general seamanship, navigation and leadership.
HMS Example made its return to the fleet in November after a year in refit for new engines, capable of a top speed of 22 knots, and a gleaming new coat of paint.
She is one of 14 patrol boats that make up the Royal Navy’s 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS), with her new Ship’s Company, headed by Lieutenant Thomas Stapley-Bunten.
Recent years have seen HMS Example deployed to northern Europe and the Baltic, including visits to Sweden, Finland and even as far as Russia as well as around the UK.