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URNU Cambridge
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URNU Cambridge

Situated in Cambridge and serving universities across East Anglia, University Royal Naval Unit Cambridge (URNU Cambridge) offers members the chance to learn new skills, meet others, enjoy social events, strengthen leadership skills, experience time at sea and undertake adventurous training such as offshore sailing.

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OC Kamakshi’s Story

The URNU has provided things I never thought I'd be able to experience. On a recent deployment to the Baltic we had plenty of training such as helmsmanship, navigation, fire exercises and delivering harbour briefs. I was pleasantly surprised and embraced the opportunity to be able to handle the ropes and drive the Ship! It was great being able to meet other OCs and share our varying experiences. Furthermore, I had a really great time exploring different cities and their cultures.

Throughout the trip, I found myself thinking (multiple times) how I would've never had this kind opportunity without the URNU; to meet a group of strangers and just share such a unique experience with them.

I think this trip has taught me a lot about myself. Firstly it has confirmed my desire to join the RN. I've seen the values we aim for and uphold in the URNU being upheld in the RN. I've also learnt that I have good leadership skills even in difficult situations.

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URNU Cambridge
Coldhams Lane
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Telephone: 07773 155 799
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What We Do Here

Based at HQ Northwest Officer Training Regiment, URNU Members can take part in sporting events, adventurous training activities and gain CMI qualifications, the Unit is affiliated to HMS DUNCAN and the Tallow Chandlers Company.


Royal Navy School of Physical Training

The Royal Navy School of Physical Training is responsible for training Physical Training (PT) Branch personnel. They offer courses for PT Branch qualification, PDev Officer courses, and Sea Acquaint courses. They recruit PT Branch personnel from other branches within the Royal Navy or through direct entry.
Direct entry candidates undergo suitability assessments and training before joining the 26-week Leading Physical Trainers Qualifying Course.
This course covers academic and practical subjects such as instructional techniques, fitness principles, sports coaching, and adventurous training. Career courses for Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers focus on both academic and physical aspects and include management skills. PDev Officers and Sea Acquaint courses are also provided.