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Devon University Royal Naval Unit visits RFA Wave Ruler

22 February 2017
Devon University Royal Navy Unit (URNU), based in Plymouth, is the latest of the 15 URNUs to be formed. Coming together less than six months ago and without a P2000 assigned to the unit, there have been few opportunities for shipboard experiences, therefore an offer of a ship visit from RFA Wave Ruler, whilst on the buoy at Plymouth Sound, was readily accepted.

Ten students and two Training Officers were given a comprehensive ship’s tour and capability brief of RFA Wave Ruler and all trainees enjoyed they’re first experience of an RFA ship.

Officer Cadet (OC) Will Manthorp, commented “I found the visit to Wave Ruler to be very enlightening, particularly as it highlighted the significance that the RFA has in its support for UK Naval Operations. It also helped fuel considerations of a career with the RFA for myself”.

OC Hannah Osborne further added “Having the opportunity to speak with current RFA Cadets was a great way to learn more about the work of the RFA and the opportunities I have available when I graduate”.

The URNU’s aim is to establish a broader Naval understanding for the leaders of tomorrow and does so through 15 University Units throughout the country. During the visit the students had the opportunity to find out what life was like for serving RFA crew. They viewed the RAS equipment and self defence capabilities on board.

They also had the opportunity to experience the facilities on board, including damage control clothing/equipment and they even took part in a brief training session on civilian and RN navigation equipment.

The enthusiasm shown by the Cadets and willingness to learn more about going to sea, highlights that the maritime industry still offers good career choice and is a major contributor to our economy, this visit to an Operational platform will stand them in good stead if they decide to pursue a career at sea.

Captain Rob Anders, RFA

Devon URNU Command Officer (CO), Lt Cdr Martin Hibbert, explained “The URNU is not a recruiting vehicle. It is intended to broaden Naval understanding and develop undergraduates who show potential to become the leaders of tomorrow, through maritime experience and exposure to the values and ethos of the Royal Navy.

"However, about 50% of the URNU students have already expressed an interest in joining the Naval Service and such opportunities, similar to this, may well nudge a few more into looking at what a career in the Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary can offer."

Captain Rob Anders, CO of Wave Ruler, said “The opportunity to expose people with a maritime interest to the close working relationship between the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary is one we always seize upon.

"The enthusiasm shown by the Cadets and willingness to learn more about going to sea, highlights that the maritime industry still offers good career choice and is a major contributor to our economy, this visit to an Operational platform will stand them in good stead if they decide to pursue a career at sea."

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