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THE BLAZER BUGLE

Newsletter of Southampton University Royal Naval Unit

FEBRUARY 2017

of Southampton University Royal Naval Unit FEBRUARY 2017 SOUTHAMPTON Commanding Officer SURNU - Lt Tim Bateson

SOUTHAMPTON of Southampton University Royal Naval Unit FEBRUARY 2017 Commanding Officer SURNU - Lt Tim Bateson RN

Commanding Officer SURNU - Lt Tim Bateson RN CommAndinG oFFiCER Well the end of 2016

Commanding Officer SURNU - Lt Tim Bateson RN

CommAndinG

oFFiCER

Well the end of 2016 brings to a close a very busy year at SURNU. This edition highlights but a few of the events we attended. An excellent recruitment round meant our target of 21 students was achieved, bringing the unit back to maximum capacity of 51. An amazing 58 people were interviewed for those spaces, demonstrating how important the URNU organisation is to students around the country. To those that unfortunately leave us (I am convinced most would stay members long after university finishes (!)), I wish you all the best in your future careers and I am sure I will see some of you around the Fleet. Finally, a big thank you to all our affiliates for continued support of SURNU.

LEAvERs

This is the 3rd Year students that have now left the unit to pursue life post University. Special thanks to the SMID Kiani Pay and DSMID Emma Brook for all your efforts throughout the year.

DSMID Emma Brook for all your efforts throughout the year. REmEmBRAnCE Remembrance Sunday was concentrated at

REmEmBRAnCE

Remembrance Sunday was concentrated at Southampton Guildhall this year alongside our affiliated unit HMS ARTFUL.

The streets were lined by members of the public paying their own respects and all the students said it was a great day to be in uniform and remember the fallen. The CO laid a reef on behalf of SURNU alongside all the other dignitaries.

A few great runs ashore and a beach BBQ ensured that the Weymouth Waterfest weekend was a thoroughly successful weekend away, enjoyed by all.

and a beach BBQ ensured that the Weymouth Waterfest weekend was a thoroughly successful weekend away,

sUmmER dEpLoYmEnT 2016

sUmmER dEpLoYmEnT 2016 Phase 1 ran from the 9th June in Edinburgh and ended on 26th

Phase 1 ran from the 9th June in Edinburgh and ended on 26th June in Grimsby. We were in company with HMS RANGER and Sussex URNU for the duration of our deployment as well as HMS ARCHER and Edinburgh URNU for the start of our deployment. Deployment began with a harbour day and night out in Edinburgh with Edinburgh URNU whilst HMS RANGER had some last minute repairs before we headed to our first port, Aberdeen. We then continued north to Inverness and sailed down the beautiful Caledonian Canal, stopping at Fort Augustus and passing through Loch Ness. There was even an opportunity for some promotional pictures. We left the Caledonian Canal for the Isle of Mull and a harbour day in Tobermory, the setting for the TV show Balamory, where we drank whiskey and attempted a BBQ. From there it was back to the canal, stopping at Fort William and Fort Augustus and finally Inverness, our last Scottish port, for a harbour day of kayaking and dancing in an Irish pub. To round off Phase 1, we ended in Grimsby for National Armed Forces Day where the general public had the chance to tour HMS BLAZER and HMS RANGER. SURNU and Sussex URNU got the rare opportunity to watch the Red Arrows at sea. Phase 1 was a smashing deployment and everyone on board had a great time!

Phase 2 set off from Grimsby and headed to Lowestoft rather than Great Yarmouth, causing the newly printed deployment polos to need their first alteration of many. The students on board from a mix of both Southampton and London URNUs began to get to know each other. After suffering the disappointment of watching England be dumped out of the euros to Iceland we set sail for Holland, after a rather long passage we finally arrived in the Dutch naval base of Den Helder. This gave us our first taste of completing charts, navigating, helming and finding any possible spare moment to sleep, which we became pros at by the end of deployment (well the sleeping bit at least). Terschelling was our next stop, receiving our first harbour day, we took advantage of tandem bike hire to explore the island at speed and a small group of us took up an invitation to visit the local lighthouse, with a view worth the large amount of steps need to climb to the top. Soon after was Emden for another harbour day, this time in Germany, taking time to visiting a surviving WWII bunker and sampling the local beers and nightlife of the city. We then visited the German island of Helgoland, a picturesque setting with sheer cliff faces, coastal footpaths and any University students dream: since the island was duty free, we made use of our spare time to go shopping. We then returned to Holland, staying in the harbour of Deifzijl for a number of days due to the rough sea state and weather conditions. Finally, we ended up in the city of Amsterdam for our handover to Phase 3, where went exploring for 2 days and saw all the city had to offer.

Phase 3 deployment went from Holland, to Belgium, and then returned to the UK over a two week period. We were a mixed group with first, second and third years who had not had much time with each other during the past year. Over the course of the two weeks, friendships were constructed and many stories made, alongside our accompanying ship HMS Ranger. Without a doubt, the highlights of the deployment would be the runs ashore in the cities of Amsterdam, Oostend and Brugge. Sightseeing, trying local food and drink, as well as learning skills at sea, were just a few things we did with our time on HMS BLAZER. Every member of our deployment would agree that this deployment was the highlight of our time within SURNU this year. Students various, 2016

deployment would agree that this deployment was the highlight of our time within SURNU this year.

FREsHER’s nEw EnTRY wEEkEnd BRnC

Our New Entry joined that of five other URNUs from around the country at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

The weekend consisted of training in navigation, marching and leadership, as well as an opportunity to use the bridge simulator, a tour of the college along with the compulsory RN swim test.

100% effort was applied to all, by all, and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

with the compulsory RN swim test. 100% effort was applied to all, by all, and everyone
with the compulsory RN swim test. 100% effort was applied to all, by all, and everyone

THREE pEAks

On the 1st to the 4th August a group of 13 SURNU members and 2 Mountain Leaders took on the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for the RNRMC.

“The ascent of the first peak, Ben Nevis, began at 1630 on 2nd August and we began the journey in good time as high morale pushed us to the top of the 1345m climb. The descent into poor weather took its toll but the first challenge was completed in just over 5 hours before a treacherous journey to the Peak District and Scarfell Pike.

The scaling of England’s tallest peak of 978m began at 0300 on 3rd August in the freezing cold and pouring rain. It was possibly one of the harder climbs of the three but a lot of motivation and even more sugar resulted in us reaching the top in good time. The descent was slower as aches and injuries began to take their toll but the improving weather meant the group were looking forward to Snowdon, the final peak.

The last ascent began at midday and although the weather held out, in true Welsh fashion it was raining not long after the final walk began. At this point in the challenge, the chance of completion within the 24 hour window was looking near impossible, even more so with the worsening raining and gale force winds. We battled up the paths, trying not to get blown off the side of the mountain, and finally crawled (literally) to the top of the third and final peak at a height of 9185m. A rapid descent down the miners’ path was made and the end of the challenge was greeted with a rare moment of sunshine.

Huge congratulations are owed to all SURNU members involved in the gruelling challenge. 26 hours and £1147 pounds is a fantastic outcome for all the efforts, sore feet and wet clothes. Same again next year?” Mid K Reid, SMID

and wet clothes. Same again next year?” Mid K Reid, SMID spoRTs SURNU reigned supreme at

spoRTs

SURNU reigned supreme at Inter-URNU Sports Weekend 2016, finishing with 74 points, 25 ahead of the runners-up, Bristol, who had 49! We also reached the final in every event (a record-breaking feat since no team has ever reached all the semi-finals before, let alone the finals!), winning Bucket Ball and Hockey and coming second in nearly every other sport. We blamed the second places on fatigue from all the finals we had to play(!). All of us are looking forward to regaining our title in 2017.

places on fatigue from all the finals we had to play(!). All of us are looking
places on fatigue from all the finals we had to play(!). All of us are looking
places on fatigue from all the finals we had to play(!). All of us are looking
places on fatigue from all the finals we had to play(!). All of us are looking