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        Royal Naval Presentation Team

        Welcome to the Royal Navy Engagement Team's website. Our eight members are a collection of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel who tour the country talking with an assortment of people, including various communities, businesses and politicians.

        We deliver up to 100 presentations each year, educating an increasingly diverse audience about the work that the Royal Navy does on behalf of the UK and its citizens. Our fast-moving, multi-media presentation uses a combination of video footage, interviews from the Fleet and personal accounts from our Team members, all who have first-hand experience of recent operations, to deliver a highly-engaging insight into what your Royal Navy does.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Jim Perks

        RANK:
        Commander
        JOINED:
        1984
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Sceptre, HMS Talent, HMS Explorer
        Military experience

        Jim Perks was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1966 and was educated at Wrekin College, Shropshire. He joined the Royal Navy in 1984 as a Writer and was advanced to Leading Writer in 1987. During this time he served in HMS Hermione and HMS Jupiter, serving in the Gulf during the Iran Iraq War.

        He was promoted Midshipman and joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1988 and after initial sea training in HMS Intrepid and HMS Alacrity chose to volunteer for service in Submarines. He completed his Submarine training in HMS Tireless and Navigated HMS Spartan.

        Jim completed Submarine Advanced Warfare Course in 1995 and rejoined HMS Spartan as the Tactics, Sonar and Operations Officer. In 1996 he became the Submarine Advanced Warfare Course Instructor prior to taking Command of the Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit and its training ship HMS Explorer in February 1998.

        Successfully completing Submarine Command Course ‘Perisher’ in 1999, Jim joined HMS Talent as the Executive Officer/Second in Command, and on completion joined Fleet Operations in Northwood in 2002 as the Submarine Special Operations Officer. Jim was selected for promotion to Commander in May 2004 and took Command of the nuclear powered submarine HMS Sceptre in July 2005. During his 3 years in Command he took Sceptre on a 10 month deployment which included visits to Singapore, Australia and South Africa.

        Jim became ‘Teacher’ and took Command of the Submarine Command Course ‘Perisher’ in May 2008 and was awarded the OBE later that year, in recognition of his time in Command of Sceptre. He joined the Naval Staff in the Ministry of Defence 3 years later, as the International Engagements officer responsible for the US, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. Jim became CRNPT in August 13.

        Jim lives with his wife and son in South Leicestershire. His interests include Motorcycling, DIY and armchair Sports.


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