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        HMS Example

        HMS Example is tendered to the Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). The ship's main role is to provide Navigation, Seamanship and general Naval Training. The unit is based at HMS Calliope, a Royal Naval Reserve Base adjacent to the Tyne Bridge on Gateshead Quayside.

        HMS Example

        The NURNU provides a three-year package of training and activities 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. 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. 

        Officer Cadets and Midshipman are paid for their attendance and have many opportunities to take part in sporting events and have access to the wide range of adventurous training activities ranging from flying and parachuting to offshore sailing and skiing.  In addition there is a vibrant, friendly social scene within the unit.

        Would you like to become a member of Northumbrian URNU?

        Please contact the Coxswain on 0191 4775584. We look forward to meeting you!

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Lewis Bell

        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2004
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Scott, HMS Clyde, HMS Mersey
        Military experience

        Born and educated in Plymouth, Lewis joined BRNC as a NCE in February 2004. His fleet time was spent in Ocean, Gloucester and Monmouth completing OST in each unit, as well as a memorable participation in the Fleet Review and Trafalgar 200 celebrations

        Lewis’ first complement appointment was in Mersey, as a Gunnery and Boarding Officer within the Fishery Patrol Squadron (FPS). This also included a six month operational tour of the Falkland Islands in HMS Clyde. Tasking involved patrolling the islands and settlements, as well as a memorable trip through the Patagonian Canals, before visiting Chile.

        In 2009 he sub-specialised as a Hydrographic and Meteorological (HM) Officer achieving a Bachelors Degree in Hydrographic and Marine Science before joining Scott. This appointment saw two landmark deployments to the Antarctic Peninsula carrying out survey work in support of the SOLAS agreement and the Antarctic Treaty.

        In July 2011 he then began to further specialise as a Navigating Officer before completing both PNO and FNO course before joining ECHO as her Navigator. Lewis executed deployments East of Suez, the coast of Somalia and high profile visits to Israel and Libya before returning back to the UK to complete OST and Joint Warrior.

        After successful completion of his CQ1 assessment in June 2013 and deployment into the OP KIPPION Joint Operating Area, he received the great news of selection for his first command.

        Lewis continues to live in Plymouth enjoying an active and busy social life and his own personal sports program of running, using the gym, and cycling.


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        MISSION SUMMARY

        To provide high-quality sea training experiences to undergraduates from universities, developing seamanship, teambuilding and leadership skills in a maritime environment. These ships also support the Fleet in a range of tasking around the UK and European waters, showing the White Ensign in places that larger vessels cannot reach.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        P165

        Displacement

        54tonnes

        Complement

        5personnel

        Length

        20.8Metres

        Beam

        5.8metres

        Draught

        1.8metres

        Top Speed

        22knots

        Range (Nautical)

        550nautical miles

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        HMS Example HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Example
        • Ship History

          HMS Example is the first ship to bear the name in the Royal Navy. Originally constructed as the lead ship of the Example class (a build run of the Archer class including Express, Explorer and Exploit), the design was an offshoot of the Archer class 40kt Coast Guard vessels built for Oman in the late 1970s and was superseded by the improved Archer class launched in the late 90s.

        • Ship History

          Built by Watercraft Ltd (Shoreham by Sea) and launched in 1985, HMS Example was designated an Auxiliary Service Vessel (A153) and used by the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service (RNXS) until the service was disbanded on 31 Mar 94. HMS Example was commissioned into the Royal Navy later that year with Mrs J P Barker as her Sponsor and in the presence of Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was re-designated P165 and transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit.

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