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        HMS Exploit

        HMS Exploit

        HMS Exploit is the Birmingham University Royal Navy Unit's Training Patrol vessel, although the unit covers a wide area, taking undergraduates from eight Universities in the region including Loughborough and Warwick. Built by Vosper Thornycroft and commissioned as HMS Exploit in 1988, the ship is berthed in Penarth, near Cardiff.

        actis inclitis - With Illustrious Deeds

        Ship's Motto
        HMS Exploit

        HMS Exploit and her Ship's Company introduce students to the traditions and role of the Royal Navy and provide training in the seamanship and navigation skills required to take the ship to sea for weekends and deployments to regional ports around the UK and abroad throughout the year.

        In addition to the shore training syllabus the Midshipmen students can make use of all the opportunities that the Services provide, including adventurous training, acquaint visits to ship, submarines and Naval Air Squadrons.

        The Unit meets every Thursday evening at HMS Forward, Birmingham's Royal Naval Reserve Training Centre where subjects such as navigation, seamanship and leadership are covered. Regular visiting lecturers provide insights into life in the UK Armed Forces.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Simon Shaw

        Simon Shaw
        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Brocklesby, HMS Bulwark, HMS Albion
        Military experience

        Si Shaw was born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, South Cumbria. He studied History at Lancaster University gaining a 2:1, and was fortunate to be sponsored by the Royal Navy with membership of Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit.

        Joining Britannia Royal Naval College as a Logistics Officer, he served in the Type 22 frigate Cumberland and on exchange with the German Navy in Gorch Fock for his initial sea training. Passing out as the top Logistics Officer in his entry, Fleet Training was conducted in Type 22 frigates; Campbeltown for an Gulf deployment and Sheffield as part of NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

        Returning to the UK for Fleetboard and professional training, he joined the Type 23 frigate Richmond as Captain’s Secretary before moving to the Outer Office of the Chief of Staff Second Sea Lord as an Executive Assistant.

        Selected for transfer to the Warfare Branch, Simon joined the Hunt Class Minehunter Middleton engaged in Fishery Protection Duties in UK waters. A busy training appointment to Cumberland followed, which included a 5 month West Indies deployment, the highlight a major drugs bust off Venezuela.

        After Junior Warfare Officer’s Course in 2006 and a brief exchange to the Merchant Navy, his first appointment was to the Falkland Island’s Patrol Vessel Dumbarton Castle, visiting South America and South Georgia.

        Upon returning to the UK he joined the Hunt Class Minehunter Chiddingfold, taking her from refit through trials and sea training to a demanding operational tour in the Gulf.

        As the Task Group Navigator, he was involved in the planning and execution of the joint UK/US Operation Tecate to remove the mine threat and historic ordnance from the Khawr Ab Allah waterway in the vicinity of Umm Qasr, Iraq. A brief assignment to Brocklesby as the Navigator in Home Waters preceded Fleet Navigators Course.

        A break from the sea as an aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet in Navy Command HQ, saw him exposed to a busy headquarters. Attendance on Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College followed, before joining Bulwark as the Second Navigator which included Ex Cold Response in Northern Norway.

        Taking Bulwark into refit, he joined her sister ship Albion for a high tempo two year appointment including a carrier strike/amphibious deployment to the USA, rescuing stranded holiday makers from Santander during the Ash Cloud crisis, FOST covered sea training, strike operations off Libya and the ship’s first deployment to the Middle East.

        Simon assumed command of Exploit and Birmingham University Royal Navy Unit in April 2012 alongside Amsterdam. Since then he has led the ship through Operation Olympics, four deployments from as far west as Waterford to Lithuania in the East, visiting 11 countries, and commanded the sister ship Explorer during a successful Baltic deployment including participation at the annual Kiel Week Regatta in 2013.

        Simon lives in rural Shropshire with his wife Sarah, a hydrogeologist and when time allows is a keen runner and fell walker.


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        27 March 2014

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        12 February 2014

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        30 January 2014

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        OPERATIONS

        Operation Olympics

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Operation Olympics is the codename for the massive military effort to provide security and assistance to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Some 2,600 sailors, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm and RFA personnel are involved from flag raisers at medal ceremonies to venue security, floating command centres, eyes in the sky and helicopters and boats on patrol safeguarding venues.

        University Training

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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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

        P167

        Displacement

        54tonnes

        Complement

        5personnel

        Length

        20.8Metres

        Beam

        5.8metres

        Draught

        1.8metres

        Top Speed

        15knots

        Range (Nautical)

        550nautical miles

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          The only previous HMS Exploit was a Catherine-class minesweeper which was laid down for the Royal Navy in November 1942 but retained by the US Navy as the Vigilance.

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