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        HMS Express

        HMS Express

        HMS Express is a P2000 Fast Patrol Boat, based at Penarth Marina in Cardiff Bay. The ship provides sea training and an insight into the modern Royal Navy for Wales URNU undergraduates drawn from Cardiff, Swansea and Glamorgan Universities and University of Wales Institute Cardiff. The URNU is based at HMS Cambria, a Royal Navy Reserve establishment near Cardiff.

        HMS Express

        During term time the ship spends weekends at sea, visiting ports in the Bristol Channel. Over Easter and Summer Express deploys further afield to European ports.

        Other adventurous training activities have, over the past year, included the Three Peaks Challenge, skiing, scuba diving, hill walking, parachuting, flying, mountaineering, caving, abseiling and skid car driving. An active social programme includes formal events like the annual mess dinner and receptions.

        Wales URNU recruits predominantly at Freshers’ Fais across South Wales, for further information please contact the unit at urnu-wales-co@mod.uk, or at the address below;

        Wales URNU
        C/O HMS Cambria
        Hayes Point, Sully
        South Glamorgan
        CF64 5XU

        01446744044

        Or visit our unit website at www.wurnu.co.uk.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Ben Power

        Benjamin Powers
        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2002
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Shoreham, Edinburgh, Daring, Mersey
        Military experience

        Born in 1983, Ben Power joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 2002. Basic and specialist training occurred onboard a variety of platforms, which resulted in his first assignment as Gunnery Officer in HMS Shoreham in 2005.

        Commencing a career in Air Defence, Power sub-specialised as a Fighter Controller and joined HMS Edinburgh’s warfare team in early 2007. A busy 18 months followed including OST and deployment to the Middle and Far East conducting counter narcotics, anti-piracy and FPDA operations.

        Returning to the UK in August 2008, Power joined HMS Daring’s inaugural crew for a short tour that saw extensive involvement in the initial AAW trials along with preparations for the first Type 45 OST. For his efforts he received the NDA award for 2009. Subsequently, Power joined the School of Fighter Control for an extremely rewarding assignment teaching tactical aircraft employment and Battle Space Management before commencing a flying exchange with the RAF onboard the E3-D Sentry AWACS.

        Awarded the Mattyear trophy for top student, Power graduated from 54 (R) Sqn (E3D OCU) in early 2010 and joined No 8 Sqn at RAF Waddington shortly thereafter. The following 18 months were spent outside of the UK participating in multi-national exercises in Europe and North America and flying combat missions in support of Operations Deference, Odyssey Dawn, Unified Protector, and Ellamy, including supporting the evacuation of UK nationals from Libya, enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and maintaining a continuous NATO AWACS orbit.

        Deploying to Afghanistan with the USMC, Power spent the latter half of 2011 in Helmand Province working as a Tactical Air Controller with the USMC’s 2D Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Herrick. Receiving a US Certificate of Commendation, Power was responsible for de-conflicting and routing over 25000 aircraft within southern Afghanistan and co-ordinating multiple Joint Fires in support of UK, US and ISAF units. Upon returning from Afghanistan Power joined HMS Mersey for a short, yet very enjoyable, assignment conducting fishery protection.

        Lt Power assumed command of HMS Express and Wales URNU in April 2012.


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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

        P163

        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 Express HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Express
        • The First HMS Express

          The current HMS Express is the ninth vessel to carry the name. Number one was a six-gun advice boat, built in Portsmouth Dockyard in 1695, and sold at the start of 1712.

        • The Second HMS Express

          The second a six-gun schooner launched at Rotherhithe in 1800 and sold in 1813.

        • The Third HMS Express

          The third, another advice boat bought from the Americans in 1808, which had a notable role in the Battle of Martinique of 1809.

        • The Fourth HMS Express

          Number four was a 12-gun schooner built at Plymouth Dockyard in 1815 and sold in Malta 12 years later.

        • The Fifth HMS Express

          The fifth Express was a little larger – a six-gun packet brig of 360 tons launched at Deptford on 8 October 1835 and sold in early 1862.

        • The Sixth HMS Express

          Next came a 455-ton screw gunboat, launched at Doxford on 16 July 1874 and sold 15 years later, followed by a 500-ton destroyer from Laird, launched on 11 December 1897 and sold in March 1921.

        • The Eighth Express

          The eighth Express was a 1,375-ton E-class destroyer, launched by Swan Hunter on 29 May 1934.

        • Battle History

          She served at Dunkirk and in the far East, then transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in mid-1943 as HMCS Gatineau, continuing to play an active role in the war, and was sunk as a breakwater in the mid-1950s.

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