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        Puncher

        HMS Puncher

        HMS Puncher provides a sea based training platform for the students of the University of London Royal Naval Unit. Whilst at sea, students are able to put into practice navigation and seamanship skills they have learnt in the classrooms.

        HMS Puncher

        These may include chart planning, acting as Officer of the Watch, using the ship's radar and carrying out seamanship evolutions from anchoring to securing alongside.

        Instruction is provided in engineering, firefighting, damage control and ship handling.

        Weekend training at sea is usually limited to visiting UK coastal ports but the Easter and Summer deployments have included visits to France, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Ireland. Additional sea training is also provided to the Combined Cadet Forces and Sea Cadet Corps members.

        Puncher also provides a navigational training platform for young officers in the Fleet and Royal Marines preparing to navigate landing craft.

        Outside of the training role, the ship takes part in high profile PR events around the country as she is able to get into smaller ports not visited by larger platforms

        London University Royal navy Unit can be contacted on:

        navytrgbrnc-urnulondon-sec@mod.uk
        02074817344

        HMS Puncher and London University Royal Naval Unit are proud to have the following affiliations:

        HMS Westminster

        702 Naval Air Squadron

        HMS Talent

        Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council

        Worshipful Company of Bakers

        Seafarers UK

        Little Ship Club

        Town of Eastbourne

        Eastbourne Sea Cadet Corps

        Eastbourne Lifeboat

        Royal Navy Old Comrades Club Eastbourne

         

         

         

         

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Chris Stevens

        Chris Stevens
        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2004
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Westminster, HMS Clyde
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Chris Stevens was born in Weymouth, Dorset and educated at Budmouth Technology College.

        He joined the Royal Navy in 2004 as a Naval College Entry. On completion of initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College, he underwent common fleet training in HMS Liverpool conducting deployment preparations at Flag Officer Sea Training.

        He then carried out his specialist fleet time in HMS St Albans in the Middle East on OP Telic. During this deployment he was involved in the evacuation of 240 entitled personnel from Lebanon during the crisis in 2006.

        In May 2007, after completing professional training at HMS Collingwood he took up his first compliment appointment as the Gunnery Officer of HMS Mersey. As part of the Fishery Protection Squadron, Chris qualified as a British Sea Fisheries Officer enforcing UK and EU legislation throughout UK waters.

        In 2008 he was assigned as Gunnery Officer and Correspondence Officer of HMS Clyde. Whilst based in the Falkland Islands supporting British interests, he also had the opportunity to visit South Georgia.

        In late 2009 he was appointed to HMS Westminster as the Senior Officer of the Watch. He joined the ship at the conclusion of refit, and remained onboard throughout her work up. Having successfully completed Fleet Navigating Officer Course in November 2010, he assumed the role of Navigator Officer in February 2011. Two days later the ship was ordered to sail to the Mediterranean in support of OP Ellamy and Defrence off the coast of Libya.

        In 2012 the ship deployed on OP Kipion, conducted counter-piracy operations and as well as broader Middle East assurance. Chris assumed Command of HMS Puncher and London URNU in March 2013.

        Chris lives with his girlfriend in south Dorset. He enjoys time with his friends and family, good food and most motorsports, particularly.


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        15 April 2014

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        31 March 2014

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        The Great London URNU bake-off
        21 March 2014

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        London URNU takes to the skies
        18 November 2013

        In early November members of London University Royal Naval Unit...

        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

        P291

        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 Puncher HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Puncher
        • Ship History

          The current HMS Puncher is the third ship of this name to have served with the Royal Navy. The first was a Smiter-class escort carrier built by Todd Pacific, Seattle, and commissioned in 1944. It was the last escort carrier to be manned by the Royal Canadian Navy. Fully loaded, it displaced 14,170 tons, was 494ft in length with 12 Avenger torpedo bombers, four Wildcat fighters and a complement of 1,000. The ship saw action giving it its Battle Honour in the 1944 Battle of the Atlantic.

        • Battle History

          Joining the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow in February 1945, it provided fighter cover for minelaying and minesweeping sorties as well as being an important part of air attacks on shipping off the Norwegian coast and an attack on the U-boat depot in Norway. It had a post-war role providing deck landing training and troop transport until the end of her career in January 1946.

        • The Second HMS Puncher

          The second ship to bear the name Puncher was a landing ship commissioned in 1947. With a 2,256 ton displacement it was armed with ten x 20mm guns and was sold out of the service in 1960.

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