The visit was a fascinating insight into the submariner world

Lieutenant Will Jones RN, Commanding Officer of the Oxford URNU

Tom is somewhat of a celebrity in the submarine world and has forgotten more than most even know, yet it was his humility, charm and great Glaswegian wit that made the tour something for the OCdts to truly remember.

OCdt Ben Roberts said “After visiting all areas of the NATO Submarine Rescue System, the OCdts left the facility with a library of incredible stories but most importantly a real sense of respect for what the operators of this incredible system do for all submariners across the world.”

Lieutenant Will Jones RN, Commanding Officer of the Oxford URNU said, “The visit was a fascinating insight into the submariner world and the amount of intricate co-ordination of manpower and equipment required to mount a rescue operation is extremely impressive”.

Oxford is one of 15 URNUs located across the UK offering opportunities to 750 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities.

The URNU aims to broaden understanding of the Royal Navy among university students. It offers students who show leadership potential the chance to develop these skills through maritime experience and exposure to the Royal Navy’s values and ethos.

The URNU is a chance to experience military life without commitment and gain new skills applicable to all walks of life.