Oxford URNU visits Royal Marines Sniper Wing

Oxford University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) recently paid a visit to the Sniper Wing at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon.

They were joined my members of London URNU and Southampton URNU.

Upon arrival they were met by the head of the Sniper Wing, Captain Andy Miller RM who took the visitors to the Officers' Mess for an introductory chat prior to escorting them over to the outdoor display of sniper rifles and equipment.

The comprehensive briefs that followed from Sergeant Moon, Corporals Wynne and Warren covered their intense training as well as the world class sniper rifles and equipment they use. 

After the students had a chance to handle the weapons and equipment the group were taken over to the Sniper Wing armoury and shown the extensive collection of foreign weaponry, from pistols to rocket launchers, which are used in sniper recognition training.

The visit was a fantastic insight into an amazing capability and the passion of the Royal Marines for their specialist and highly trained role shone through

Lieutenant Will Jones RN, Commanding Officer Oxford URNU

Lieutenant Will Jones RN, Commanding Officer Oxford URNU said, "The visit was a fantastic insight into an amazing capability and the passion of the Royal Marines for their specialist and highly trained role shone through".

2018 is 'The Year of Engineering' in the Royal Navy and Oxford is one of 15 URNUs located across the UK offering opportunities to 750 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities.

The URNU's mission is: "To develop an understanding of the Naval Service in undergraduates, so that those who go into civilian employment are positive advocates thereof and to facilitate a Naval Career for those who choose one."

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