Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit Annual Mess Dinner took place on Saturday 25 November at University House, University of Leeds. The Annual Mess Dinner is the highlight of the Yorkshire URNU calendar. It is an opportunity for the unit to thank its guests for their support over the last 12 months. It also acts as a training event for the students as they learn about the formalities of a Naval Mess Dinner.
The guest of honour Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Regional Commander (Northern England), gave a speech reflecting on the opportunities ahead for the Royal Navy with the new Aircraft Carriers, Type 26 Frigates, and Astute & Successor Class submarines. The students gave speeches about their experiences on Easter and Summer Deployment, as well as a speech from a new entry cadet on what life in the URNU has been like so far. All agreed it was an excellent evening and the new Commanding Officer of HMS Explorer Lieutenant Simon Ricketts said “What great students, I look forward to seeing them again on new entry sea weekend at the beginning of December”.
Pictured – Top table (left to right): Mr Alan Dowson, Officer Cadet (OC) Cameron Duffield, Lord Major of Leeds Cllr Jane Dowson, OC Poppy Powell, Cdre Phil Waterhouse, Mid-Shipman James Lockey, Lieutenant Penny Thackray, OC Conor Gallogly.
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