If you are an Alumnus of Oxford URNU, or former Ship's Company of HMS LOYAL CHANCELLOR, HMS Tracker or HMS Smiter then we would like to hear from you!
On Saturday 8th May 2010, Oxford URNU hosted its first alumni event since 2005. The dinner, held at Falklands House, also marked the 15th anniversary of OURNU. About 50 alumni attended the event, from CPO (Rtd) Keith Barrett, the first ever coxswain of OURNU, through to recent leavers. A number of current students also attended and were able to bring the guests up to date on the current goings-on of Oxford URNU and HMS Tracker. The evening offered the chance for alumni to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their time in the URNU and on board HMS Loyal Chancellor, HMS Tracker or HMS Smiter.
Old line books and photos were dug out and showcased the last 15 years of OURNU, bring back many good memories of times with the unit, and a photographer was present to capture new ones. The CO at the time, Lt Conor O’Neill RN, himself a former UCE at Oxford URNU gave a toast to the alumni, with Neil Hamilton (1998 – 2001) giving the reply. In true URNU style, following the dinner, guests were invited to retire to the bar, before the commencement of mess games!
The evening was a wonderful opportunity for recent leavers and current students, to chat to a wide range of alumni, and compare our experiences, as well as finding out what they have gone on to do since and how their time in the URNU may have influenced this. The event was a great success and I would like to extend a big thank you to all the alumni who attended, and we hope that they enjoyed it. Hopefully next time we will be able to improve on it and get even more alumni to join us. Please pass on the message to anyone from the unit you are still in contact with, to help us achieve this aim!