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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


Celebrating the Official launch of the Belfast University Royal Navy Unit

20 April 2022

After many years of planning and advocacy Northern Ireland has never had a University Royal Navy Unit and after years of planning and advocacy it has been launched. Initial work to open the unit was delayed due to COVID but at last the unit was officially launched. 

The event was attending by representatives from the Royal Navy, Employers and the Education sector,  including the principal guest; Director of P & T Rear Admiral Terry who unveiled the dedication plaque. The guests were led on a tour of the Maritime Reserve’s training ship facility (which the URNU use) and observed a Command, Leadership and Management exercise by Belfast Officer Cadets

Also in attendance were Lord Lt for Co Antrim David McCorkell, Lady Mary Peters (Honorary Captain RNR), Honorary Captain RNR Professor Alistair Adair, the Naval Regional Commander Brigadier Muddiman RM, SNONI Cdr Patterson, CO HMS HIBERNIA Cdr Kurt Courtney; Captain RN Neil Downing (Capt Sea Cadets), several members of the Military Education Committee in NI led by the Chair, Honorary Air Cdre Alistair Finlay, and the Chair and CEO of RFCA NI (Col Johnny Rollins, Retired, and Mr George Chesney), Lt Col Mike Potter (Queens OTC) and Squadron Leader Ian Dornan (Ni UAS); 38X Brigade was represented by Col Matt Wills.

The Band of the Royal Marines , Plymouth played in a quintet whilst the guests has afternoon tea and enjoyed an opportunity to meet the OC’s and staff.