18 October 2019
CAPTAIN OF HMS DIAMOND INSPIRES
Year 11 and Sixth Form students at The Royal Senior School attended the first Royal Lecture of the academic year on 14 October, delivered by Commander Matthew Marriott and Lieutenant James Uglow of the Royal Navy.
Commander Marriott was born in London and educated at the City of London School, before joining the Royal Navy on a university cadetship in 1997 where he was sponsored to study astrophysics at the University of Durham, eventually becoming a captain of the HMS Diamond, The Royal School’s affiliated ship.
Cameron Marshall, Upper Sixth student, said, “It was particularly interesting to hear about the ways in which the day to day roles in the Navy have changed over recent years. We learnt about all the different positions aboard a Royal Navy ship and how it has all the functions of a small town, from Chaplain to Police Officers. We also heard about the different procedures of force protection and force projection, and the primary roles of the Royal Navy in modern times: providing security at sea, preventing conflict, protecting our economy and helping to maintain international partnerships. They also have a great deal of involvement providing humanitarian aid where needed. We are very grateful to Cdr Marriott and Lt Uglow for coming to speak to us and look forward to continuing our association with this amazing ship and crew.”