The King’s Royal Hussars
The King’s Royal Hussars is the successor regiment to the 10th., 11th. and 14th.
Light Dragoons, the formation of which was approved by King George I in July
1715 as part of an army tasked to counter the Jacobite rebellion. Known as the
light cavalry, later the Light Brigade, they were subsequently amalgamated with
the 11th. Hussars.
In July 2011, the KRH trooped its Guidon through Hamble and
beat retreat at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the precursor to a unique
Twinning arrangement, engendered by the strong historical connection that they
shared in the flamboyant figure of the late Lt.Gen. James Brudenell, 7th. Earl
of Cardigan. He commanded the 11th. from 1840-1854 and was concurrently
Commodore of the Club from 1847-1868. His Lordship is reputed to have flown the
colours of the Club on his yacht Dryad, moored in Balaclava Harbour for the
duration of the Crimean War, where he famously commanded the Light Brigade and
led it’s famous “Charge”.
This Twinning Arrangement seeks to establish and
maintain, in perpetuity, friendly relations between Club and Regiment and,
through that friendship, promote sailing, social, educational and youth
exchanges, and share a supportive interest in each other’s activities as
Most recently, in April 2015 a KRH crew sailed alongside the Royal
Southern in Antigua Sailing Week and in July 2015, Members of the Club attended
the Regiment’s Tercentenary Parade at their Tidworth garrison, commanded by
Lt.Col. Justin Kingsford.
HMS Blazer is a commissioned warship in the Royal Navy and is the seventh ship
to carry the name. One of fourteen Archers Class P2000 patrol vessels and part
of the 1st. Patrol Boat Squadron, she was laid up in GRP at Watercraft Marine in
Shoreham and having been completed by Vosper Thornycroft, went down the ways in
1998 and entered service with the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) in 1990. At
20 metres LOA, she tips the scales at 50 tonnes, is powered by twin Rolls Royce
turbo-diesels and operates with a permanent crew of five.
She is primarily
dedicated to URNU training, the objective being to provide high quality sea
training experiences to university undergraduates, developing seamanship,
teambuilding and leadership skills. Wider tasking includes officer cadet
training with the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, VVIP visits and
security patrols and with a modest 1.8 metre draft, often shows the White Ensign
in places that larger vessels cannot reach.
Blazer is the URNU at Southampton
Solent University, Portsmouth University and Southampton Institute, is currently
undergoing a major refit and after her re-commissioning, it is hoped to welcome
her and her crew to the Yacht Haven under her current Commanding Officer, Lt.
Nick Palmer RN, and his successors.