HMS Blazer is a commissioned warship in the Royal Navy. She is an Archer Class P2000 patrol vessel and part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS). Blazer is primarily dedicated to URNU training but also supports fleet tasking with roles including training Warfare Officers, security and maritime patrols, as well as promoting the Royal Navy in areas that larger warships cannot reach. Built by Watercraft Marine in 1985, she entered service with Southampton University Royal Naval Unit in 1990 after serving with the RNR 10th MCM Squadron.
The present ship is the 7th in the Royal Navy to carry the name. The first, a wooden gunboat, was named by the 2nd Earl Spencer, George John, First Lord of the Admiralty, and launched in 1797. He named it after a dog in his foxhound pack, 'The Pytchley Hunt'! In the 1800s a further 5 ships, both wooden and steam powered gun boats, carried the name winning battle honours in 1814 and 1855, the last being sold in 1919.
Lt Joe Currin
Lieutenant Joe Currin joined the Royal Navy in April 2010, after graduating from Newcastle University. Following Initial Officer Training at Britannia Royal Naval College he joined HMS SHOREHAM where he conducted his Specialist Fleet Time navigating amongst the Western Isles. He achieved his Navigational Watchkeeping Certificate in mid 2012 before sub specialising as a Fighter Controller.
In early 2013 Lt Currin deployed on Operation COUGAR on board HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, this included time operating in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Gulf. Whilst deployed he primarily worked in the Air Operations Department, but also spent a period as the ship’s COMUKTG Liaison Officer. During Exercise ALBANIAN LION Lt Currin spent some time working from Albania where he was responsible for directing and coordinating the Maritime Opposition Force. Following typhoon Haiyan in late 2013 ILLUSTRIOUS was re-tasked to conduct Operation PATWIN, a Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operation in the Philippines. During this operation Lt Currin was selected to embark on the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Ship ISE as the Royal Navy Liaison Officer. This rare opportunity provided significant assistance to the British Embassy in Tokyo and is a highlight of Lt Currin’s career.
Upon returning to the UK Lt Currin was assigned to HMS DAUNTLESS as Fighter Controller 1. After training in UK waters DAUNTLESS deployed for Operation KIPION in the Arabian Gulf. In this assignment Lt Currin worked closely with USS CARL VINSON controlling a variety of aircraft and holding the duty of Sector Air Defence Commander.
After leaving DAUNTLESS he completed a number of career courses before assuming Command of HMS BLAZER in December 2015. Lt Currin lives in Southampton, he spends his spare time kitesurfing on the Solent and also enjoys sailing and skiing whenever possible.