Lukas Bastow Public Relations Officer
Hi! I'm Lukas and I'm SURNU's first Public Relations Officer.
PRO is a Command Team position assigned for the first time this year by Lt. Bateson, with responsibility for anything which involves public relations, such as the Unit's social media accounts, newsletter and this very website! Working with me I have a team of three Deputy PROs, Committee positions which have also been created this year, and between us we replace the Media and Communications Rep of former years.
I am a Naval Architecture student at the University of Southampton and come from a yachting family. You could go so far as to say I was 'bred to the sea,' having first been sailing in the Solent before I could even walk, though of course I wasn't much use back then!
I joined SURNU in September 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. SURNU has given me extraordinary opportunities to pursue my interests, such as making use of my Day Skipper qualification to skipper yachts from the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre in Gosport and taking part in the University Service Units Regatta, as well as rock climbing at HMS Sultan and bouldering at the Arch climbing centre in London, not far from home.
All of this is in addition to the highly rewarding training programme, through which I have been on a two-week deployment to the Channel Islands and Normandy and taken part in numerous shorter trips along the south coast, including Ex Solent Storm 2016 (left).
SURNU is a great experience and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone!