Supercession of Command at BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Tuesday 10th September 2019
Supercession of Command at BRNC

Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) has a new man at the helm with Captain (Capt) Roger Readwin relieving Capt Jol Woodard as the Commanding Officer.


Capt Readwin joined the Royal Navy as a warfare officer in 1991.  Ten years later he came back to BRNC as a Junior Officer responsible for guiding Officer Cadets through their initial naval training course.


The 47-year-old now takes charge of the world-renowned Naval College fresh from a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies. 


Capt Readwin said: “To Command Britannia Royal Naval College is an absolute privilege and honour, having previously been both a cadet and a staff officer at this incredible institution.  In all our endeavours as a Naval Service, it is the leadership and quality of our naval officers which remains our asymmetric advantage.  The foundations of leadership, underpinned by the core values of the Naval Service, coached and mentored here at Britannia Royal Naval College, is why Dartmouth is a very special place for any naval officer.  I look forward very much to ensuring this important legacy continues, and in sustaining the strong relationship with the town of Dartmouth over my tenure in Command.”


Born in London, Capt Readwin was educated at Seaford College West Sussex.  After completing his own initial naval training at BRNC, he read for an in-service degree in Maritime Defence, Management and Technology at the former Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon, in Plymouth.


Following his first appointment at sea, on board the Mine Countermeasures Vessel, HMS Berkeley, he specialised as a Mine Warfare, Diving and Explosives Ordnance Disposal Officer in 1998 and subsequently served on board HMS Middleton as the Executive Officer. 


Capt Readwin qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2004 and was appointed as the Operations Officer on board the Type 23 Frigate HMS Monmouth.  He then spent some time serving on the staff of the Commander UK Maritime Forces, which included a deployment to Bahrain. 


Returning to sea, Capt Readwin re-joined HMS Monmouth as the second-in-command for a varied appointment that saw the ship return to the Fleet after a refit and a deployment to the Arabian Gulf on Operation Telic; the codename given for the operations in Iraq.


Capt Readwin was promoted to Commander and took Command of the Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland in 2010.  During his time on board the ship deployed to the Middle East on counter piracy operations and participated in direct support to the NATO led Libyan Campaign.


Other highlights of Capt Readwin’s career include a three-year tour of the US.  He spent the first year on Staff Course at the US Naval War College Rhode Island, followed by two years as the Royal Navy Liaison Officer at the Pentagon.


On his return to the UK, Capt Readwin was appointed in Command of the Fleet Diving Squadron.  He was promoted to his current rank in 2016 and assumed the role of Captain Minewarfare and Patrol Vessels, Diving and Fishery Protection.


Capt Readwin is married to Chrissie and the couple have three children.  A former Royal Navy Rugby player, he represented the Royal Navy team from 1991 to 2003 and won six Inter-Service caps.  He is currently the Chairman of Western Rugby.


After three years at BRNC Capt Woodard is moving on to undertake a year of study at the Royal College of Defence Studies.



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