Lt Jonathan Eastburn RN has been appointed to command HMS Ranger. The elder son of Mr and Mrs David Eastburn of Flushing, Jonathan attended Flushing School before moving on to Penair School, Truro and Christ's Hospital School in Sussex. From there he studied at Exeter University from where he graduated in Physics in 2010.

His love of the sea and sailing skills were learnt at an early age sailing aboard his father’s yacht El Animado where he helmed the yacht under supervision.

At the age of seven he settled on his determination to command his own ship.

By the time he joined the Royal Navy in 2011 he had logged up 80,000 miles on various sailing voyages.

His knowledge of the sea, and his expertise with dealing with cross winds and tidal streams, gave him a significant advantage as a navigator while a young officer at Dartmouth, and soon he was being offered advanced courses in Navigation before being deployed as Navigator aboard the mine-hunters HMS Brocklesby, HMS Atherstone and HMS Quorn. This included a seven-month deployment when his ship was based in Bahrain.

HMS Ranger is one of the Royal Navy's fleet of 14 P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft and carries out a wide range of Fleet tasking both in UK waters and abroad. One of her main roles is to provide training to the University of Sussex Royal Naval Unit (URNU) to which she is affiliated. She is based in Portsmouth, but Jonathan looks forward to bringing her into Falmouth which he still regards as his "home port".