Ripon Royal Navy sailor a hot shot in Scottish rifle meeting

A ROYAL Navy sailor from Ripon has proved he is a hot-shot during the recent Plymouth and Scotland Area Rifle Association Skill at Arms meeting.

Leading Seaman (LS) Stephen Murphy, aged 42, was the winner of the Service Rifle Championship Cup, competing against 45 other sailors and Royal Marines for the title.

LS Murphy, who attended Ripon County Secondary School (now Ripon College) is currently serving at HMS Raleigh as a seamanship instructor and was the captain of the home team.

He took up competition shooting in 2007 and, following his success at this competition, he has now been selected to represent the Royal Navy at the forthcoming Inter Services and National Rifle Association meeting at Bisley.

“I was really surprised to win a trophy,” he said. “I was only looking for a good result for the team, who performed brilliantly despite the fact that we had only been put together 48 hours before the event.”

LS Murphy has been in the Royal Navy for 15 years and now lives in Plymouth, with his wife, Kaatia, who also serves in the Navy. His parents, Jeannette and Michael Murphy, still live in Ripon.