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HMS Archer (P264)
HMS Archer (P264) (Gareloch).jpg
HMS Archer at Gare Loch, Scotland
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Archer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Watercraft Marine
Launched: 25 June 1985
Homeport: Rosyth
Identification: Pennant number: P264
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 54 long ton
Length: 20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)
Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Draught: 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Installed power: Rolls Royce/Perkins CV12 diesels, 1,590 bhp
Propulsion: Two shafts
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Range: 550 nautical miles (1,020 km; 630 mi) at 15 knots
Complement: 5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Decca 1216 navigation radar
Armament: None (mounting for 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)

HMS Archer is the lead ship of the Archer class. As the lead ship she was one of several of her class to be completed in 1985 by Watercraft Marine, the original shipbuilders — most of the remaining vessels were completed or built by Vosper Thornycroft.

Until summer 2012, she was attached to the Aberdeen Universities' Royal Naval Unit (URNU) and was based in Aberdeen Harbour. During this period she was the Royal Navy ship with the most northerly home port

Since summer 2012, the ship has been based at Rosyth Dockyard, attached to the Edinburgh URNU.

Early service

The Archer class were built as Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) training vessels, but after limited use they were transferred to URNU service.

URNU service

Archer at Crinan

Archer became the training ship of the Aberdeen URNU in 1991, succeeding Chaser. The role of a training ship within an URNU is to provide opportunities for students to receive practical training and gain experience afloat. Archer's programme is generally divided into two durations of training - a weekend or the longer deployments that take place during the university Easter and summer holidays.

Activities onboard include navigation and seamanship training, breakdown or man overboard exercises and visits from local dignitaries or senior RN officers.

Archer with Example and Explorer

Deployments in the Easter and summer holidays venture further afield, Archer has visited ports from the Western Isles and east coast of Britain to the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the Baltic. These longer deployments are often undertaken in company with other ships such as Example and Explorer.

In summer 2012, the ship was moved to Rosyth Dockyard to serve the newly formed Edinburgh URNU and to increase the presence of the RN in Edinburgh.

Crew composition

Archer is permanently crewed by five RN personnel, and is captained by a lieutenant. Chief petty officers fill the roles of executive officer and marine engineering officer, and the yeoman and weapons engineering officer are junior rates of the appropriate service branches.

With students embarked (up to a maximum of 11), a training officer is usually present who is typically a RNR lieutenant or sub-lieutenant.



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