HMS Smiter (P272)
HMS Smiter on the River Clyde flanked by two Rigid Raiders from the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.
|Completed:||22 January 1986|
|Commissioned:||4 September 1986|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Archer class patrol vessel|
|Length:||20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||5.8 m (19 ft)|
|Draught:||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Range:||550 nautical miles (1,020 km; 630 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Complement:||5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU) or 12 (RN)|
|Decca 1216 navigation radar|
|Armament:||3 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG (Cyprus Sqn.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)|
On being accepted into service, she initially served with the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Reserve until 11 October 1990. She then transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities. She replaced HMS Tracker in this role, which had been called into service to the Royal Navy Cyprus Squadron during the Gulf War.
The Oxford University Royal Naval Unit is one of 14 URNUs supporting the countries' leading Universities in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation's Mission is to "educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates who show potential as society's future leaders and opinion formers in order to better inform them of the need for and role of the Royal Navy, and to develop awareness of career opportunities in the Service."
Students from the URNU get the chance to deploy on sea weekends or sea days aboard the ship, where they learn how to handle and navigate the vessel under the instruction of the permanent RN crew of five. The ship also goes on twice yearly deployments, at Easter and in the summer.
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- HMS Smiter page at Royal Navy website
- URNU homepage Royal Navy Website
- HMS Smiter in Dover Harbour March 2013
The motto of HMS Smiter is 'strike hard and often'.
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