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HMS Archer is the first of the Archer P2000 class 20m Fast Patrol Boats built by Watercraft in 1985. She became the East Scotland Universities’ Royal Navy Unit (URNU) training vessel in July 2012. Edinburgh URNU is the newest of the 14 URNUs that were first formed in 1967.
During term time, Archer can generally be found on the east Coast of Scotland with students embarked on sea training weekends, allowing them to practise the navigation they have been taught in the classroom.
In addition to this she spends three weeks at Easter in the Western Isles and seven weeks in the summer deployed to Europe and the UK in company with the other URNU training vessels.
The undergraduates who train in HMS Archer are members of the Edinburgh Universities Royal Naval Unit based at East Claremont Street in Edinburgh city.
The syllabus is based primarily around leadership, navigation and seamanship, and also provides opportunities for travel, both around the UK and overseas, and for personal development.
The unit meets formally every Wednesday at 1900 during term time. These drill nights include theoretical instruction, practical chartwork and an insight into Naval and military activities. Sport and Adventurous Training also play an important role in developing teamwork and leadership within the unit.
In addition each student will normally attend three sea-training weekends and a ten day deployment over the Easter or Summer holidays. Upon a successful first year of training, members are awarded the honorary rank of Midshipmen.
The Edinburgh URNU recruits new entry undergraduates at the beginning of each academic year, however, we will always consider applicants at other times. Should you be interested in joining us, or for more information, please contact us at:
Edinburgh Universities Royal Naval Unit
Hepburn House, 89 East Claremont Street
Edinburgh EH7 4HU
Tel: 0131 310 3835
- PREVIOUS UNITS:
- HMS Campbeltown, Illustrious, Hurworth, Severn, Clyde, Dragon.
Lieutenant James Martin joined the Royal Navy in January 2004, attending Britannia Royal Naval College and including a period in Campbeltown during the final stages of Her deployment to the Mediterranean.
He completed his Fleet time training in Illustrious, on exercise and operations east of Suez, and in Hurworth both on Fishery Protection duties and mine hunting operations in support of the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review.
His first complement appointment was as an Officer of the Watch in Nottingham, deploying to the Mediterranean and the South Atlantic.
Subsequently, he served as the Operations Officer and Watch Navigator on HMS Severn, on UK Fishery Protection duties, and in the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel, HMS Clyde.
In 2010 he joined HMS Dragon as Her first Navigator whilst She was in build, completing contractor sea trials and bringing Her into the Service.
He was appointed Commanding Officer of HMS Archer and Officer-in-Charge of East Scotland Universities’ Royal Navy Unit in April 2012.
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