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        HMS Charger

        HMS Charger

        Tendered to the Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) since 1990, HMS Charger is based at Brunswick Dock on the site of the new Royal Naval Headquarters, Merseyside. The sixth ship to be named HMS Charger, she was built originally by Watercraft Limited, Shoreham, but completed and fitted out Vosper Thornycroft, being commissioned in June 1988. She has a displacement of 49 tonnes, a length of 68ft and a beam of 19ft.

        HMS Charger

        After service with the Severn Division RNR at Bristol, she was transferred in October 1990 to the Liverpool URNU, which was formed in October 1971 and is now located within Royal Naval Headquarters (RNHQ) Merseyside. Here the students receive instruction on seamanship, navigation management and leadership.

        The unit meets formally every Thursday evening at 1930, such 'drill nights' involving theoretical instruction and practical chart work. Sport and practical teamwork include football, bowling, skiing and many other sporting and adventurous training activities.

        Each student will normally attend three training weekends and one two-week deployment over the Spring and Summer holidays.

        HMS Charger provides the practical navigation and seamanship training at sea. Recruitment to the unit takes place annually in early October from the universities in Liverpool and also from Lancaster University.

        Further information is available from:

        Commanding Officer
        Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit
        RN Headquarters Merseyside
        East Brunswick Dock
        Sefton Street
        L3 4DZ

        Tel: 0151 707 3438
        Fax: 0151 707 3397

        Email: HMS Charger 


        Ian Critchley

        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS Tireless, HMS Trenchant, HMS Trafalgar
        Military experience

        Born in Southport in 1984, Ian was educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall before joining BRNC Dartmouth in Sep 02. After passing out from the college in Aug 03 he then spent his Common and Specialist Fleet time in HMS Glasgow, HMS Ramsey and HMS Quorn which involved West Africa, Baltic and Fishery Protection deployments. Passing Junior Warfare Officers Course in May 05, he spent four months appointed to the Trafalgar 200 Project, working on the arrangements for the International Fleet Review and Festival of the Sea.

        Having completed the surface phase of initial training, Ian joined the Royal Navy Submarine School (RNSMS) in HMS Raleigh and completed basic submarine training in Dec 05. Having joined his first submarine, HMS Trenchant, in Jan 06 he was immediately loaned to HMS Trafalgar to complete his Basic Submarine Qualification during a 6 month West and South Atlantic Deployment. Returning to HMS Trenchant in Aug 06 he took on the role of Casing Officer during a busy and challenging running period consisting of Operational Sea training, West Atlantic and Mediterranean Deployments. After leaving the Submarine in Nov 07, he completed both Fleet Navigating Officers Course and Intermediate Warfare Course (SM), rejoining HMS Trenchant as Navigating Officer in May 08. During his time as Navigator he was involved in North Atlantic Operations and two challenging East of Suez deployments.

        Having left HMS Trenchant in Dec 09, Ian joined Fleet Operations to work as a Duty Submarine Controller for the UK Submarine Operating Authority (CTF 311), a year which served to broaden his experience of the wider RN organisation in preparation for future roles within the Submarine Service. In Jan 11 he left CTF 311 and returned to RNSMS for the newly titled PWO(SM) course. After successful completion of the course he joined HMS Tireless as the Tactics and Sonar Officer and undertook a challenging period of North Atlantic Operations and UK running including Submarine Command Course. After leaving HMS Tireless in Sep 12, Ian took command of HMS Charger and Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit 2 months later.

        Despite being born in Southport, Ian spent most of his childhood just North of Birmingham in Sutton Coldfield, where his family and fiancée still live. In his spare time he enjoys surfing in Cornwall and has recently taken up road cycling and mountain biking. He also enjoys foreign travel, especially to warm topical surfing destinations.




        Leadership training weekend for Liverpool URNU students
        Leadership training weekend for Liverpool URNU students
        16 April 2014

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        HMS Charger and Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit – Annual Christmas Review
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        HMS Charger travels to Preston for Remembrance Sunday
        HMS Charger travels to Preston for Remembrance Sunday
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        To provide high-quality sea training experiences to undergraduates from universities, developing seamanship, teambuilding and leadership skills in a maritime environment. These ships also support the Fleet in a range of tasking around the UK and European waters, showing the White Ensign in places that larger vessels cannot reach.















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        HMS Charger HISTORY

        • The First HMS Charger

          The first HMS Charger was a gun-brig, built by Dudman on the Thames and launched at Deptford on 17 April 1801. She was 179 tons and carried a crew of 50. Her weapons consisted of one 8-in mortar, ten 18-pdr carronades and two 18-pdr guns. She was sold in June 1814.

        • The Second HMS Charger

          The second was an old 733-ton wooden paddle packet, bought in August 1830 as the Courier. The following year she was renamed Hermes, and in 1835 she was renamed Charger, later becoming a coal hulk at Woolwich; she was broken up in June 1854.

        • The Third HMS Charger

          The next Charger was a two-gun screw gunboat, launched in 1855. Charger saw service as a buoy boat off Nova Scotia, Halifax, but was sold in the summer of 1887, renamed Rescue, and finally broken up in 1921.

        • The Fourth HMS Charger

          The fourth Charger was a 290-ton destroyer built by Yarrow at Poplar, and launched on 15 May 1894. This Charger was 290 tons. She was sold in May 1912 for £1600 and broken up.

        • Battle History

          During World War II there were two ships to be built with the name Charger but never sailing under that name. The first was an escort carrier launched in the United States on 1 March 1941 for the Royal Navy, but retained by the Americans as USS Charger. The second was another escort carrier, launched at Seattle on 16 July 1942 but renamed Ravager before she hit the water.

        • The Fifth Charger

          LST 3026 was launched at Blyth on 30 October 1944 and renamed Charger in 1947. This fifth Charger became the Ministry of Transport ship Empire Nordic in 1956, and was broken up in Bilbao in October 1968.

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