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HMS Dasher

HMS Dasher

HMS Dasher is a P2000 class coastal training vessel of the First Patrol Boat Squadron operated by the Royal Navy. Her primary tasking is in support of Bristol University Royal Naval Unit, providing the opportunity for students to spend time at sea, both on sea weekends, and longer deployments during university breaks.

HMS Dasher

Time at sea for the students is spent putting into practice what they have learnt during lectures at the unit’s headquarters. This includes a wide range of seamanship and navigation skills, allowing them to practice pilotages into and out of various ports, helming the ship, completing chart work and more.

Other tasking that Dasher undertakes includes working with youth groups and cadets, engagement with the local community, and supporting Royal Navy (such as Thursday War) and training.

COMMANDING OFFICER

Roger Skelley

Roger Skelley
RANK:
Lieutenant
JOINED:
2005
SPECIALISATION:
Warfare
PREVIOUS UNITS:
HMS Argyll, Shoreham, Pembroke, Penzance, Monmouth
Military experience

Born on the Isle of Wight, Roger Skelley read Marine Navigation at Plymouth University before joining the Royal Navy in 2005. On completion of training at Britannia Royal Naval College and a further year of training at sea he joined Mine Counter Measure Squadron 1 Crew 5 in HMS Penzance, a Sandown Class Mine Hunter as the Navigating Officer.

After completing Operational Sea Training he deployed to the Gulf in HMS Pembroke which included navigating to Um Qasar, Iraq and other Operations in the Northern Gulf. Returning to the UK the crew transferred to HMS Shoreham in 2009 for a year of UK commitments which included weapon trials, navigation training and shakedown.

Joining the Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll in 2010 as the Signals and Communications Officer he helped bring her out of refit before an intensive period of trials, exercises and sea training as well as a short spell away from the Ship to complete Fleet Navigating Officer’s Course. HMS Argyll deployed to the Gulf in 2011 as part of Operation Kipion for a period maritime security operations including several periods of Coalition exercises.

On returning to the UK in early 2012 he assumed duties as Navigating Officer of HMS Argyll for a period of further sea training before deploying to the South Atlantic. The challenging South Atlantic deployment included navigating through ice off South Georgia, rounding the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn and transiting the Panama Canal.

On returning to the UK he took command of HMS DASHER and Bristol University Royal Naval unit in November 2013.


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OPERATIONS

University Training

CURRENT STATUS: active
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MISSION SUMMARY

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.

ABOUT THE UNIT

KEY STATISTICS


Pennant

P280

Displacement

54tonnes

Complement

5personnel

Length

20.8Metres

Beam

5.8metres

Draught

1.9metres

Top Speed

14knots

Range (Nautical)

300miles

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UNITS IN TIME


HMS Dasher HISTORY

TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Dasher
  • The First HMS Dasher

    The first was an 18-gun sloop of 1797 which became a convict hulk in 1832 and was broken up in March 1838.

  • Second HMS Dasher

    The Second HMS Dasher came a wooden paddle packet of 357 tons, launched at Chatham Dockyard on 5 December 1837 and sold in 1885.

  • The Third HMS Dasher

    A late Victorian destroyer, launched at Poplar on 28 November 1894, was the third Dasher, but it did not remain in service to fight in the Great War, being sold in May 1912.

  • Fourth HMS Dasher

    Dasher number 4, formerly the Rio de Janeiro, was an 8,200-ton escort carrier, launched in the United States on 12 April 1941. She was lost to a massive explosion, the cause of which has been the subject of speculation, on the Clyde in late March 1943, killing hundreds of her crew.

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