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        Pursuer

        HMS Pursuer

        HMS Pursuer is an Archer Class P2000 coastal training vessel of the First Patrol Boat Squadron operated by the Royal Navy. She is the training vessel for Glasgow and Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), located in the Glasgow University grounds and is based in HM Naval Base Clyde.

        HMS Pursuer

        Sea training for the URNU students is conducted over weekends, making use of the Clyde area, and further away during Easter and Summer vacations, building on the instruction given during Thursday Drill Nights ashore.

        Glasgow & Strathclyde URNU provides a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates in the Glasgow area to build navigation and leadership skills, take part in sports and adventurous training and enjoy challenges and adventures.

        We also administer support for RN-sponsored undergraduates in southern Scotland.

        Recruiting takes place each September and our members can be found at university Freshers’ events

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Gary Bickley

        Gary Bickley
        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2001
        SPECIALISATION:
        Navigation
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Sutherland, Ledbury, Portland, Tyne, Clyde, Smiter
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Gary Bickley was born in Cumbria and grew up in and around the county city of Carlisle. He joined the Royal Navy in January 2001 as a Naval College Entrant.

        Upon completion of initial training at BRNC Dartmouth he conducted Common Fleet training on HMS Sutherland, during an anti drugs patrol in the Caribbean culminating in an official reception for HRH Prince Charles alongside in Veracruz, Mexico.

        After successfully completing his fleet board in 2002 he joined HMS Ledbury for Specialist Fleet Time, during this time he undertook an exchange with the Singaporean Navy, taking part in their 4 month Midshipmen’s training deployment around the south china seas.

        Passing Joint Warfare Officer Course in 2003 he was appointed as Gunnery Officer in HMS Inverness where he undertook an 8 month NATO Deployment with Mine Countermeasures Force North, focussing on the Baltic and the western coast of Europe.

        There then followed a 6 month operational tour in Iraq, training the Iraqi Navy in basic navigation. On his return to the UK he was assigned to the Principle Navigators course in September 2005 before joining HMS Portland as Action Officer of the Watch.

        After a nine month refit and an intensive operational sea training package he moved on to complete the Fleet Navigating Officers course in summer 2007. Once qualified he was assigned to HMS Tyne as the Navigating Officer. There then followed 14 challenging and rewarding months patrolling the United Kingdom’s territorial waters and Economic Exclusion Zone enforcing European fishery legislation, including another sea training package.

        As part of the Fishery Protection squadron he then followed the normal personnel cycle and joined the Falkland Islands guardship HMS Clyde in February 2009. During this time he navigated the ship to South Georgia and took her in to a number of rarely visited bays and inlets, as well as deploying to Montevideo and completing a further period of sea training.

        He then flew out to join HMS Cumberland in the Seychelles, again as Navigator, bringing her back from her highly successful anti-piracy deployment off the west coast of Africa.

        Another intensive period of sea training followed in summer 2010 preparing the ship for her next deployment. Instead of deploying with Cumberland however he was sent to join the Navigation Training school at HMS Collingwood as the instructor for the Principle Navigators course.

        Completion of the Royal Navy’s premier Navigation course “Spec N” immediately preceded assuming command of HMS Smiter and Glasgow & Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit in March 2012, later assuming command of HMS Pursuer in September 2012 when she was reassigned to Glasgow URNU.


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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

        P273

        Displacement

        54tonnes

        Complement

        5personnel

        Length

        20.8Metres

        Beam

        5.8metres

        Draught

        1.8metres

        Top Speed

        22knots

        Range (Nautical)

        550nautical miles

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        HMS Pursuer HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Pursuer
        • First HMS Pursuer

          The first, formerly the St George, was an 11,420-ton escort carrier launched in the United States on 18 July 1942 and operated by the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease; she was returned to the Americans on 12 February 1946.

        • Second HMS Pursuer

          The second was the tank landing ship LST 3504, built by Vickers in Montreal and launched on 3 November 1944. She was renamed Pursuer in 1947, and became the Ministry of Transport ship Empire Tern in 1956 before being broken up in 1969.

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