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        Ranger

        HMS Ranger

        HMS Ranger is a P2000 Archer Class Patrol Vessel tendered to Sussex University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). She served for 13 years in the Gibraltar Squadron before returning to the UK in 2004 to be allocated to the Sussex URNU. Now forming part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS) HMS Ranger provides practical seamanship and navigation training to undergraduates from the Universities of Sussex and Brighton.

        HMS Ranger

        The URNU operates from a shore headquarters on the Falmer campus of the University of Sussex.

        The Officer-in-Charge is a full time Royal Navy Officer, who is also Commanding Officer of HMS Ranger, and is assisted by the Unit Coxswain (a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer), a part time civilian secretary and by four Training Officers who are all Royal Naval Reserve Officers.

        Sussex URNU holds a weekly "drill" evening (on a Thursday) at Mithras House Annex, university of Brighton on Lewes Road. They spend weekends at sea and longer deployments away during the vacations when the students undergo training and receiving instruction whilst undertaking practical exercises in leadership, navigation, seamanship, maritime operations, meteorology and communications.

        Opportunities also exist to gain Royal Yachting Association theory and practical seamanship qualifications (up to the RYA Powerboat Yachtmaster), and a City and Guilds award in Leadership.

        Other lectures aim to develop understanding of the UK's national requirement for naval forces and the role of such forces in sustaining the national interest and in worldwide peacekeeping.

        Further information can be found at:

        Territorial Army Centre
        198 Dyke Road
        Brighton. East Sussex
        BN1 5AS

        Tel 01273 545661

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Stuart Fletcher

        Stuart Fletcher
        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2000
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Gloucester, Shoreham
        Military experience

        Deployments to the Mediterranean, Falkland Islands and North and South America in support of British interests overseas.


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        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

        P293

        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 Ranger HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Ranger
        • Ship History

          The 6th Rate frigate, originally the French privateer Deux Couronnes, which was captured by HMS Gloucester. Seized 5 May 1747, sold 29 May 1749.

        • Battle History

          A cutter that saw action in the battle of the Glorious 1st of June, 1794 (from which the ship gets her only battle honour). Bought Feb 1787, captured by the French 28 Jun 1794, recaptured by the British 14 Oct 1797 (renamed HMS Venture).

        • Battle Honours

          The Algerine-class composite steam gunvessel of 835 tons that spent seven years on the East Indies station, including the defence of Suakin on the Red Sea, during the 1883-1885 Sudanese Wars. In fact, an additional battle honour (Sudan - 1884) was awarded to HMS Ranger from this campaign, but this was deleted in 1954, coincidentally the year in which she (the largest HMS Ranger to date) was finally broken up.

        • Ship History

          The Opossum-class destroyer (320 tons) in World War 1. Notable for being the first command of the future Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty. Built Hebburn-on-Tyne, launched 4 October 1895, sold 20 May 1920.

        • Current HMS Ranger

          The current HMS RANGER was built in Shoreham in 1987 and was originally allocated to the Ulster Division RNR for Junior Officer Training. In 1991 she went to form part of the Gibraltar Squadron and returned to the UK in 2004 to be allocated to Sussex URNU. Her badge is a Ship’s Wheel superimposed on 7 blue roundels, representing the 7 seas.

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