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        Smiter

        HMS Smiter

        HMS Smiter was built by Watercraft Ltd in Shoreham and commissioned in 1986. Her primary mission is to support the Oxford URNU’s activities but the vessel also conducts other RN tasking.

        HMS Smiter

        Oxford University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) was formed in October 1994 to provide training to undergraduates from Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities.

        The student midshipmen's syllabus is based primarily around navigation and seamanship both ashore and at sea in the unit’s fast patrol boat.

        Membership of the URNU provides opportunities for travel, both around the UK and overseas, and for personal development and leadership training.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Hugo Floyer

        RANK:
        Lieutenant
        JOINED:
        2005
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Chatham,HMS Hurworth
        Military experience

        Hugo Floyer was born in London and educated at Chiswick Comprehensive School and at the University of Sussex, graduating in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Physics. He joined the Royal Navy and entered Britannia Royal Naval College in 2005. Following fleet training in HM Ships Liverpool, Gloucester, Endurance, and Clyde, during which time he was variously deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (South), NATO Operation Active Endeavour, and to West Africa, he received his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and was selected for the Preliminary Navigating Officer course at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood.

        Lieutenant Floyer’s first complement appointment was to Crew 7 of the 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron as Navigating Officer. Following operational sea training in HMS Middleton, the appointment encompassed deployment to the Arabian Gulf in HMS Chiddingfold during Operation Telic MCM in 2008-09. After completing a second period of sea training in HMS Hurworth in UK waters, he was appointed senior Officer of the Watch in HMS Chatham, joining her on deployment in the Indian Ocean while she served as Flagship for the Second Standing NATO Maritime Group during NATO Operation Ocean Shield. On return to the UK in mid 2010 he completed the Fleet Navigating Officer Course.

        In January 2011, under the auspices of the UK/US Personnel Exchange Programme, Lt Floyer joined USS Winston S. Churchill as Navigating Officer. This very rewarding appointment included a major refit period, unit and carrier strike group workup, and deployment with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group to the US 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, where he achieved designation as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and was awarded the US Navy Commendation Medal.

        On return to the UK he was selected for P2000 command and commenced CODC in January 2013. He took command of HMS Smiter and became OIC of Oxford University Royal Naval Unit in March 2013.


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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

        P272

        Displacement

        54tonnes

        Complement

        5personnel

        Length

        20.8Metres

        Beam

        5.8metres

        Draught

        1.8metres

        Top Speed

        13knots

        Range (Nautical)

        550nautical miles

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        • Ship History

          The current Smiter is the third of the name. The first was an 11,420-ton escort carrier launched at Seattle on 27 September 1943 and built under the Lend-Lease programme. The ship was returned to the States in April 1946.

        • Ship History

          Next up was the former LST 3514, a tank landing ship launched in October 1944 and renamed in 1947. She was sold in March 1949 and sank a month later while under tow to Portugal. Battle Honours Atlantic 1944

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