HMS Archer

HMS Archer

HMS Archer became the training vessel for Edinburgh University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) in July 2012. Edinburgh URNU is the newest of the 14 units that were first formed in 1967.

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During term time, Archer can generally be found on the east Coast of Scotland with students embarked on sea training weekends, allowing them to practise the navigation they have been taught in the classroom. In addition to this she spends three weeks at Easter in the Western Isles and seven weeks in the summer deployed to Europe and the UK in company with the other URNU training vessels.

The undergraduates who train in HMS Archer are members of the Edinburgh Universities Royal Naval Unit based at East Claremont Street in Edinburgh city. The syllabus is based primarily around leadership, navigation and seamanship, and also provides opportunities for travel, both around the UK and overseas, and for personal development.

Upon a successful first year of training, members are awarded the honorary rank of Midshipmen.

The Edinburgh URNU recruits new entry undergraduates at the beginning of each academic year, however, we will always consider applicants at other times. Should you be interested in joining us, or for more information, please contact us at:

Edinburgh Universities Royal Naval Unit, Hepburn House, 89 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh EH7 4HU

Tel: 0131 310 3835, Email:

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Current operation University Royal Naval Unit

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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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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Unit History

Ship History1801

There have been five Archers before the current patrol boat stretching back as far as a gun-brig launched in 1801.

Ship History1849

She was followed by a wood screw sloop (1849), a torpedo cruiser (1885) and a destroyer (1911), before a 9,000-ton escort carrier was built in the US under the Lend-Lease scheme, launched 1939.

Battle Honours1854

Baltic 1854-55

Battle Honours1914

Heligoland 1914

Battle Honours1943

Atlantic 1943-44
Biscay 1943

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