Puncher

HMS Puncher

HMS Puncher is affiliated with London University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). Whilst at sea, students are able to put into practice navigation and seamanship skills they have learnt in the classrooms.

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These may include chart planning, acting as Officer of the Watch, using the ship's radar and carrying out seamanship evolutions from anchoring to securing alongside. Instruction is provided in engineering, firefighting, damage control and ship handling.

Weekend training at sea is usually limited to visiting UK coastal ports but the Easter and Summer deployments have included visits to France, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Ireland. Additional sea training is also provided to the Combined Cadet Forces and Sea Cadet Corps members.

Puncher also provides a navigational training platform for young officers in the Fleet and Royal Marines preparing to navigate landing craft.

Outside of the training role, the ship takes part in high profile PR events around the country as she is able to get into smaller ports not visited by larger platforms.

London University Royal Navy can be contacted on:

London URNU, HMS President, 72 St Katherine's Way, London, EW1 1UQ.

E-mail: navytrgbrnc-urnulondon-sec@mod.uk

Tel: 0207 481 7344

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Unit History

First Punch1944

The first HMS Puncher was a Smiter-class escort carrier built by Todd Pacific, Seattle, and commissioned in 1944.

royal canadian navy1944

She was the last escort carrier to be manned by the Royal Canadian Navy. Fully loaded, she displaced 14,170 tons with a complement of 1,000.

Battle of the Atlantic1944

The ship received her Battle Honour during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Battle History1945

Joining the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow in February 1945, it provided fighter cover for minelaying and minesweeping sorties. Also part of air attacks on shipping off the Norwegian coast.

Final Year1946

She had a post-war role providing deck landing training and troop transport until the end of her career in January 1946.

Second Punch1947

The second ship to bear the name Puncher was a landing ship commissioned in 1947. She was armed with ten x 20mm guns and was sold out of the service in 1960.

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