Raider

HMS Raider

HMS Raider is one of two patrol boats that form the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron (FPBS).  Formed in March 2010, the Squadron provides Force Protection in and around Faslane, Scotland. 

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The squadron originally consisted of HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer however, in September 2012 these were replaced by HMS Tracker and HMS Raider.

Wearing the pennant number P275, HMS Raider is a fully-fledged armed patrol boat.

Fitted with Kevlar armour and able to operate three 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) she has become, with her sister ship HMS Tracker, part of a growing Force Protection (FP) cadre based at Faslane.

These two ships are fully engaged in FP duties and do not undertake university training.

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

Preventing conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History

The First Raider1916

The first was an R-class destroyer launched in 1916. Armed with three four-inch guns, dual torpedo tubes and a two pounder 'pom-pom', she fought in World War 1 before being broken up in 1927.

The Second Raider1942

The second ship of the name was a 358ft Rotherham-class destroyer launched in 1942.

battles1942

She served through World War 2 gaining all six of the ship's battle honours, as well as four Distinguished Service Medals and five mentions in Dispatches for her ship's company.

sold1949

After the war, HMS Raider was sold to the Royal Indian Navy in 1949, being renamed Rana before being scrapped in 1976 after Indian independence.

Present Day HMS Raider1998

The present HMS Raider is a glass reinforced plastic Archer Class Fast Patrol Boat. She was commissioned alongside her sister ship HMS Tracker (Oxford URNU) in 1998.

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Commanding Officer Carla Higgins

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant Commander Carla Higgins joined the Royal Navy in 2005, she currently in command of HMS Raider and 2IC Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron.

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HMS Raider has a top speed of 25 knots

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hms raider's sister ship is hms tracker

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