HMS Ranger

HMS Ranger is the Sussex University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). She served for 13 years in the Gibraltar Squadron before returning to the UK in 2004. 

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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.

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

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.

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

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Current operation University Training

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.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

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Unit History

Ship History1747

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 History1794

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 Honours1884

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.

Ship History1895

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.

Battle honour removed1954

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.

Current HMS Ranger1987

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.

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Commanding Officer Stuart Fletcher

Rank: Lieutenant

Lt Stuart Fletcher joined the Royal Navy in 2000. He has since assumed command of HMS Ranger and the Sussex University Royal Naval Unit.

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HMS Ranger returned to UK from Gibraltar in 2004


Top speed 22 knots


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