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.

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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.

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Unit History

first hms smiter1943

The first HMS Smiter 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.

second hms smiter1944

Next up was the former LST 3514, a tank landing ship launched in October 1944 and renamed in 1947. she received a Battle Honour for the Battle of the Atlantic.

sold1949

She was sold in March 1949 and sank a month later while under tow to Portugal.

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Commanding Officer Hugo Floyer

Rank: Lieutenant

Lt Hugo Floyer joined the Royal Navy and entered Britannia Royal Naval College in 2005. He assumed command of HMS Smiter and Oxford University Royal Naval Unit in March 2013.

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Fact

HMS Smiter has a top speed of 13 knots

Fact

HMS Smiter's motto is 'perentimus crebo - we strike hard and often'

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Affiliations

The Guy Hudson Memorial Trust