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HMS Tracker

Commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1998, HMS Tracker is one of two patrol boats that form the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron (FPBS). 

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Formed in March 2010, the Squadron provides Force Protection in and around Faslane, Scotland.

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 P274, HMS Tracker 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 Raider, 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

First HMS Tracker1943

The first HMS Tracker was an Attacker-class escort carrier built in the USA and completed in 1943.

World War 21943

Seeing extensive action in 1943 with the Western Approach Command covering Atlantic, Mediterranean and Russian convoys, she sank U288 and was later on anti U-boat patrols.

D-Day1944

She provided air cover during the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944 and finished her time with the US Navy as a ferry carrier in the Pacific until the end of hostilities.

The Second Tracker1952

The second HMS Tracker was one of many Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) built towards the end of World War 2. In 1952 she acted as the hospital ship for the first British atomic bomb test.

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Commanding Officer Edward Munns

Rank: Lieutenant

Lt Edward Munns joined the Royal Navy aged 18 in 2001. He assumed command of HMS Tracker in June 13.

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HMS Tracker and HMS Raider form the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron and do not undertake University training.

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HMS Tracker has a top speed of 25 knots

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