Patrol Vessels

Offshore and Inshore

Offshore Patrol Vessels conduct fishery protection duties and safeguard the integrity of the UK's territorial waters. Fast Inshore Patrol Craft provide training and maritime experience for University Royal Naval Unit students and also provide support to Fleet tasking and exercises.


Archer Class

Fourteen P200 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft form the First Patrol Boat Squadron. Their primary role is to support the University Royal Naval Units (URNU) but they also contribute to a wide range of Fleet tasking. HMS Raider and HMS Tracker make up the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron, part of the team that safeguard Britain's nuclear fleet.

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  • Archer Class
  • DS30B 30mm Gun

    DS30B 30mm Gun Remote fully automated mount

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives. 

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

  • GAM BO 20 mm Gun

    GAM BO 20 mm Gun Short range anti-aircraft gun

    A simple hand operated mounting carrying a single Oerlikon KAA200 automatic cannon.

    It can fire 1000 rounds a minute and has a  range of 2000m.

River Class

The River Class patrol ships can be used for anything from fire-fighting to disaster relief operations. There are 4 in all; HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn and HMS Clyde. HMS Clyde operates around the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Tyne, Mersey and Severn have a crew of about 45 sailors, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries law.

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  • River Class
  • DS30B 30mm Gun

    DS30B 30mm Gun Remote fully automated mount

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives. 

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

  • GAM BO 20 mm Gun

    GAM BO 20 mm Gun Short range anti-aircraft gun

    A simple hand operated mounting carrying a single Oerlikon KAA200 automatic cannon.

    It can fire 1000 rounds a minute and has a  range of 2000m.

Scimitar-Class

The two Fast patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, watch over Gibraltar's shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar. The two  boats, along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, support British exercises and operations in the area.

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  • Scimitar boats
  • DS30B 30mm Gun

    DS30B 30mm Gun Remote fully automated mount

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives. 

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

  • GAM BO 20 mm Gun

    GAM BO 20 mm Gun Short range anti-aircraft gun

    A simple hand operated mounting carrying a single Oerlikon KAA200 automatic cannon.

    It can fire 1000 rounds a minute and has a  range of 2000m.

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Fact

Patrol boats contribute to a wide range of tasking from University Training up to support in the Strait of Gibraltar