These ships often act as enemy forces during exercises in UK waters, helping to simulate attacks to ships undergoing training

Lieutenant Kate Borland, Commanding Officer HMS Exploit and Officer in Charge of the four ships


“Having recently achieved my Navigation Watchkeeping Certificate it’s been great to consolidate everything I have learnt throughout training whilst in an operational environment”, said Sub Lieutenant Charlie Dodson-Wells, the Officer of the Watch in HMS Ranger.

“The ships operate like larger Royal Navy Ships as far as possible; trying to operate in such a way with far less manpower and fewer resources has been challenging at times but very enjoyable,” he added.

“These ships often act as enemy forces during exercises in UK waters, helping to simulate attacks to ships undergoing training”, commented Lieutenant Kate Borland, Commanding Officer HMS Exploit and Officer in Charge of the four ships.

She continued, “previous deployments have proven the ability for the ships to operate well outside of UK waters, we’ve now been able to combine two skills sets, strengthening the operational ability and flexibility of the P2000 fleet in the process.”

At the end of the exercise the ships relocated to Kiel ready to represent the Royal Navy during Kiel week and will now embark on the URNU phase of their deployment, moving through Europe embarking University students from their respective affiliated units, giving them an appreciation of life in the Royal Navy.