University training

Fourteen P2000 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.

There are 14 URNUs located around the country offering opportunities to 700 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities in England, Scotland and Wales:

  • Birmingham (HMS Exploit)
  • Bristol (HMS Dasher)
  • Cambridge (HMS Trumpeter)
  • Edinburgh (HMS Archer)
  • Glasgow (HMS Pursuer)
  • Liverpool (HMS Charger)
  • London (HMS Puncher)
  • Manchester (HMS Biter)
  • Northumbria (HMS Example) 
  • Oxford (HMS Smiter)
  • Southampton (HMS Blazer)
  • Sussex (HMS Ranger)
  • Wales (HMS Express)
  • Yorkshire (HMS Explorer)

The aim of the URNU is to broaden Naval understanding and develop undergraduates who show potential to become the leaders of tomorrow, through maritime experience and exposure to the values and ethos of the Royal Navy.

Each URNU is commanded by a RN Lieutenant who is responsible for 51 undergraduates during their time in the Unit. It is not a recruiting organisation and membership of the URNU carries no obligation to join the Royal Navy on graduation.

URNU members are taken to sea at weekends and during their vacation periods, in addition they have opportunities to take part in sporting events, adventurous training activities and gain a CMI qualification all within a vibrant and friendly social scene.

The P2000 Archer-class patrol vessels provide sea experience to the students with deployments around the UK and Northern Europe.

What we are doing

Broadening understanding of the Royal Navy among university students

Why we are there

Offering experience and knowledge of the Royal Navy

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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 a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location UK

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HMS Exploit

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HMS Blazer (P279)

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HMS Archer (P264)

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HMS Example

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HMS Trumpeter

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HMS Ranger

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HMS Charger was commissioned in June 1988

HMS Express

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HMS Puncher

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HMS Explorer

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HMS Pursuer

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HMS Smiter

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HMS Trumpeter weighs 54 tonnes

HMS Biter (P270)

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HMS Charger (P292)

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HMS Dasher (P280)

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