HMS Example primarily serves as a training vessel for the Northumbrian URNU. Her officer cadets are drawn from the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teeside and Sunderland.
The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to students in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities, with the ultimate aim of teaching them the skills and attributes required for a Naval career.
As the only Royal Navy ship permanently based in Newcastle, HMS Example undertakes a wide variety of engagements in the region. She also supports Royal Navy and NATO exercises around the globe.