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HMS Express (P163)
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HMS Express (P163)

HMS Express is one of the 14 Archer Class patrol vessels that form the Coastal Forces Squadron.


Versatile and able to operate in confined waters, HMS Express conducts many roles, including maritime security, support to NATO operations and assisting in the training of future Warfare Officers of the Royal Navy.
HMNB Portsmouth


HMS Express is based in Penarth Marina in Cardiff Bay. She is proud to be affiliated with HMS Dragon, HM Submarine Trenchant as well as local cadet groups and schools.

Arrher class


Led by Lieutenant StubbingtonHMS Express can accommodate up to ten additional personnel in addition to her five Ship’s Company already embarked. Her activities and responsibilities include:

  • Maritime Security
  • Force Protection
  • Supporting NATO Operations and Exercises including JOINT WARRIOR and TYPHOON WARRIOR
  • Navigation and Seamanship Training
  • Regional Engagement

Unit history

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