HMS Archer

HMS Archer (P264)

Launched in June 1986, HMS Archer is the lead ship of the Archer class. She is the training vessel of the Edinburgh University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).

HMS Archer (P264) is currently on deployment

University Training

United Kingdom

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

54 tonnes

Total displacement

21 metres

Total length

25 knots +

Top speed

Our Operations

Current operation

University Training

United Kingdom

Broadening the understanding of the Royal Navy among university students by offering them a taste of life at sea.

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Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant C W O'Neill

HMS Archer's role

Since 2012, HMS Archer has been giving members of the Edinburgh University Royal Naval Unit their first taste of Navy life.

The syllabus is based primarily around leadership, navigation and seamanship, and also provides opportunities for travel, both around the UK and overseas, and for personal development. Upon a successful first year of training, members are awarded the honorary rank of Midshipmen.

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