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HMS Charger (P292)

HMS Charger has one of the most vital jobs in the Royal Navy: inspiring the next generation as sea training vessel for the universities of the North West.

HMS Charger (P292) is currently on deployment

University Training

United Kingdom

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures


Year of launch

49 tonnes

Total displacement

11 bunks

On board

Our skills

Our skills

HMS Charger gets involved in a huge span of tasks from navigation training to representing the Royal Navy at smaller ports where larger ships in the fleet can’t visit.

  • Students who are interested in the Royal Navy gain practical skills and learn about what life’s like onboard.
  • They enjoy getting involved in sport and practical teamwork from bowling and football to skiing and adventurous training.
  • Charger deploys twice annually, with past adventures including visits to Sweden and the Baltic.

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.

Our base

Our base


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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Christopher Town RN

All about HMS Charger

Weekly drill evenings are held every Thursday during term time, with sessions covering basic navigation, practical seamanship, leadership and team building skills, and strategic studies and current affairs. However, it’s definitely not just classroom learning. It’s valuable stuff, as student Jack Langan, explains:

“Charger gives young students the opportunity to experience life at sea. It educates us about the Royal Navy’s values, provides useful skills, and exposure to life in the Royal Navy.”

Did you know? Undergraduates who sail with us don’t get called up – a University Royal Naval Unit isn’t the same as a standard unit.

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