HMS Dasher (P280)

Though she may not be one of our largest vessels, HMS Dasher has a vital mission: training and inspiring the next generation across South West England.

HMS Dasher (P280) is currently on deployment

University Training

United Kingdom

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She works hard delivering engaging, invaluable, hands-on training for departments across the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and Bristol and Devon University Royal Naval Units (URNU).

Bristol URNU was formed in 1986, and recruits the majority of its 51 undergraduate students from Bristol University, Bath University and the University of the West of England.

As well as providing opportunities for sea time throughout the year, URNU meets weekly during the term-time for drill nights that include theoretical instruction, practical chartwork and an insight into naval and military activities.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

20.8 metres

Total length

300+ miles

Total range


Year Bristol URNU was formed

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

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Cameron Walters

A highlight for Cameron was a historic five week patrol to the East Antarctic and Ross Sea, where HMS Protector was the first Royal Navy vessel in over 80 years to have visited the region or to have travelled so far south having dipped below 77 degrees latitude.


HMS Dasher's role

HMS Dasher and her crew give undergraduates from universities across the South West the opportunity to discover their sea-legs – and a lifelong passion for sailing. It’s about inspiring the next generation, developing seamanship, team building and leadership skills in a maritime environment. 

However, Dasher’s work isn’t limited to supporting Bristol URNU. She also takes part on missions in both UK and European waters, flying the White Ensign in places larger vessels can’t reach.

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