HMS Dasher (P280)

HMS Dasher (P280) is one of 14 fast inshore patrol craft assigned to Coastal Forces Squadron.

HMS Dasher (P280) is currently on deployment

Maritime Security


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HMS Dasher is a versatile ship that conducts a variety of roles including maritime security, navigation training, defence engagement, support to law enforcement, as well as development of the latest inshore tactics and doctrine.


Dasher was built by Vosper Thorneycroft and was commissioned into the fleet in 1988. She has previously been based in Faslane, Cyprus and Gibraltar Patrol Boat Squadrons. The majority of her tasking is now based around the UK and Northern Europe, especially in support of NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) exercises and operations.


Dasher has a core ship’s company of five (one Lt, two CPOs, one LH and one AB) but she can carry up to 20 people at sea. She frequently embarks additional personnel depending on tasking, including medics, engineers, reservists or URNU students

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

20 knots

Top speed

20.8 metres

Total length


Capable of mounting 3 General Purpose Machine Guns

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Current operation

Maritime Security


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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Henry Edwards

HMS Dasher's role

HMS Dasher and her crew give undergraduates from universities 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 the 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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