HMS Dasher (P280)

HMS Dasher is an Inshore Patrol Vessel serving multiple training roles for departments within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Bristol and Devon University Royal Naval Units (URNU) by providing opportunities for sea time throughout the year.

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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.

The unit meets once a week, on a Tuesday evening, during term-time, and these drill nights include theoretical instruction, practical chartwork and an insight into Naval and military activities.

Sport and Adventurous Training plays an important role in developing teamwork and leadership within the unit, and weekly sports practice sessions are undertaken, which all members of the unit are encourage to attend. In addition each student will normally attend three sea-training weekends and a two-week deployment over the Easter or Summer holidays.

Recruiting takes place at the start of each academic year in late September and early October. For more information please contact us: Bristol University Royal Naval Unit, HMS Flying Fox, Winterstoke Rd, Bristol BS3 2NS.

Tel: (0117) 9668667 or bristol-urnu@bristol.ac.uk

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Current operation University Royal Naval Unit

To provide high-quality sea training experiences to undergraduates from universities, developing seamanship, team building and leadership skills in a maritime environment.  These ships also support the Fleet in a range of roles around the UK and European waters, showing the White Ensign in places that larger vessels cannot reach.

  • Exercise Baltops

    Exercise Baltops is the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, demonstrating the UK's continuing commitment to the collective security of NATO allies.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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Unit History

The First HMS Dasher1797

The first was an 18-gun sloop of 1797 which became a convict hulk in 1832 and was broken up in March 1838.

Second HMS Dasher1837

The Second HMS Dasher came a wooden paddle packet of 357 tons, launched at Chatham Dockyard on 5 December 1837 and sold in 1885.

The Third HMS Dasher1894

A late Victorian destroyer, launched at Poplar on 28 November 1894, was the third Dasher, but it did not remain in service to fight in the Great War, being sold in May 1912.

The Fourth HMS Dasher1941

Dasher number 4, formerly the Rio de Janeiro, was an 8,200-ton escort carrier, launched in the USA on 12 April 1941.


She was lost to a massive explosion, the cause of which has been the subject of speculation, on the Clyde in late March 1943, killing hundreds of her crew.

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Commanding Officer Andrew Osborne

Rank: Lieutenant

Lt Osborne joined the Royal Navy in 2011. He took command of HMS Dasher in October 2016.

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