HMS Example

HMS Example

HMS Example is the Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). The ship is based at HMS Calliope, a Royal Naval Reserve Base next to the Tyne Bridge on Gateshead Quayside.

Add to favourites

The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to student in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities worldwide.

Initially enrolled as Officer Cadets, those who successfully complete their task book are given the rank of midshipman. URNU members are taken to sea at weekends and during their vacation periods. 

Recent years have seen HMS Example deployed to northern Europe and the Baltic, including visits to Sweden, Finland and even as far as Russia as well as around the UK. 

If you require further information, please contact:

HMS Calliope, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2BE 

Alternatively you can contact the Coxswain on 0191 4775584.

Royal Navy’s smallest ships take part in squadron exercise


HMS Example Latest News

North East patrol vessels visit London

North East patrol vessels visit London

Royal Navy patrol vessels join NATO exercise in Baltics

Royal Navy patrol vessels join NATO exercise in Baltics

See all news for HMS Example
prev next

Unit History

Ship History1970

HMS Example is the first ship to bear the name in the Royal Navy. Constructed as the lead ship of the Example class (a build run of the Archer class including Express, Explorer and Exploit).


The design was an offshoot of the Archer class 40kt Coast Guard vessels built for Oman in the late 1970s and was replaced by the improved Archer class launched in the late 90s.


Built by Watercraft Ltd (Shoreham by Sea) and launched in 1985, HMS Example was designated an Auxiliary Service Vessel (A153) and used by the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service (RNXS).


The RNXS was disbanded and HMS Example was commissioned into the Royal Navy later that year. She was re-designated P165 and transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit.

Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers Future

An island nation needs a powerful navy. A simple fact, often forgotten. Go behind the scenes of the new aircraft carrier and discover its true scale and ambition.

Read about the new carrier

Commanding Officer Simon Priestley

Rank: Lieutenant

Lieutenant Simon Priestley joined the Royal Navy in 2014, he assumed command of HMS Example January 2019.

Previous units

Download full profile

Warfare Officer

Join us


"Exemplar Classi - An Example to the Fleet"


HMS Example is the first ship to be called Example

HMS Calliope (Tyneside)

Learn more

HMNB Portsmouth

Learn more