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HMS Example (P165)

HMS Example is an Archer-class patrol vessel attached the Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). Her primary role is to provide training to Officer Cadets and prepare them for a career in the Royal Navy.

HMS Example is based at HMS Calliope in Gateshead. She is proud to be affiliated with: HMS Dauntless, HMS Northumberland, 703 Naval Air Squadron, The town of Whitby, Durham School CCF, Newcastle RGS CCF, Sedbergh School CC and Northumberland District Sea Cadet Corps

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

20+ knots

Top speed

21 metres

Total length

54 tonnes

Total displacement

Our Skills

Our skills

HMS Example has a permanent ship’s company of five, but can deploy up to 20 personnel, including students and training officers. Their responsibilities include:

  • Naval experience
  • Naval training
  • Navigation training
  • Officer training
  • Providing support on Royal Navy and NATO exercises
  • Personal development
  • Leadership training

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Mike Merritt

Mike joined BRNC in Feb 15 as a Warfare Officer, Mike graduated Oct 15 embarking on his Fleet Training package in both LPD and OPV platforms. Mike successfully completed MCDO and PNO courses in 2019/20.


HMS Example's role

HMS Example primarily serves as a training vessel for the Northumbrian URNU. Her officer cadets are drawn from the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teeside and Sunderland.

The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to students in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities, with the ultimate aim of teaching them the skills and attributes required for a Naval career.

As the only Royal Navy ship permanently based in Newcastle, HMS Example undertakes a wide variety of engagements in the region. She also supports Royal Navy and NATO exercises around the globe.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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