HMS Express

HMS Express (P163)

HMS EXPRESS is one of the 14 Archer-class patrol vessels that form the Coastal Forces Squadron. Versatile and able to operate in confined waters she conducts many roles including Maritime Security, Support to NATO Operations and assisting in the training of future Warfare Officers of the Royal Navy.

HMS EXPRESS is based in Penarth Marina in Cardiff Bay. She is proud to be affiliated with HMS DRAGON, HM Submarine TRENCHANT as well as local cadet groups and schools.

Facts & figures

HMNB Portsmouth

Facts & figures

20+ knots

Top speed

21

Total length

54 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

HMNB Portsmouth

Our skills

HMS EXPRESS can accommodate up to ten additional personnel in addition to her five Ship’s Company already embarked. Her activities and responsibilities include:

  • Maritime Security
  • Force Protection
  • Supporting NATO Operations and Exercises including JOINT WARRIOR and TYPHOON WARRIOR
  • Navigation and Seamanship Training
  • Regional Engagement

Our operations

HMNB Portsmouth

Current operation

Maritime Security

United Kingdom

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Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

Our base

United Kingdom

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Leah Payne

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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