HMS Pursuer (P273)

HMS Pursuer is the training vessel for Glasgow and Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), located in the Glasgow University grounds.

HMS Pursuer (P273) is currently on deployment

Gibraltar Squadron


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Glasgow & Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates in the Glasgow area to get out on the water, build navigation and leadership skills, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Though Pursuer’s crew are mainly focused on URNU duties, they also support for Royal Navy-sponsored undergraduates right across southern Scotland.

Did you know? HMS Pursuer holds the Freedom of the Town of Newhaven.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

15 patrol vessels

Total in the Archer-class

22+ knots

Top speed

54 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

HMS Pursuer trains tomorrow’s talent by running:

  • Mid-week drill sessions
  • Weekend seaborne training
  • Adventurous deployments during holidays

Students build navigation and leadership skills, taking part in sports, adventurous training and exciting challenges.

Our operations

Current operation


United Kingdom

Putting our craft, kit and people through their paces so they perform to the highest standards.

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant commander A Colman

HMS Pursuer's role

Fully fuelled and victualed, HMS Pursuer has an unsupported endurance of over 240nm at her maximum speed of 20kn. So though she is one of our smaller ships at just 20.5 meters long, she has travelled further than you might imagine, travelling as far afield as Cyprus, where she formed part of the Cyprus Squadron; and Russia, where she has visited in a Baltic summer deployment.

These days, she mostly remains in UK waters, giving young sailors a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn seafaring skills and gain an insight into what a career in the Royal Navy might lead to.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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