HMS Raider

HMS Raider is one of two patrol boats that form the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron (FPBS). Formed in March 2010, the Squadron provides Force Protection in and around Faslane, Scotland.

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The squadron originally consisted of HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer however, in September 2012 these were replaced by HMS Tracker and HMS Raider.

Wearing the pennant number P275, HMS Raider is a fully-fledged armed patrol boat.

Fitted with Kevlar armour and able to operate three 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) she has become, with her sister ship HMS Tracker, part of a growing Force Protection (FP) cadre based at Faslane.

These two ships are fully engaged in FP duties and do not undertake university training.

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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Unit History

The First Raider1916

The first was an R-class destroyer launched in 1916. Armed with three four-inch guns, dual torpedo tubes and a two pounder 'pom-pom', she fought in World War 1 before being broken up in 1927.

The Second Raider1942

The second ship of the name was a 358ft Rotherham-class destroyer launched in 1942.


She served through World War 2 gaining all six of the ship's battle honours, as well as four Distinguished Service Medals and five mentions in Dispatches for her ship's company.


After the war, HMS Raider was sold to the Royal Indian Navy in 1949, being renamed Rana before being scrapped in 1976 after Indian independence.

Present Day HMS Raider1998

The present HMS Raider is a glass reinforced plastic Archer Class Fast Patrol Boat. She was commissioned alongside her sister ship HMS Tracker (Oxford URNU) in 1998.

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Commanding Officer Freddy May

Rank: Lieutenant

Lieutenant Freddy May joined the Royal Navy in 2008, he assumed Command of HMS Raider in June 2018.

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