HMS Smiter (P272)

HMS SMITER 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.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

20+ knots

Top speed

21 metres

Total length

54 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

HMS SMITER 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

Current operation

Maritime Security

United Kingdom

British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant S Smale

HMS Smiter's role

HMS Smiter’s primary role is to provide naval experience and training to Officer Cadets from the universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading.

The ship’s company support Young Officers and students to develop their navigation and seamanship skills in preparation for a career in the Royal Navy.

Thanks to her diminutive size, HMS Smiter can navigate into smaller ports around the UK which the Royal Navy cannot normally access. She also supports Royal Navy and NATO exercises at home and abroad.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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