HMS Smiter (P272)

HMS Smiter is an Archer-class patrol vessel used for training officer cadets. Commissioned in 1986, she is affiliated with Oxford University Royal Naval Unit.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

21+ knots

Top speed

21 metres

Total length

49 tonnes

Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

HMS Smiter has a ship’s company of five. Their skills include:

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

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Lewis Jones

Lewis joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer (SM) in 2013, passing-out of Britannia Royal Naval College in May 2014.

He began his submarine training by being selected to be part of the Officer’s Pilot Course for SMQ(D), and then going on to complete Nuclear General Course.

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant L Jones

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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