P165 HMS Example Fast Training Boat, Tidal Harbour, Dover Marina, Kent, UK

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John Latter on April 23, 2011

HMS Example, pennant number 165 (1), is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel in service with the British Royal Navy (RN). The Archer-class are commonly referred to as Fast Training Boats.

P165 HMS Example (ex-A153 XSV Example), along with P164 HMS Explorer (ex-A154 XSV Explorer) and P275 HMS Raider, also Archer-class, arrived in Dover Harbour on Monday, 18th of April, 2011; the mini-flotilla left the following morning.

The patrol boat is shown moored among yachts and boats in the Tidal Harbour of Dover Marina with HMS Explorer out-of-shot to the left at the end of the next mooring pontoon, and HMS Raider out-of-shot to the right astern of Dover's lifeboat, the RNLB 17-09 City of London II. On the left is the red-bricked wall of Dolphin Jetty, or Dolphin Hard Jetty.

The photo was taken at 6.25 pm from the floating pontoon below Dover Lifeboat Station on Crosswall Quay. Individual photos of HMS Explorer and HMS Raider, along with a 'group shot', will be uploaded at a later date - see subsequent comments for the links.

HMS Example: Introduction (2)

HMS Example is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy, based at HMS Calliope (3) in Gateshead, England. Example was originally built for the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service as the lead ship of the 'Example Batch', which were identical to the Archer Class being built simultaneously for the Royal Navy. Example and her sisters were transferred to the Royal Navy when the RNXS disbanded in 1994. She is the first ship to bear her name.

HMS Example is currently attached to the Northumbria University Royal Naval Unit (4), and has a crew of 5 (plus up to 12 students). She acts as a training ship for students at Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Teesside University, and Sunderland University.

The ship takes part in deployments over the university summer and Easter holidays, giving the students an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time living on board the ship and to experience larger scale naval operations with other URNUs. The ship played a prominent role in the 2004 Entente Cordiale celebrations, and escorted A171 HMS Endurance in the 2005 International Fleet Review (commemorate the 200th year after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805).

1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS) (2)

HMS Example is part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (alt. First Patrol Boat Squadron). 1PBS is commanded by Commander 1PBS, who is also Commander URNU. The mission statement of the 1PBS is to "provide support to allow the conduct of safe and effective P2000 operations in support of the URNU sea-training syllabus".

Recent news (2)

In summer 2006 the ship celebrated its 21st birthday with divisions at HMS Calliope with the salute taken by Nigel Sherlock, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.

In 2008, HMS Example took a prominent role in the Tyneside celebrations to mark the centenary of the Territorial Army centred on the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The ship's current commanding officer is Lieutenant Nelson McMillan RN, who replaced Lieutenant Commander Paul Kay RN in July 2009.

Also see the Royal Navy's HMS Example (Northumbria) webpage and HMS Example on Facebook.

HMS Example details (2):

Name: HMS Example

Operator: Royal Navy

Builder: Watercraft, Shoreham By Sea

Launched: 1985

Christened: XSV Example

Acquired: 1994

Commissioned: 1994

Motto: Lead by Example

Status: in active service, as of 2011

Class and type: Archer class patrol vessel

Displacement: 49 tons

Length: 20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)

Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)

Draught: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)

Propulsion: 2 shafts, Rolls Royce Perkins CV12 Turbo diesels, 1,200 bhp (895 kW)

Speed: 18 knots

Range: 550 nmi (1,020 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)

Complement: 5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU) or 12 (RN)

Sensors and processing systems: Decca 1216 navigation radar

Armament: 3 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG (Cyprus Squadron.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle/forecastle)

(1) In the modern Royal Navy, and other navies of Europe and the Commonwealth, ships are identified by pennant numbers (sometimes referred to as pendant numbers). The name pennant number arises from the fact that ships were originally allocated a pennant (flag) identifying a flotilla or particular type of vessel: for example, in the Royal Navy, the red burgee for torpedo boats, H for torpedo boat destroyers. By the addition of a number to the identifying pennant, each ship could be uniquely identified. A pennant number thus consists of letters and numbers. Where a letter precedes a number it is known as a flag superior and where it is a suffix it is known as a flag inferior. Not all pennants have a flag superior.

(2) Wikipedia entry for HMS Example

(3) HMS Calliope shore station (or shore establishment - a 'stone frigate') is the Royal Naval Reserve unit in Gateshead, with a ship's company of around 120, and is also home to the Northumberland University Royal Navy Unit HMS Example. Calliope also accommodates the local staff of the Naval Regional Commander Northern England, who arrange all Royal Navy and foreign warship visits to the North East, and are responsible for recruiting in the region. (fromDefence in the North East: Tyne and Wear).

(4) A University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) is a Royal Navy training establishment connected to a university, or a number of universities concentrated in one area. There are 14 URNUs nationwide in the UK, and each URNU has land-based facilities near the university in question, up to four training officers (members of the Royal Naval Reserve) and a dedicated training vessel (an Archer-class P2000 fast patrol boat).

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Warship data: Call Sign: GABA, IMO: 0, MMSI: 235009890

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

HMS Example

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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  • Uploaded on April 19, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/04/18 18:25:57
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 43.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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