P275 HMS Raider and RNLB 17-09 City of London II Lifeboat, Dover Marina, Kent, UK

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John Latter on April 22, 2011

The P2000-class HMS Raider, pennant number 275 (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.

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

The patrol boat is shown moored against the floating pontoon of Crosswall Quay, astern of the Dover lifeboat in the Tidal Harbour of Dover Marina. More information on the Severn-class lifeboat can be found at RNLB 17-09 City of London II and Lifeboat Station.

The photo was taken at 6.56 am on Tuesday, 19th of April, a few hours before the mini-flotilla left port.

P165 HMS Example and P164 HMS Explorer are both out-of-shot to the left, moored at the end of floating pontoons full of yachts and boats. A group photo will be uploaded later - check following "comments" for the link.

HMS Raider is part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (alt. First Patrol Boat Squadron). 1PBS is commanded by Commander 1PBS, who is also Commander URNU - "University Royal Naval Unit" (2). 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".

HMS Raider: Introduction (3)

HMS Raider (P275) is an Archer class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy, used to fulfil the sea-training syllabus of the Bristol University Royal Naval Unit (Bristol URNU). Based in Devonport, HMS Raider is used to conduct sea-training at weekends during term-time; travelling to ports on the south coast and on the continent. During the Easter and Summer vacations, HMS Raider is deployed for up to 6 weeks of sea time.

The commanding officer is Lieutenant Richie Gray Royal Navy.

Bristol URNU (3)

HMS Raider (formerly of Cambridge URNU) became Bristol URNU's Training ship in Summer 2010, superseding HMS Trumpeter. The HQ of Bristol URNU is Lunsford House, part of the University of Bristol's Chemistry Campus. Students attend Bristol URNU from the University of Bristol, University of Bath and University of the West of England (UWE). Drill nights take place weekly at Lunsford House. Sea training takes place onboard HMS Raider. The Unit staff comprises a regular Royal Navy officer as OiC (officer in Command), a Royal Navy CPO (Chief Petty Officer) as coxswain, a civilian secretary, a senior training officer (RNR) and a team of 3 training officers (Royal Naval Reserve, RNR). The staff ensure that the shore based training of the undergraduate students prepares them for service on HMS Raider at Sea. Raider deploys at weekends and for Easter and Summer deployments.

HMS Raider (3)

HMS Raider is one of sixteen 20 metre, 54 tonne P2000 patrol craft employed by the Royal Navy. She is constructed from glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). All sixteen P2000s fall within the 1PBS, with fourteen of these being affiliated with URNUs. As a Batch 2, HMS Raider has a sustainable top speed of 24 knots, faster than her Batch 1 sister ships due to her more powerful turbocharged MTU diesels; she can exceed 24 knots in suitable sea conditions. The only other Batch 2 P2000 is HMS Tracker (P274), affiliated to Oxford URNU.

In the summer of 2010 HMS Raider and HMS Tracker completed a deployment to Gibraltar.

HMS Raider: History (4)

The current HMS Raider is the third ship of this name to see service with the Royal Navy. She belongs to the P2000 or 'Archer' class of coastal training craft and is one of 16 such vessels in service with the Royal Naval Reserve.

First World War: The first HMS Raider was one of a class of 62 destroyers built between 1916 and 1917 for the Royal Navy. She was built by Swan Hunter and launched on 17 July 1916. The R class destroyers were an improvement, specifically in the area of fuel economy, of the earlier M-class destroyers. All of the class saw extensive service in World War I. After the end of WWI HMS Raider was sold for breaking up on 29 April 1927.

Second World War: The second H15 HMS Raider was an R or Rotherham class destroyer ordered as part of the 4th Emergency Flotilla from Cammell Laird at Birkenhead on 2nd April 1940. On commissioning, HMS Raider took part in covering operations for several Russian convoys. From March to June 1943 she was deployed to the Indian Ocean. In July 1943 she took part in Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily. In January 1944 she joined the Eastern Fleet in Trincomalee. Throughout 1944 she was involved in operations in the Indian Ocean and East Indies. In 1945 she was involved in the retaking of Burma and the planned operations to retake Malaya. In 1949 she was sold to the Indian Navy where she served as D115 INS Rana until 1976, being finally sold for breaking up in 1979.

P275 HMS Raider Vessel Details (3)

Name: HMS Raider

Operator: Royal Navy

Builder: Ailsa Shipbuilding Company

Commissioned: January 1988

Status: in active service, as of 2011

Class and type: Archer class patrol vessel

Displacement: 54 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 × MTU V12 diesels

Speed: 24 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

(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) 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).

(3) Wikipedia entry for HMS Raider

(4) Bristol URNU: HMS Raider

Also see the Royal Navy's HMS Raider (Bristol) webpage and HMS Raider on Facebook.

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Warship data: Call Sign: GCUV, IMO: 0, MMSI: 235009940

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

HMS Raider

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 22, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/04/19 06:56:37
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