P272 HMS Smiter Fast Training Boat, Dover Marina Lifeboat Station, Kent, England, UK

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Royal Navy Archer-class warship assigned to University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities. Patrol Boat built 1985 by Watercraft Marine. Call Sign GAAS, IMO 0, MMSI 235009950. Commanding Officer Lieutenant Brian Drewett. Navigation and seamanship training. Berthed Crosswall Quay, Tidal Harbour. Stern of RNLI City of London II rescue boat on the left. Photo taken 28 March 2013.

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John Latter on March 31, 2013

The photo shows the fast training boat moored against the the floating pontoon below Dover Lifeboat Station on Crosswall Quay in the Tidal Harbour of Dover Marina.

Out-of-shot behind and to the left is HMS Trumpeter. A link to a group photo showing both patrol boats will be added in a later "comment" once it's been uploaded.

HMS Trumpeter was also in port earlier in the month on March 18th when these photos were taken:

P294 HMS Trumpeter Patrol Boat at Dusk, Dover Marina, United Kingdom


P294 HMS Trumpeter Fast Training Boat, Tidal Harbour, Dover Marina, United Kingdom

HMS Smiter - Current Position

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

HMS Smiter

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.

HMS Smiter - Information (1)

HMS Smiter is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy.

On being accepted into service, she initially served with the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Reserve until 11 October 1990. She then transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities. She replaced HMS Tracker in this role, which had been called into service to the Royal Navy Cyprus Squadron during the Gulf War.

The Oxford University Royal Naval Unit is one of 14 URNUs supporting the countries' leading Universities in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation's Mission is to "educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates who show potential as society's future leaders and opinion formers in order to better inform them of the need for and role of the Royal Navy, and to develop awareness of career opportunities in the Service."

Students from the URNU get the chance to deploy on sea weekends or sea days aboard the ship, where they learn how to handle and navigate the vessel under the instruction of the permanent RN crew of five. The ship also goes on twice yearly deployments, at Easter and in the summer.

Name: HMS Smiter

Operator: Royal Navy

Builder: Watercraft Marine

Laid down: 1985

Launched: 1985

Completed: 22 January 1986

Commissioned: 4 September 1986

Homeport: HMNB Clyde

Status: in active service, as of 2013

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 M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)

Range: 550 nautical miles (1,020 km; 630 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

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 Sqn.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)

Call Sign: GAAS

IMO: 0

MMSI: 235009950

(1) Source: HMS Smiter

Other URNU Fast Training Boats

In April 2011, a flotilla of three patrol boats arrived in Dover Harbour:

P165 HMS Example

P164 HMS Explorer

P275 HMS Raider

Group photo:

P165 HMS Example, P164 HMS Explorer, P275 HMS Raider, Dover Marina,

End Notes

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 31, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/03/28 08:33:48
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash