HMS Archer (P264)
HMS Archer at Gare Loch, Scotland
|Launched:||25 June 1985|
|Identification:||Pennant number: P264|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Archer-class patrol vessel|
|Length:||20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||5.8 m (19 ft)|
|Draught:||1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Installed power:||Rolls Royce/Perkins CV12 diesels, 1,590 bhp|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Range:||550 nautical miles (1,020 km; 630 mi) at 15 knots|
|Complement:||5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU)|
|Decca 1216 navigation radar|
|Armament:||None (mounting for 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)|
HMS Archer is the lead ship of the Archer class. As the lead ship she was one of several of her class to be completed in 1985 by Watercraft Marine, the original shipbuilders — most of the remaining vessels were completed or built by Vosper Thornycroft.
Until summer 2012, she was attached to the Aberdeen Universities' Royal Naval Unit (URNU) and was based in Aberdeen Harbour. During this period she was the Royal Navy ship with the most northerly home port.
The Archer class were built as Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) training vessels, but after limited use they were transferred to URNU service.
Archer became the training ship of the Aberdeen URNU in 1991, succeeding Chaser. The role of a training ship within an URNU is to provide opportunities for students to receive practical training and gain experience afloat. Archer's programme is generally divided into two durations of training - a weekend or the longer deployments that take place during the university Easter and summer holidays.
Activities onboard include navigation and seamanship training, breakdown or man overboard exercises and visits from local dignitaries or senior RN officers.
Deployments in the Easter and summer holidays venture further afield, Archer has visited ports from the Western Isles and east coast of Britain to the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the Baltic. These longer deployments are often undertaken in company with other ships such as Example and Explorer.
The Aberdeen URNU operated from 1967 until 2012 before being disbanded. At the time of closure various reasons were presented ranging from the universities lack of academic prestige to its poor public visibility. The Aberdeen Universities military education committee asked for written clarification of the situation however to date this has never been received.
Archer is permanently crewed by five RN personnel, and is captained by a lieutenant. Chief petty officers fill the roles of executive officer and marine engineering officer, and the yeoman and weapons engineering officer are junior rates of the appropriate service branches.
With students embarked (up to a maximum of 11), a training officer is usually present who is typically a RNR lieutenant or sub-lieutenant.
AURNU Mission Statement
“The aim of AURNU is to sail around a bit and develop undergraduates who show alcoholic tendencies to become the leaders of tomorrow's job centre, through excessive drinking, inbreeding and exposure to dodgy dits”
1991-1993 Lt J R H Clink RN
1993-1995 Lt Cdr G D MacDonald RN
1995-1997 Lt Cdr M P Pollock RN
1997-1999 Lt J L Clark RN
1999-2003 Lt Cdr I C Wiseman RN
2001-2003 Lt P J Hammond RN
2003-2005 Lt Cdr S M Armstrong RN
2005-2007 Lt S L Coulton RN
2007-2009 Lt Cdr J Wells RN
2009-2011 Lt M R Hutchinson RN
2011-Present Lt J N Martin RN
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to HMS Archer (P264).|
- Aberdeen Universities Royal Naval Unit
- BBC Scotland News Report of HMS Archer facing navy review (15 April 2010)