HMS Blazer (P279)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Blazer.
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HMS Blazer, 2007
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Blazer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Commissioned: 1988
Motto: "Premier in the First"
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 54 tonnes[1]
Length: 20.8 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draught: 1.8 m
  • 14 kn (26 km/h)
  • 45 kn (83 km/h) (Hull design, but limited due to engine fitted)
  • 550 nmi (1,020 km)
  • 18 (training)[N 1]
  • 12 (operational)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Decca 1216 navigation radar

HMS Blazer is an Archer-class patrol vessel of the Royal Navy. She was built by Vosper Thornycroft. She is just over 20 metres long and 5.8 metres wide and powered by two Rolls-Royce turbo engines. The ship is based at HMS Nelson, the shore base in Portsmouth and was commissioned in 1988.

She has four crew plus a commanding officer, and sails with a training officer and a complement of students. She is attached to the Southampton University Royal Naval Unit (SURNU), under the command of Lt Amie Jackson RN, who is also Officer in Charge of the Unit.

In 1993 she was involved in a fishing incident with French trawlers at the port of Cherbourg.


  1. ^ 5 ship's company, 1 training officer, 12 URNU students.
  2. ^ When operational and not in URNU role.


  1. ^ Royal Navy - Patrol Boats - Archer class,, Retrieved 14 June 2014

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