HMS Blazer (P279)

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HMS Blazer, 2007
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Blazer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Commissioned: 1988
Motto: "Premier in the First"
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 54 tonnes[1]
Length: 20.8 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draught: 1.8 m
Propulsion: 2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp
  • 14 kn (26 km/h)
  • 45 kn (83 km/h) (Hull design, but limited due to engine fitted)
Range: 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 Nicholas Palmer RN. Wider tasking includes: officer cadet training with Britannia Royal Naval College; VVIP visits; security patrols.

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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