HMS Explorer (P164)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Explorer.
HMS Explorer, 2004
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Explorer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Commissioned: 1986
Homeport: Kingston-upon-Hull
Identification: Pennant number: P164
International callsign: GABB
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 54 tonnes[1]
Length: 20.8 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draught: 1.8 m
Propulsion: 2 shafts, Cat C18 ACERT diesels, 873 bhp per shaft
  • 22 kn (41 km/h)
  • 45 kn (83 km/h) (Hull design, but limited due to engine fitted)
Range: 550 nmi (1,020 km)
  • 20 (training)[N 1]
  • 12 (operational)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Decca 1216 navigation radar

HMS Explorer is an Archer-class P2000-type patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy. The ship is assigned to the Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit (URNU), serving the universities of York, Hull, Sheffield and Leeds. The ship is based in Hull and operates on the East coast of the UK.

Westland Sea King helicopter and Explorer, at the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II on 4 June 2012 at the Humber Bridge


  1. ^ 5 ship's company, 1 training officer, up to 14 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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