HMS Puncher (P291)

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HMS Puncher at Portsmouth, 2008
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Puncher
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Completed: 1988
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Motto: "Never give in"
Nickname(s): "The Mighty Puncher"
Honours and
Battle of the Atlantic
Status: In active service, as of 2016
Badge: HMS PUNCHER.gif
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 54 tonnes
Length: 20.8 m (68 ft)
Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Draught: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
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 Puncher is an Archer-class patrol vessel of the Royal Navy.[1][2] She is permanently based at HMNB Portsmouth and forms part of the First Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS). Puncher is primarily tasked with training the officer cadets and midshipmen of the University of London's University Royal Naval Unit (London URNU). She also provides a training platform for young officers undertaking training during the Royal Navy's initial warfare officers' course, and has also been used in the coastal protection role, most notably during Operation Olympic, the security operation surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Puncher operates from HMNB Portsmouth conducting navigation training in and around the Solent. She also regularly deploys out of area, often in the company of other P2000s, with the task of providing practical navigation and seamanship training to the ship's students. Recent deployments have included the Baltic and Northern Europe. Puncher attended Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) in 2011 with her sister ship Express and ships from several navies.

Ship's company[edit]

Puncher has a permanent crew of five regular Royal Navy personnel, one officer and four ratings, who fulfil the minimum necessary seagoing compliment of the vessel, these are:

The ship's company is also regularly boosted by up to 12 (more typically 10) URNU officer cadets and midshipmen who are normally accompanied by a Royal Naval Reserve training officer. Alternately the berths may be used by any other personnel who are required to live aboard.


Like most Royal Navy ships, Puncher is affiliated with various organisations and a port, these are shown below:[3]

  • Borough of Eastbourne
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • The Worshipful Company of Bakers
  • Moira House Girls School
  • Eastbourne
  • HMS Westminster
  • HMS Talent
  • TS Dundas (Harrow and Wembley Sea Cadet unit)
  • Shiplake College CCF
  • Little Ship Club


  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 4 June 2018
  2. ^ "archer class". armed
  3. ^ Royal Navy - HMS Puncher - Affiliations,

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