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HMS Smiter (P272)

HMS Smiter is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy.[1][2]

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HMS Smiter on the Solent outward bound from Portsmouth Naval Base 17 June 2016.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Smiter
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Watercraft Marine
Laid down: 1985
Launched: 1985
Completed: 22 January 1986
Commissioned: 4 September 1986
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Motto: "Strike hard and often"
Status: in active service
Badge: Hmssmiterurnu.jpg
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

Operational historyEdit

On being accepted into service, she initially served with the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Reserve until 11 October 1990. She then transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Glasgow. In September 2012 she became the training vessel of Oxford University Royal Naval Unit. She replaced HMS Tracker in this role, which transferred to the Faslane Force Protection Squadron.

In June 2017, Smiter, in company with HM Ships Archer, Ranger and Exploit, deployed to the Baltic to take part in the NATO BALTOPS exercise, the first time that Royal Navy P2000's have been involved in such an exercise.[3]


Smiter provides sea training for members of Oxford University Royal Naval Unit.


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


  1. ^ "Patrol Boats – Archer class". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Archer Class P2000 (URNU)". Armed Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ "1st Patrol Boat Squadron's Baltops endeavour". Royal Navy. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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