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HMS Smiter (P272)
HMS Smiter (P272).jpg
HMS Smiter on the River Clyde flanked by two Rigid Raiders from the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Smiter
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Watercraft Marine
Laid down: 1985
Launched: 1985
Completed: 22 January 1986
Commissioned: 4 September 1986
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Status: in active service, as of 2021
Badge: Hmssmiterurnu.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: Archer class patrol vessel
Displacement: 49 long ton
Length: 20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)
Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Draught: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Range: 550 nautical miles (1,020 km; 630 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU) or 12 (RN)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Decca 1216 navigation radar
Armament: 3 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG (Cyprus Sqn.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)

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

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 Oxford University Royal Naval Unit . She replaced HMS Tracker in this role, which transferred to the Faslane Force Protection Squadron.

The Oxford University Royal Naval Unit is one of 14 URNUs supporting the countries' leading Universities in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation's Mission is to "educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates who show potential as society's future leaders and opinion formers in order to better inform them of the need for and role of the Royal Navy, and to develop awareness of career opportunities in the Service."

Students from the URNU get the chance to deploy on sea weekends or sea days aboard the ship, where they learn how to handle and navigate the vessel under the instruction of the permanent RN crew of five. The ship also goes on twice yearly deployments, at Easter and in the summer.

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The motto of HMS Smiter is 'strike hard and often'.

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