Sunday, 15 April 2018

British patrol annex training vessel HMS Smiter (P272) 1985-

Schelde off Vlissingen. Netherlands 2 April 2018

Of the Archer-class. Laid down and launched in 1985 at Watercraft Marine Ltd, Shoreham, completed on 22 January 1986 and commissioned on 4 September. Until 11 October 1990 part of the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Reserve, next handed over to the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Glasgow, Scotland and since September 2010 used by the Oxford University Royal Naval Unit as training vessel. Displacement 49-54 tonnes and as dimensions 20,8 x 5,8 x 1,8 metres. Or 68’3”x 19’x 5’11”Speed maximum 13 knots. Range 550 nautical miles. Homeport HMNB Clyde. Her crew numbers 18 men. Armament consisted of 3-7,62mm machineguns and a possibility for placing 1-2cm gun.