Sunday, 28 June 2009

'Archer' class patrol boats

Not just one, but four of the small 'Archer' Class patrol boats belonging to the University Royal Navy Units were seen on Sunday afternoon, following the recent arrival of HMS RAIDER in Princes Dock at Glasgow. Congregating for their annual summer deployment up the west coast were, from left to right, EXPLOIT (P167), attached to Birmingham University, RAIDER (P275), attached to Cambridge University, EXAMPLE (P165), attached to Northumbria University and EXPLORER (P164), attached to Yorkshire Universities. EXAMPLE was the first vessel of the class, and was originally a member of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service from 1985 until 1994, prior to being commissioned as as member of the Royal Navy.