HMS SMITER is part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS). 1PBS consists of 16 patrol ships, 14 of which are assigned to URNUs, while the remaining 2 form the Faslane Squadron providing protection to submarines transiting to and from the submarine base HMS CLYDE.
Her primary mission is to support the URNU's activities but she also conducts other Royal Navy tasking. This includes anything from Warfare Officer training to attending high profile events and representing the Royal Navy across the country often with officer cadets embarked to assist.
The Ship's Company of HMS SMITER comprises of 5 full time Royal Navy personnel: the Commanding Officer, 2 senior ratings and 2 junior ratings. They train up to 10 officer cadets for up to 12 days at a time. Sea training affords the officer cadets the opportunity to put into practice the navigation, seamanship skills and theory learnt at weekly Drill Nights during the University term. Throughout the year HMS SMITER takes students to sea for weekends and deployments at Easter and Summer.
At sea the students carry out most of the functions of the Ship's Company. This includes but is not exclusive of catering, cleaning, watch-keeping and carrying out engine rounds. Time on board allows students to work towards gaining much sought after Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications. The students also have the opportunity to go away in their own time to conduct other RYA courses.
In June 2017 HMS SMITER represented the Royal Navy in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS).
BALTOPS is a large multinational NATO exercise the takes place in the Baltic Sea, hosted by the Commander US Naval Forces Europe, testing allied and partner maritime niche capabilities including maritime security tasks. It was the first time that P2000s, with URNU officer cadets on board, were used in a NATO exercise.
Facts about HMS SMITER:
Class: Archer Class P2000
Home port: Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth
Commissioned: Jan 1986
Displacement: 54 tonnes
Complement: 5 personnel
Length: 20.8 Metres
Beam: 5.8 Metres
Draught: 1.9 Metres
Top Speed: 21 Knots
Range: 550 Nautical Miles