HMS Smiter is part of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1 PBS). 1 PBS consists of 16 Patrol Craft, 14 of which are assigned to URNUs, while the remaining two form the Faslane Squadron providing protection to submarines transiting to and from the base there.
Her primary mission is to support the URNU's activities but she also conducts other RN tasking. This includes anything from Warfare Officer training to attending high profile events, shows and festivals across the country often with cadets embarked.
The ship's company of HMS Smiter comprises 5 full time Royal Navy personnel: the Commanding Officer, two Senior Rates and two Junior Rates. They train up to ten students for up to fourteen days at a time. During a day's training the students practice navigation and seamanship as well as a wide array of other Naval skills. This gives the opportunity to practice 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 ship allows students to work towards gaining much sought after Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications. The students also get the opportunity to go away in their own time to conduct other RYA courses.
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