HMS Explorer (P164)

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Name: HMS Explorer
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Commissioned: 1986
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer class patrol vessel
Displacement: 49 tons
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
Range: 550 nmi (1,020 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
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 Explorer (P164) is an Archer-class P2000-type patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy.

The ship is assigned to the Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit (URNU), serving the universities of York, Hull, Sheffield and Leeds. The commanding officer is Lieutenant Jonathan Bannister.[citation needed]

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30 July 2009: HMS Explorer was deployed to the Scottish Western Isles in company with HMS Raider, HMS Exploit and HMS Example.