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in active service, as of 2022|
|Class and type:||
Archer class patrol vessel|
20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)|
5.8 m (19 ft)|
1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp|
550 nmi (1,020 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (URNU) or 12 (RN)|
Decca 1216 navigation radar|
3 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG (Cyprus Sqn.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)|
HMS Ranger is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy, based in HMNB Portsmouth. She is affiliated to Sussex University Royal Naval Unit (or URNU), which has its offices at the University of Sussex, Brighton. The current CO of Ranger is Lt Simon Latus.
HMS Ranger was built at Shoreham-by-Sea by Watercraft Ltd. in 1987 and was originally allocated to the Forth Division of the Royal Naval Reserve for Junior Officer training. In 1991 she went to Gibraltar with HMS Trumpeter to form the Gibraltar Squadron, and returned to the UK to become Sussex URNU's allocated P2000 in early 2004. Her badge is a ship's wheel superimposed on 7 blue roundels, representing the seven seas.
Being a cadet training ship, Ranger is not equipped with live weaponry unless required for a supervised training exercise. It is fitted for - but not with - a 20mm 85 GAM Cannon, as well as storage for four standard service rifles and two GPMGs.