HMS Charger (P292)

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HMS Charger at Bangor, 2006
United Kingdom
NameHMS Charger
OperatorRoyal Navy
StatusIn active service
General characteristics
Class and type Archer-class patrol vessel
Displacement54 tonnes
Length20.8 m (68 ft)
Beam5.8 m (19 ft)
Draught1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Propulsion2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp
  • 14 kn (26 km/h)
  • 45 kn (83 km/h) (Hull design, but limited due to engine fitted)
Range550 nmi (1,020 km)
  • 18 (training)[N 1]
  • 12 (operational)
Sensors and
processing systems
Decca 1216 navigation radar

HMS Charger is an Archer-class patrol vessel built by Watercraft Limited, Shoreham-by-Sea and fitted out at Vosper Thornycroft. She is just over 20 metres long and 5.8 metres wide and powered by two Rolls-Royce turbo engines.[1][2] The ship is based at the Royal Naval Headquarters (Merseyside) in Liverpool and was commissioned in 1988. She has five full-time RN crew, and sails with an RNR training officer and a maximum complement of 12 students. She is attached to the Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit.


Charger provides sea training for members of Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit. In 2011 she deployed to the Baltic, visiting ports in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark and transiting both the Caledonian and Kiel Canals. The ship is affiliated to the Cumbrian town of Maryport and regularly visits the town during deployments and for Remembrance Day ceremonies. In 2012, the ship's frequent visits to Preston resulted in the ship being formally adopted by the people of Preston.[3] In 2013, Charger, became the first Royal Navy vessel in the 21st century to make the journey up the River Weaver to Northwich.[4]


During a refit in 2016 she was fitted with upgraded engines.[5]



  1. 5 ship's company, 1 training officer, 12 URNU students.
  2. When operational and not in URNU role.


  1. "Patrol Boats – Archer class". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. "Archer Class P2000 (URNU)". Armed Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. "Thousands at Preston docks for Riversway Festival". BBC News. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. "HMS Charger to visit Northwich". Canal & River Trust. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  5. "HMS Charger back in the water just in time for Arctic Convoys commemoration". Royal Navy. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  6. "A Day Out on HMS Charger". Sandbach School. 11 November 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.

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