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HMS Example (P165)
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HMS Example (P165)

HMS Example is an Archer Class patrol vessel attached the Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). Her primary role is to provide training to Officer Cadets and prepare them for a career in the Royal Navy.

HMS Example


HMS Example primarily serves as a training vessel for the Northumbrian URNU. Her officer cadets are drawn from the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teeside and Sunderland.

The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to students in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities, with the ultimate aim of teaching them the skills and attributes required for a Naval career.

As the only Royal Navy ship permanently based in Newcastle, HMS Example undertakes a wide variety of engagements in the region. She also supports Royal Navy and NATO exercises around the globe.


The ship and its personnels‘ responsibilities include:

  • Naval experience
  • Naval training
  • Navigation training
  • Officer training
  • Providing support on Royal Navy and NATO exercises
  • Personal development
  • Leadership training
Archer class


Led by Lieutenant Mike Merritt, HMS Example has a permanent ship’s company of five, but can deploy up to 20 personnel, including students and training officers.

HMS Example is based at HMS Calliope in Gateshead. She is proud to be affiliated with HMS Dauntless, HMS Northumberland, 703 Naval Air Squadron, the town of Whitby, Durham School CCF, Newcastle RGS CCF, Sedbergh School CC and Northumberland District Sea Cadet Corps.

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