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HMS Exploit (P167)
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HMS Exploit (P167)

HMS Exploit is one of the 14 Archer Class patrol vessels that form the Coastal Forces Squadron. 

HMS Exploit


HMS Exploit is primarily tasked with Inshore Maritime Security and Navigational training, although she also accepts students from University Royal Navy Units in the region.


As a training vessel, HMS Exploit embarks young Officers to conduct pilotage and seamanship evolutions in preparation for qualifying courses.


HMS Exploit also undertakes a variety of wider Fleet operations, including supporting Royal Navy and NATO exercises across the world, security patrols and integration with other maritime agencies to protect UK Waters.


HMS Exploit is based at HMNB Portsmouth. She is proud to have affiliations with:

  • HMS Daring
  • 845 Naval Air Squadron
  • Berkeley
  • Hereford Cathedral School CCF
  • TS Minerva, the Rhondda Sea Cadet Corps
  • King Edwards School CCF, Birmingham
  • Brownhills Guide Unit, Walsall
  • The University of Birmingham
  • Lordswood Boys School CCF
Archer class


Led by lieutenant Cameron Osborn, the crew of HMS Exploit is made up of a permanent staff of five: a commanding officer, two senior rates and two junior rates. They can also be joined by students accompanied by training officers. Together, their roles and responsibilities include:

• Maritime Security
• Navigation and Seamanship training
• Providing support on Royal Navy and NATO exercises such as BALTOPS and JOINT WARRIER
• Regional development and engagement
• Leadership training

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