The UK Royal Navy's Archer-class patrol boat HMS Example has returned to the fleet after successfully completing a one-year re-fit programme.
The vessel has been fitted with new engines that will allow it to cruise at a maximum speed of 22k.
Based at the Royal Naval Reserve Base, HMS Calliope, HMS Example belongs to the Royal Navy's first Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS) consisting of 14 patrols boats, and will now be headed by lieutenant Thomas Stapley-Bunten.
HMS Example will join the other patrol boats to contribute to a wide range of fleet tasking.
The vessel’s return to the fleet will also enable the Northumbrian Universities Royal Naval Unit (NURNU) students to explore tasks undertaken onboard a ship, as well as experience the ship's enhanced performance with new engines.
The vessel will also allow the URNU students to undergo frequent sea training to hone their skills at navigation and leadership.
Previously commissioned as an auxiliary service vessel (A153) and used by the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service (RNXS), HMS Example was later designated as P165 and transferred to the University Royal Naval Unit after dismissal of the RNXS.
Image: HMS Example returns to service. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.