HMS Biter (P270)

HMS Biter's primary tasking is in support of Manchester and Salford University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), taking students to sea for weekends in the Irish Sea and for extended periods in UK and foreign waters. 

HMS Biter (P270) is currently on deployment

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Broadening the understanding of the Royal Navy among university students by offering them a taste of life at sea.

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Matthew Smith

Lieutenant Matthew Smith joined the Royal Navy in 2012, he assumed command of HMS Biter March 2019


HMS Biter's role

HMS Biter's role includes supporting Royal Navy exercises and training, working with youth groups and cadets, and engagement with the local community

Manchester & Salford URNU was formed in 1990 to provide training to students from Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford Universities, and to educate them about the Royal Navy. The syllabus is based primarily around navigation and seamanship both ashore and at sea, and also provides opportunities for travel, both around the UK and overseas, and for personal development and leadership training.

These drill nights include theoretical instruction, practical chartwork and an insight into Naval and military activities. Sport and Adventurous Training plays an important role in developing teamwork and leadership within the unit. In addition each student will normally attend three sea-training weekends and a two-week deployment over the Easter or Summer holidays. Recruiting takes place at the start of each academic year in early October.

Unit history

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