HMS Pursuer

HMS Pursuer is the training vessel for Glasgow and Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), located in the Glasgow University grounds and is based in HM Naval Base Clyde.

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Sea training for the URNU students is conducted over weekends, making use of the Clyde area, and further away during Easter and Summer vacations, building on the instruction given during Thursday Drill Nights ashore.

Glasgow & Strathclyde URNU provides a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates in the Glasgow area to build navigation and leadership skills, take part in sports and adventurous training and enjoy challenges and adventures.

We also administer support for RN-sponsored undergraduates in southern Scotland.

Recruiting takes place each September and our members can be found at university Freshers’ events.

Glasgow URNU contact details:

Glasgow URNU, 85 University Place, Glasgow, G12 8SU

Tel: 0141 337 1666

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Unit History

First HMS Pursuer1942

The first, formerly the St George was launched in the United States on 18 July 1942,operated by the RN under Lend-Lease; she was returned to the Americans on 12 February 1946.

Second HMS Pursuer1944

The second was the tank landing ship LST 3504, built by Vickers in Montreal and launched on 3 November 1944.


She was renamed Pursuer in 1947, and became the Ministry of Transport ship Empire Tern in 1956 before being broken up in 1969.

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Commanding Officer Thomas Parsons

Rank: Lieutenant

Lieutenant Thomas Parsons joined the Royal Navy in 2013, he assumed command of HMS Pursuer in Apr 2017

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HMS Pursuer has a top speed of 22 knots

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