Outwardly identical to 14 Archer-class, P.2000-design training patrol boats delivered to Britain's Royal Navy between 1985 and 1988, HMS Tracker was completed on 12 January 1998 and was to be followed by a second sister, the Raider. All but 2 of the 16 craft are unarmed and now are assigned to the Inshore Training Squadron; the other 2, the Ranger and the Trumpeter, are used in local patrol duties at Gibraltar and carry a single 20mm gun forward. The earlier 49-ton (full load displacement) craft can reach 22.5 knots, while the new pair have more powerful MTU diesels that can drive them at 25 knots. Normal complement is 1 officer and 4 enlisted, and 13 trainees can be accommodated. Their 68-foot-long hulls are made of glass-reinforced plastic.
By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World