Allied Warships

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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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Laid down (37)

1910: US Navy Battleship Arkansas (BB 33)

1915: Royal Navy Battlecruiser Renown (72) - Royal Navy Battlecruiser Repulse (34)

1929: Royal Dutch Navy Minelayer Nautilus (M 12)

1932: French Navy Large destroyer L'Indomptable

1933: Royal Navy Light cruiser Arethusa (26)

1936: Soviet Navy Submarine L-17

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Sudbury (K 162) - US Navy Battleship Wisconsin (BB 64)

1942: US Navy Patrol craft PC-564 (PC-564)

1943: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-285 (LCI(L)-285) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2280 (J 1080) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Larne (ii) (J 274) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-285 (LCI(L)-285) - US Navy Light cruiser Atlanta (ii) (CL 104) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Chatelain (DE 149) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-285 (LCI(L)-285) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1139 (PC-1139) - US Navy Patrol craft PCS-1413 (PCS-1413) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 329 - US Navy Fleet tug Sarsi (ATF 111) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-280 (YMS-280) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-405 (YMS-405)

1944: US Navy Destroyer J. William Ditter (DM 31) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Jaccard (DE 355) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-563 (LCI(L)-563) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 639 (LCT 639) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 662 (LCT 662) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 720 (LCT 720) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 779 (LCT 779) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 857 (LCT 857) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 691 (LST 691) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 734 (LST 734) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE(R)-860 (PCE(R)-860) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 539

1945: US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1142 (LST 1142) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 604

Launched (40)

1913: Royal Navy MS Trawler Rodino (FY 840)

1916: Royal Navy Mooring vessel Buffalo

1917: US Navy Battleship Mississippi (BB 41)

1924: Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine B-3

1928: Royal Navy MS Trawler Elizabeth Angela (FY 767)

1935: French Navy Torpedo boat La Pomone

1936: Royal Indian Navy Auxiliary patrol vessel St. Anthony (4.149) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Dunnottar Castle (F 34) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Kingston Cyanite (FY 217)

1939: Soviet Navy Submarine M-57

1940: Royal Navy Escort destroyer Exmoor (i) (L 61) - Royal Navy Tug Impetus (W 60)

1941: US Navy Submarine Gudgeon (211)

1942: US Navy Patrol craft PC-486 (PC-486)

1943: Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2067 (J 867) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Elfreda (J 402) - Royal Hellenic Navy Minesweeper Salaminia (M 205) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-191 (LCI(L)-191) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-192 (LCI(L)-192) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1242 (PC-1242) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 220 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-729 (SC-729)

1944: Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Loch Morlich (K 517) - Royal Canadian Navy Corvette West York (K 369) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1121 (LCT 1121) - Royal Navy Frigate Loch Morlich (K 517) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Edwin A. Howard (DE 346) - US Navy Anti-aircraft cruiser Flint (CL 97) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Frybarger (DE 705) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-544 (LCI(L)-544) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 811 (LCT 811) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 967 (LCT 967) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 519 (LST 519) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 530 (LST 530) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 541 (LST 541) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 431 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 432 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 517 - US Navy Destroyer Taussig (DD 746)

1945: US Navy Escort carrier Bairoko (CVE 115)

Commissioned (37)

1912: Royal Dutch Navy Minelayer Hydra

1918: Royal Navy Destroyer Vortigern (D 37)

1919: US Navy Destroyer Elliot (DMS 4)

1929: Royal Navy Submarine Osiris (N 67) - Royal Dutch Navy Destroyer Piet Hein (PH)

1932: Italian Navy Submarine Luigi Settembrini - Soviet Navy Light cruiser Kraznyi Kavkaz

1936: US Navy Submarine Shark (i) (174)

1939: Royal Navy Destroyer Matabele (F 26) - US Navy Destroyer Jouett (DD 396)

1941: Royal Navy Ocean boarding vessel Hilary (F 22) - Royal Navy Corvette Sunflower (K 41)

1942: Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 463 (ML 463) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Notre Dame de France (FY 363)

1943: Royal Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1251 (ML 1251) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-299 (LCI(L)-299) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 115 (MGB 115) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 652 (MTB 652) - Royal Norwegian Navy Motor Launch ML 573 (ML 573) - US Navy Destroyer Harrison (DD 573) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-346 (LCI(L)-346) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-85 (LCI(L)-85) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 346 (LST 346) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 205 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1044 (SC-1044) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-771 (SC-771) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-184 (YMS-184) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-397 (YMS-397)

1944: Royal Navy Frigate Dominica (K 507) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Forster (DE 334) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-409 (LCI(L)-409) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 311 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 509

1945: US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 371 (LSM 371) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 425 (LSM 425) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 451 (LSM 451) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 904 (LST 904)

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 25 January (2)


1943: Royal Navy Minelayer Corncrake (M 82)

1944: US Navy Minesweeper YMS-30 (YMS-30)

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General Events on 25 January


1940

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Cdr. G.C. Phillips, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth. Late in the evening and when nearly at Blyth Ursula was ordered to turn back to Rosyth where she arrived early next moring.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Mombasa for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean. For the daily positions of HMS Otus during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Hong Kong.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) conducted exercises in the Malacca Strait together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) conducted mine laying exercises off Portmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Swordfish: HMS Swordfish (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) was docked at Dundee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triton: HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, RN) conducted speed trials in Gare Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Rosyth with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I Horton, RN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Portsmouth together with HMS Ursula (Cdr. G.C. Phillips, DSO, RN) and ORP Wilk (Lt. B. Krawczyk). They were ordered to return to Rothesay the next day due to enemy submarines operation of the east coast of the U.K.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) ended her 2d war patrol at Plymouth. [For the period February - April 1940 there are no logs available for HMS H 43, therefore no details of her opertions can be given. She was at Plymouth the entire time besides for her 3rd war patrol.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). [For the month of February 1940 no details of the operations of HMS H 44 can be given as there is no log available.]

1941

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) dropped anchor off St. Helena. The oiler Laurelwood then came alongside to supply fuel to the Dorsetshire.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: At 1510 hours, near position 60°53'N, 03°47'E, a loud explosion was heard on board the submerged HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN). Three minutes later a second loud explosion was heard. It might have been that O 23 was attacked by an aircraft. Lt.Cdr. van Erkel took O 23 deep.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted exercises in Inchmarnock Water. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at the Chatham Dockyard where she was to refit.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) proceeded from Glasgow to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Bonaventure (i): HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.G. Egerton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. [See the event 'Operation MBD 2' for 22 January 1941 for more info.]

Free French Navy Large destroyer FFL Léopard: Due to fuel shortage, L?opard left the group and turned back.

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Garland: Due to fuel shortage, L?opard left the group and turned back.

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Piorun: At night, the 7th Destroyer Flotilla (including Piorun) left Scapa Flow with main forces of Home Fleet. The Allied ships were trying to intercept the German battlecrusiers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau that were breaking into the Atlantic. The 7th Destroyer Flotilla was ordered to provide cover for HMS Nelson, HMS Rodney and HMS Repulse.

1942

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter: Most likely, HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), arrived at Batavia today. It appears she must have sailed later on the same day, most likely after having fuelled. She made rendez-vous with convoy BM 11 west of the Sunda Strait the next day.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: Early in the morning HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed the escort of convoy BM 10 and proceeded to Pladjoe (Pladju, Palembang) to refuel. They arrived at Pladjoe (Pladju) to refuel at 1800 hours.

US Navy Submarine USS Triton: USS Triton (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Lent) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Sargo: USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Jacobs) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies. Here she offloaded her own ammunition and took onboard one million rounds of .30 calibre ammunition desperately needed by Allied forces in the Philippines. After delivering this cargo to Mindanao, she returned to Soerabaja with 24 air crewmen from Clark Airfield on board.

US Navy Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. W.E. Ferrall, USN) attacked an emeny merchant / transport vessel with two torpedoes off Cape Varella. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone H, -8) 0818 hours - Sound reported screws bearing 010°(T). 0820 hours - Sighted a loaded merchant vessel bearing 025°(T) on course 175°(T), speed 10 knots. Started attack. 0825 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1650 yards. No hits were obtained.

US Navy Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Darwin for her 2nd war patrol. she was ordered to patrol in the Moluccas.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Reynolds, RN) was undocked. Due to the strain on the dockyard, air raids, other priorities, delays in equipment that had to be shipped from the U.K. and the lack of skilled labour available little work had been done on Rover. It was Lt.Cdr. Reynolds estimate that it would take at least three more months before Rover's refit would be completed. Due to the Japanese advance plans were made to tow her away from Singapore as she was not able to proceed under her own power.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thorn: HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) attempts to carry out special operation ' Hydra '. A party of four was to be landed at Petrovac, Croatia. Due to the worsening weather conditions the attempt had to be abandoned. It was decided to proceed towards Mljet Island to carry out operation ' Henna '. A party of two had to be landed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Utmost: While on passage from Gibraltar for Holy Loch HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) is ordered to take up a patrol position South-West of Brest, France (in position 47°25'N, 06°30'W). The passage now became her 18th war patrol.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian passenger ship Dalmatia L. (3352 GRT, built 1903) south-west of Capo dell'Armi in position 37°45'N, 15°30'E. Dalmatia L. was escorted by the torpedo boat Giuseppe Sirtori. Dalmatia L. was hit in the forward section and was abandoned by her crew but she did not sink immediately. Sirtori was joined by the torpedo boat Giuseppe Cesare Abba which had observed the torpedoing from a distance. Depth charges were dropped and then efforts were made to take the stricken vessel in tow. The tug Titano arrived to take in charge of the towing and part of the crew of Dalmatia L. returned aboard their ship but at 0140/26 she finally broke in two and foundered. (All times are zone -1) 1305 hours - Sighted the upperworks of a merchant vessel and one other ship bearing 350°, range was about 10000 yards. Started attack and closed at high speed. 1326 hours - The target was a heavily laden merchant ship of about 7000 tons escorted by an older type torpedo boat. 1339 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 5000 yards. 1343 hours - Heard a torpedo explosion. H.E. of the target ceased. 1346 hours - A counter attack commenced. 9 Depth charges were dropped in the next 10 minutes. Only one was close. 1354 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The merchant vessel was seen to be stopped with a slight list to post. The torpedo-boat remained near the merchant vessel dropping a further 16 depth charges at irregular intervals until 1600 hours.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 36: In the evening HMS P 36 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol to the west of Tripoli.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Sheerness where she was to refit.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

US Navy Submarine USS S-38: USS S-38 (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) departed from Surabaya for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Makassar Strait off Balikpapan.

US Navy Submarine USS S-41: USS S-41 (Lt. G.M. Holley, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the Dutch destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) and the US submarine USS Thresher (Cdr. W.J. Millican).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XI: From 25 to 29 January 1943, HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN), participated in A/S exercises off Bombay.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) returned to Rothesay because of a defect.

US Navy Submarine USS Thresher: USS Thresher (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Millican) departed from Fremantle for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Netherlands East Indies.

US Navy Submarine USS Spearfish: USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Whale: USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Syoyo Maru. Before the tanker can be finished off, Whale was forced down by it's escort.

US Navy Submarine USS Gurnard: USS Gurnard (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Andrews, USN) departed Rosneath, Scotland for New London, Connecticut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) until 0730/27 when HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) took over the escort.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) is undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 11th war patrol. She is to patrol North of Sicily. (No log is available so no map can be displayed.)

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) is taken in hand for repairs and also for the fitting of RDF (radar) at the Devonport Dockyard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (also 12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to conduct special operation Felicity (or Felice) in the Gulf of Hammamet. For the daily positions of HMS P 42 during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the small Italian tanker Teodolinda (361 GRT, built 1925) off Hammamet, Tunisia. (All times are zone -1) 1230 hours - Sighted a small tanker anchored 3 cables to the westward of Hammamet Fort, close inshore. She was seen to be in ballast. 1303 hours - In position 36°23'N, 10°36'E fired one torpedo from 1500 yards. This torpedo was seen to run under. It appeared the attack was not noticed by the enemy. 1325 hours - Fired another torpedo. It hit in the engine room.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS P 53 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick later the same day for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off And Fjord in Northern Norway. For the daily positions of HMS P 53 see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr. (Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises H 28 proceeded to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Sheerness Roads.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 26: HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Takoradi together with HMS Orfasy (T/A/Skr.Lt. G.A. Whichello, DSC, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises she departed for Pointe Noire.

1944

Royal Canadian Navy Frigate HMCS Wentworth: HMCS Wentworth (T/Lt.Cdr. S.W. Howell, RCNR) arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia from Esquimalt, British Columbia.

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) fuelled at sea from USS Platte (Cdr. C.H. Cigel, USNR).

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: During 25/26 January 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. F.J. Wylie, RN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) shifted from Holy Loch to Larne.

US Navy Submarine USS Raton: USS Raton (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Davis) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

US Navy Submarine USS Billfish: During the night of 25/26 January 1944, USS Billfish (Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN), made the northbound passage of Lombok Strait on the surface.

US Navy Submarine USS Bowfin: USS Bowfin (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) departed Darwin to resume her 3rd war patrol.

US Navy Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel to the west coast of Formosa. Four torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. (All times are zone -8) 0628 hours - In position 24°19'N, 122°06'E sighted smoke on the horizon to the north. Closed on four engines. Made out two 'Maru's ' through the periscope. 0639 hours - Dived as it got lighter. Range was about 25000 yards. Continued to close while at periscope depth. Everything looked good. No aircraft or escorts were sighted. The convoy's speed was 8 to 10 knots. 0700 hours - The two ships started zig-zagging. Continued to run in. 0804 hours - Now had come to close to the coast. Decided to make an end around and start another attack. 1155 hours - Surfaced and commenced an end around on four engines. Had planned to surace an hour earlier but the SD radar was out of action and had to be repaired. Knew they would be hugging the coast so headed down about 15 nautical miles off the coast of Formosa for a night attack. 1914 hours - In position 23°06'N, 121°30'E made radar contact with two vessels, which were hugging the coast very closely. Range was 11000 yards. Commenced tracking and approach went up ahead to a sport which offered deep water up close up to the beach. As the range closed it became apparent that these ships were not the same ships as this morning. One of them could have been but the other ships 'pip' was much smaller and must be an escort vessel. 2058 hours - In position 22°54'N, 121°19'E commenced firing four bow torpedoes from 2100 yards at the large 'pip'. The target and escort were not sighted before firing because of the dark background of the land. No hits were seen nor heard and also no end of run explosions were heard. 2101 hours - The escort opened up with a 3" or 4" gun but it did not seem to be firing on Archerfish which was in the meantime retiring to seaward.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Victrix (T/Lt. R.H. McDonald, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Port Said for Beirut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted exercises off Aden.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel South of Svinvær, Rødøy, Norway. 4 Torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. (All times are zone -1) 1146 hours - ASDIC reported a ship. Started attack. 1158 hours - In position 66°43'N, 13°08'E fired 4 torpedoes against a merchant ship of 1000 to 1500 tons that was escorted by a trawler. Range was 2750 yards. No hits were obtained. 1210 hours - The target and the trawler were seen proceeding as before. The attack appears to have been not noticed. The target might have been the Norwegian merchant (in German service) Kong Dag (1862 GRT, built 1923, offsite link), escorted by the German patrol vessel V-6104.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners. These included exercises with HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) and later with HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) departed Capri for Naples. They were escorted by HMS ML 560 (T/Lt. R. Edelsten-Pope, RANVR). They arrived at Naples later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vigorous: HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted calibration trials off Fairlie.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. J.A. Wingate, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Obdurate: At 18.33 hrs on 25 January 1944 while in position 73°28'N, 21°30'E, HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) was damaged by a Gnat-torpedo from German U-boat U-360 while escorting convoy JW 56A to North Russia. The U-boat missed the damaged destroyer with a torpedo at 18.44 hrs.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Savage: HMS Savage (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, DSO, RN) picks up 56 survivors from the American merchant Penelope Barker that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-278 about 115 nautical miles from the North Cape in position 73°22'N, 22°30'E.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Nigella: The British merchant Fort la Maune is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-188 east-north-east of Socotra Island in position 13°04'N, 56°30'E. HMS Nigella (T/Lt. C.L.L. Davies, RNVR) later picks up 56 survivors.

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

French Navy Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1945

US Navy Destroyer USS Ault: USS Ault (Cdr. J.C. Wylie, Jr.) arrived back at Ulithi.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. P.J.S. de Jong, RNN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

US Navy Submarine USS Greenling: During an attack on a Japanese convoy USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) is damaged by depth charges in position 29°27'N, 130°09'E and is forced to terminate her patrol.

US Navy Submarine USS Silversides: USS Silversides (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Nichols) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Malay Maru (4556 GRT) south of Kyusyu, Japan in position 31°18'N, 130°08'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Lapon: USS Lapon (Lt.Cdr. D.G. Bear) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Bowfin: USS Bowfin (Cdr. A.K. Tyree, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Honshu, Japan. She was escorted out by USS PC-485 and USS PC-487. For daily and attack positions of USS Bowfin during this patrol see the map below.

US Navy Submarine USS Hackleback: With her trials and initial training completed USS Hackleback (Lt.Cdr. Frederick Emery Janney) departed from the Panama Canal Zone bound for Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Hackleback: USS Hackleback (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Janney, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Bullhead: USS Bullhead (Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Pomfret: USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu, Japan.

US Navy Submarine USS Sterlet: USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. Hugh Howard Lewis) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

US Navy Submarine USS Piper: With her trials and initial training completed USS Piper (Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Japan.

US Navy Submarine USS Trepang: USS Trepang (Cdr. Allen Russell Faust) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol of Honshu, Japan.

US Navy Submarine USS Tirante: USS Tirante (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Street, III, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (A/Lt.Cdr. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) fired two torpedoes at a coaster moored at a pier at Ulee Lhoe, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies. Both torpedoes missed due to malfunctions. (All times are zone -6.5) 0540 hours - Dived and set course to investigate the Ulee Lhoe Anchorage. 0832 hours - Fired two torpedoes at a coaster (approx. 300 tons). The first torpedo ran 4 degrees to the right. The second torpedo commenced circling so went deep. Bottomed at 50 feet. Retired from the area shortly afterwards.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Selene: HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Port Blair, Andaman Islands. No logs are available for this period. Also the patrol report does not mention daily positions so no map can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Totem: HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tapir: HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra (Lt. W.D.S. Scott, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR), HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS Unsparing (Lt. J.M.C. Fenton, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She was now assigned to training duties.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upshot: HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Virtue: HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Varsova with HMIS Ramdas (T/Lt. H.D. Baker, RINR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Visigoth: HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Votary: HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Marjoribanks, RN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. J.R. Edmands, USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise: USS Enterprise returned to Ulithi.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vengeful: HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Loch Alsh. They were escorted by HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN).

Italian Navy Submarine IT Vortice: Vortice departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Port Everglades, Florida, USA.

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