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 (29)

1918: US Navy Patrol craft PE-27 (PE-27)

1920: US Navy Submarine S-48 (159)

1935: French Navy Battleship Richelieu - Soviet Navy Heavy cruiser Kirov

1938: Brazilian Navy Minelayer Camaqua (C 6)

1941: US Navy Patrol craft PC-467 (PC-467)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-249 (LCI(L)-249) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-247 (LCI(L)-247) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-248 (LCI(L)-248) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-249 (LCI(L)-249) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-250 (LCI(L)-250) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 614 (LCT 614) - Royal Navy Submarine Totem (P 352) - US Navy Minesweeper Jubilant (AM 255) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-247 (LCI(L)-247) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-248 (LCI(L)-248) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-249 (LCI(L)-249) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-250 (LCI(L)-250) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 172 (LCT 172) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 495 (LCT 495) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 19 (LST 19) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1131 (PC-1131) - US Navy Destroyer Tingey (DD 539)

1943: US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-504 (LCI(L)-504)

1944: US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-116 (LCS(L)-116) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1457 (LCT 1457) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1458 (LCT 1458) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1459 (LCT 1459) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 899 (LST 899)

Launched (43)

1918: Royal Navy Barrage / Gate vessel BV 42 - US Navy Destroyer Du Pont (DD 152)

1927: Royal Navy Heavy cruiser Devonshire (39)

1929: Italian Navy Submarine Luciano Manara

1934: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Loch Melfort (FY 151) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Sindonis (FY 120)

1938: Brazilian Navy Minelayer Cananéia (C 2) - Brazilian Navy Minelayer Carioca (C 1)

1941: Royal Indian Navy MS Trawler Baroda (T 249) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 165 (LCT 165) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 135 (J 635) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Whiting (T 232) - US Navy Submarine Trigger (237)

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-101 (LCI(L)-101) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-167 (LCI(L)-167) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-168 (LCI(L)-168) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 184 (MGB 184) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1023 (FY 1023) - Royal Navy Submarine Thule (P 325) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Gilmore (DE 18) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-101 (LCI(L)-101) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-167 (LCI(L)-167) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-168 (LCI(L)-168) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-26 (LCI(L)-26) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 208 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 87 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1000 (SC-1000) - US Navy Destroyer Trathen (DD 530) - Soviet Navy Motor minesweeper T 122

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-489 (LCI(L)-489) - US Navy Minesweeper Incessant (AM 248) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-489 (LCI(L)-489) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 547 (LCT 547) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 496 (LST 496) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 51 (LST 51) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 409

1944: Royal Navy MS Trawler Scaraway (T 425) - United States Coast Guard Cutter Iroquois (WPG 43) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-113 (LCS(L)-113) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-44 (LCS(L)-44) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-45 (LCS(L)-45) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1455 (LCT 1455) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 955 (LST 955)

Commissioned (40)

1918: Royal Navy MS Trawler Foyle (T 48)

1920: US Navy Destroyer Childs (AVD 1) - US Navy Destroyer Peary (DD 226)

1933: Soviet Navy Submarine L-1

1934: United States Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WPG 80)

1939: Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Dunnottar Castle (F 34) - Soviet Navy Destroyer Bditelnyi - Soviet Navy Flotilla leader Tashkent

1941: Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 344 (ML 344) - US Navy Destroyer Bristol (i) (DD 453)

1942: Royal Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1136 (ML 1136) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-6 (LCI(L)-6) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-7 (LCI(L)-7) - Royal Navy Destroyer Quilliam (G 09) - Royal Navy Motor Launch RML 537 (RML 537) - US Navy Minesweeper Engage (AM 93) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 476 (LCT 476) - US Navy Oiler Patuxent (AO 44) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-582 (PC-582) - US Navy Submarine Chaser SC 1466 (SC 1466) - US Navy Submarine Chaser SC 1467 (SC 1467) - US Navy Submarine Chaser SC 1468 (SC 1468) - US Navy Submarine Chaser SC 1469 (SC 1469)

1943: Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Matane (K 444) - Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Portage (J 331) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Chamois (J 28) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Magic (J 400) - Royal Navy Rescue Tug Patroclus (W 118) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Foreman (DE 633) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 278 (LST 278) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 44 (LST 44) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-298 (YMS-298) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-394 (YMS-394)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-97 (LCI(L)-97) - US Navy High speed transport Crosley (APD 87) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-879 (LCI(L)-879) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 91 (LSM 91)

1945: Royal Navy Destroyer Nepal (G 25) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 557 (LSM 557) - US Navy Escort carrier Rendova (CVE 114)

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 22 October (7)


1940: Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer Margaree (H 49) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Hickory (T 116) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Joseph Button

1941: Royal Navy MS Trawler Alder (T 84)

1943: Royal Navy Escort destroyer Hurworth (L 28) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Orfasy (T 204)

1953: Royal Navy Motor Fishing Vessel MFV 26 (MFV 26)

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General Events on 22 October


1939

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) made a short stop at Singapore before continuing her passage to Colombo later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Undine (i): HMS Undine (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Jackson, RN) departed Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Denmark and in the Heligoland Bight. For the daily positions of HMS Undine during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shark (i): HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Salmon: HMS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.O. Bickford, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) arrived at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She is to perform an anti-submarine patrol off the West coast of Scotland near St. Kilda. She is escorted by HMS Sturdy as far as Dunnet Head. For the daily positions of HMS Triumph during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.F. Jenks, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. [At Portsmouth H 32 was docked, date currently unknown to us].

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt.Cdr. B.T. Simons, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at 'Port A' (Loch Ewe).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth.

1940

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H. Tichelman, RNN) arrived at Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. She then continued her refit at Newcastle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for Newcastle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: Upon completion of her short refit HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) departed from Ardrossan for Holy Loch where she arrived later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) engages the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli with torpedoes and gunfire about 20 nautical miles North-West of the Gironde estuary. All six torpedoes fired missed their target. Four rounds were fired with the deck gun but these missed as well. Tazzoli meanwhile dived to safety. 0630 hours - In position 45°49'N, 01°43'W sighted a black object bearing 240°. Soon after the object was identified as an Italian submarine steering course 123°. Started attack. 0644 hours - Started firing a salvo of six torpedoes from tubes 1,2,3,4,7 and 8. Range was 3000 yards. About 10 seconds after firing the first torpedo (and 3 seconds after firing the second torpedo) a violent explosion occurred close ahead of Talisman. The remaining torpedoes were fired with a 8 second delay. All torpedoes missed ahead as the speed of the target was over estimated. 0647 hours - Dived. A bad leak was discovered forward. Talisman hit the bottom at 159 feet. Lt.Cdr. Francis decided to surface to reduce the pressure of the incoming water. There was also a possibility that Talisman was unable to submerge again so it was intended to get clear to the Westward before daylight. 0656 hours - Surfaced. The enemy submarine was in sight bearing 165°, range 4000 yards. Engaged with the deck gun. Four rounds were fired before the enemy was seen to dive. Continued to retired to the West. Soon after it was discovered that Talisman was not leaking forward but that a valve of one of the external torpedo tubes was leaking.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Rescue Tug HMS Salvonia: HMRT Salvonia (Lt. G.M.M. Robinson, RNR) picks up survivors from the British merchant Port Gisborne that was torpedoed and sunk on 11 October 1940 by German U-boat U-48 West-South-West of Rockall in position 56°38'N, 16°40'W. HMRT Salvonia also picks up 16 survivors from the Canadian merchant Saint Mal? that was torpedoed and sunk on 12 October 1940 off Rockall in position 57°58'N, 16°32'W also by German U-boat U-48.

1941

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter: HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) departed Bombay for Colombo.

Royal Dutch Navy Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers: HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) and HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. J. Houtsmuller, RNN) both split off from convoy SL 90 and proceeded to Gibraltar where they arrived later the same day.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) was docked in no.3 dock at Gibraltar.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) arrived at Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) carried out a reconnaissance of the coast North of Cape Spartivento to select a suitable bridge to bombard. At 0900 hours (zone -2) a suitable target was seen near position 38°06'N, 16°14'E. At 1419 hours Ursula surfaced 1500 yards from the bridge. 77 Rounds were fired and the bridge was damaged by 22 direct hits. At 1439 hours the action was broken off when the gun jammed and an aircraft that was seen to the seaward. [Italian sources show that the bridge and telegraph line sustained some damage but seven unexploded shells were found.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR), HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR), HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) C.E. Lowther, RAN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Freetown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: Between 1611 and 1642 hours (zone -1), HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) laid 40 mines off Cape Ferrato, Sardinia. The mines were laid from a position 144°, Cape Ferrato light, 1.1 nautical miles. The minefield was two miles long and laid in a direction of 115°. The mines were laid at 8 feet at 300 feet spacing. In the morning a convoy was sighted near the position the minefield was to be laid therefore the convoy was not attacked. HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) laid 40 mines off Capo Ferrato, south-east Sardinia. By 25 October, the auxiliary minesweeper V.44 / Pietro Padre R. located fourteen mines but the minefield probably caused the loss of the Italian merchant Salpi (2710 GRT, built 1920) on 9 February 1942. The claim that Salpi was sunk by HMS Upholder (in Hezlet and in Navi Mercantili Perdute) is an error. This vessel was proceeding with Nirvo and Albisola escorted by the auxiliary Loredan from Civitavecchia to Cagliari when she ran into the minefield 2 nautical miles bearing 100° of Cape Ferrato, initially she was reported to have been torpedoed, hence the subsequent confusion. Eleven men were killed and twenty survivors were picked up. Five days later the Italian minesweeper R.D. 41 located another British mine in the same area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow. For the daily positions of HMS Sealion during the passage from Portsmouth to Polyarnoe, northern Russia, see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to proceed to her initial patrol area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) attacked the small Italian merchant Falco (343 GRT, built 1919) near Kuriat in position 35°45'N, 11°06'E. According to Italian sources she was unharmed, the other vessels were the motor auxiliary sailing vessel Illiria escorted by the minesweepers Angelo Musco (R.26), Italia (G.90) and Maria di Piedigrotta (R.122). They had sailed from Pantelleria for Tripoli. Illaria and/or Italia dropped a few depth charges. Later on this day HMS Urge also torpedoed and further damaged the Italian merchant Marigola (5996 GRT, built 1906) off Kuriat, Tunisia in position 35°50'N, 11°06'E. The Marigola was already grounded after being torpedoed by aircraft on 24 September 1941. Five of her crew were slightly wounded, she was later raised by the French. (All times are zone -2) 0630 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of about 1500 tons with the escort of one large 3-masted schooner and four small auxiliary schooners. All these schooners were armed. Started attack on the merchant vessel. 0700 hours - Fired three torpedoes. No hits were obtained but the ship turned towards the shore. The crew was then seen to abandon her taking to the schooners. The schooners then started to patrol to seaward. 0756 hours - Urge meanwhile had been brought round. A single torpedo was then fired from 3000 yards. This torpedo was heard to hit after just over 2 minutes. --------------------------------- 1042 hours - Sighted a merchant ship of about 4000 tons of Kuriat. Proceeded to the North to investigate but it was impossible to get close enough while dived. Decided to wait until dusk and then to proceed close in on the surface. --------------------------------- 1815 hours - Surfaced and closed. 1834 hours - Fired one torpedo set to 8 feet from 3700 yards. 1837 hours - The torpedo hit amidships and a black column of smoke rose 100 feet into the air.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted until 2120 hours by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN). At 0745/25 H 31 made rendez-vous with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) for onwards passage to Rothesay under escort.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then immediately returned to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 612: Having completed tials, Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN), departed the Clyde area to return to Barrow. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

1942

US Navy Submarine USS Tarpon: With her overhaul completed USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) ended her 31th war patrol at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Beirut for Malta. This was her 5th storage trip to Malta. The main items of her cargo were: 50 tons of aviation spirit 20 tons of oil fuel 12 Mark VIII torpedoes 8 18" aircraft torpedoes 10 tons of dehydrated vegetables Leather, carbide and RAF stores. The same evening, the submarine released two pigeons for communication trials with Beirut. One reached its destination but the other returned to the submarine. Three homing pigeons were brought to Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Rorqual during this passage see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Safari: HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (also 5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) attacked the Italian passenger/cargo ship Calino (5186 GRT, built 1940) with four torpedoes in the Ionian Sea in position 38°46'N, 20°04'E. All torpedoes missed their target. The escorting Italian torpedo boat Antonio Mosto counter attacked but the depth charges dropped by her did no damahe to P 212. (All times are zone -1) 1000 hours - Sighted a merchant ship escorted by a Generali-class torpedo boat. Two aircraft were also seen overhead. Range was about 6000 yards. Started attack. 1021 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes from 4300 yards at the merchant vessel, a modern looking one. No hits were obtained and this is most likely due to the tracks being spotted and combed. 1030 hours - A counter attack began which lasted for 20 minutes. 8 Depth charges were dropped (4 depth charges according to the Italian action report) but none were close. According to Italian sources Antonio Mosto reported being missed by a torpedo and immediately alerted Calino of the danger and the fast transport avoided four torpedoes. The escorting Cant Z.506 (Midshipman Budini) dived on the submarine and fired her machine guns to mark the position and later dropped two A/S bombs. MOSTO arrived on the spot and dropped two depth charges set at 50 and 75 meters respectively, followed five minutes later by two more, this time set at 100 meters before rejoining her charge.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Saracen: In the afternoon a signal from S.10 ordered her that after Kuriat she was return to Malta and to arrive at 1015A/24 October.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS United: HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (also 7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) was docked at the Sheerness Dockyard.

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. D.T. Hammond, 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-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, 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.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-303: ShCh-303 fires a torpedo against ' what is identified as ' a merchant off Gotska Sand?n Island, Sweden. The torpedo missed its target.

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 615: HMS P 615 (Lt. C.W.St.C. Lambert, DSC and Bar, RN) participated in exercises in Scapa Flow.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with USS Whippoorwill and HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ganilly (T/Lt. M.W. Hampson, RNVR), HMS St. Agnes (A/Skr.Lt. W. Kirman, RNR), HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, DSC, RN) and HMS Versatile (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Corlett, DSC, RN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr. (retired) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Tautog: USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) shells a phosphate plant on Fais Island.

US Navy Submarine USS Grayback: USS Grayback (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Awata Maru (7398 GRT, offsite link) west of Okinawa in position 26°40'N, 125°00'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Cod: USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from base for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Dornin) departed from Midway for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Angler: Having completed her torpedo trials, USS Angler (Lt.Cdr. R.I. Olsen, USN), departed Newport, Rhode Island and arrived at New London, Connecticut.

US Navy Submarine USS Scamp: USS Scamp (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Ebert) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Kavieng and Truk.

US Navy Submarine USS Cabrilla: USS Cabrilla (Cdr. D.T. Hammond, USN) departed her patrol area for Fremantle.

US Navy Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) returned to Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Merrill, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.B.de B. Kershaw, DSO, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Malta. The passage was made together with HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) in convoy KMS 29. For the daily positions of HMS Sibyl during this passage see the map below. HMS Sibyl passage Algiers - Malta click here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) is undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Malta. She made the passage in convoy KMS 29 together with HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN). For the daily positions of HMS Sportsman during this passage see the map below. HMS Sportsman passage Algiers - Malta click here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) was docked at Holy Loch.

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.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: During the night of 22/23 October 1943, HMS Umbra (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked a convoy of two German landing barges just east of Imperia, Liguria, Italy and torpedoed and sank F 541. Of a crew of nineteen, seven wounded (six seriously) were rescued by F 484 which towed the forward part of F 541 and beached her near Oneglia. During the second attack F 484 was damaged. (All times are zone -1) 0955 hours - In position 43°54'N, 08°08'E sighted two F-lighters bearing 250°, range 3 nautical miles. Started attack. 1016 hours - Fired three torpedoes, individually aimed. Obtained two hits, the target broke in two, the after part immediately sinking. 1016 / 1046 hours - Tried to attack the other F-lighter that was picking up survivors but was keen enough to keep moving all the time. 1050 hours - The second F-lighter now proceeded inshore. Fired the 4th torpedo but it missed and hit the beach just besides the F-lighter damaging it.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) shifted from Campbeltown to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Viking: HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN) and ships from a Canadian Escort Group.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Spaniel.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) arrived at Rothesay. Lt. Raikes then resumed command of HMS H 43.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Royal Hellenic Navy Escort destroyer RHS Adrias: Near Kalymnos Island accompanied with the British destroyer HMS Hurworth, hit a mine losing her entire bow. The ship remained afloat. The British destroyer trying to help Adrias, hit also a mine causing its sinking losing 143 men. The ship was not repaired afterwards and scrapped in November 1945. Adrias minus her bow.

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) was put back in the water.

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-10: USS R-10 (Lt. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, 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.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 23: HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Digby. Upon completion of these she proceeded to St. John, New Brunswick.

US Navy Motor torpedo boat USS PT 206: The US motor torpedo boats USS PT 206, USS PT 212 and USS PT 216 torpedo and sink the German auxiliary minelayer Juminda (742 GRT, former Italian Elbano Gasperi) 2 nautical miles west of San Stefano, Monte Argentario, Italy in position 42°27'N, 11°05'E.

1944

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Cdr. J.H. Ashley, Jr., USN) attacked a Japanese task force south of Formosa Strait in position 21°57'N, 118°14'E. A 'carrier' was attacked with four torpedoes however there was no carrier with this task force which was made up of the heavy cruisers Nachi and Ashigara, the light cruiser Abukuma and the destroyers destroyers Akebono, Kasumi, Ushio, Shiranuhi, Wakaba, Hatsushimo and Hatsuharu. (All times are zone I, -9) 21 October 1944 2315 hours - In position 21°47'N, 118°14'E obtained SJ radar contact bearing 025°(T), range 25000 yards. There were five large pips. 2317 hours - Commenced tracking. Sent out a contact report to USS Shark and USS Blackfish. The targets were varying speed from 15 to 22 knots and were making 10 to 20 degree zigs. Base course of the enemy was 190(T). 2330 hours - Four smaller pips appeared, so there were now a total of nine. 22 October 1944 0015 hours - Reached a position ahead of the target and 2500 yards from track. 0035 hours - In position 21°57'N, 118°14'E fired four torpedoes at the leading target thought to be an aircraft carrier (sic). Range was about 2200 yards. Three torpedoes were heard to explode. 0037 hours - Dived. 0041 hours - Five depth charges were dropped. None were close. 0222 hours - Surfaced.

US Navy Submarine USS Darter: USS Darter (Cdr. D.H. McClintock) detects a group of Japanese warships North-West of Borneo in position 07°31'N, 115°22'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Hoe: USS Hoe (Lt.Cdr. V.B. McCrea) ended her 6th war patrol at Fremantle.

US Navy Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

US Navy Submarine USS Sea Dog: USS Sea Dog (Lt.Cdr. V.L. Lowrance) torpedoed and sank the Japanese supply ship Muroto (8215 GRT) south-southwest of Kagoshima in position 29°19'N, 129°44'E, and the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Tomitsu Maru (2933 GRT) south of Akuseki Jima in position 29°18'N, 129°44'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Atule: USS Atule (Cdr. J.H. Maurer, USN) departed Saipan for her patrol area. She was escorted in out USS PGM-9.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) conducted engine trials off Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She made the passege in convoy MKS 65.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) participated in special radar trials off Leith.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ships from the 31st Escort Group. Also night convoy attacks were carried out during the night of 22/23 October 1944.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) begins her passage of Lombok Strait. (time zone -8) 2345 hours - Increased speed to 14 knots and entered Lombok Strait on its Eastern side. Set course up the centre and made an uneventful passage

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantivy: While operating in Makassar Strait HMS Tantivy (Lt. P.H. May, RN) sank the Japanese Communications Vessel No. 137 (approx. 200 GRT) in position 05°47'S, 119°42'E. Tantivy also sank 6 small vessels that are unidentified with gunfire. (All times are zone -8) 0540 hours - Sighted a coaster of about 150 tons steering East close inshore. Closed 0620 hours - Opened fire 0627 hours - In position 05°37'N, 120°09'E the target was burning forward. Her stern was awash and she was probably beached 0656 hours - Sighted 4 topsail schooners steering South-West from Bonthain roads, closed. The schooners made off towards the shore. Increased speed to 14 knots 0715 hours - In position 05°36'S, 119°57'E slowed down and opened fire 0716 hours - First schooner sunk with 4 rounds 0722 hours - Second schooner sunk with 2 rounds 0726 hours - Third schooner sunk with 3 rounds 0728 hours - Engaged and sank 2 out of 4 schooners anchored close inshore. These schooners were heavily laden and sank at once. The other 2 were empty and were left 0734 hours - Turned to seaward to go after the other remaining schooner of the original 4, which had separated from the others and was close inshore to the East when at 0742 hours the Starboard lookout reported an aircraft flying low over the trees at extreme range. Increased speed to 12 knots to get into deeper water. There was a long way to go 0749 hours - Dived in position 05°35'S, 119°57'E. Depth was only 6 fathoms. The aircraft was now only 8000 yards away 0751 hours - Two bombs were dropped close aboard. These were only small bombs and were followed by machine gun fire. Tantivy was then at 22 feet with nothing under the keel 0803 hours - Another bomb, and more machine gun fire followed. All were rather distant. Tantivy was now at 34 feet 0810 hours - Now at 45 feet made a 45° course change 0850 hours - Came to periscope depth to see if the aircraft was still about, he was so went to 60 feet and altered course again 1400 hours - Came to periscope depth. Sighted an armed coaster steering 265° at 5 knots along the coast. Decided to sink this ship with a torpedo, from tube no.8. This torpedo had been leaking air for several days and was considered to be to unreliable to be fired in a salvo 1501 hours - In position 05°45'S, 119°44'E fired this torpedo from 3000 yards. The torpedo missed the target 1511 hours - Surfaced for gun action 1520 hours - Sighted an escort vessel on the port bow, 8 nautical miles away. Considered that there would be enough time to deal with the coaster before the escort got to near 1525 hours - Opened fire on the coaster at 3600 yards. The target fired back with possibly a 12 pounder gun and a machine gun 1532 hours - In position 05°44'S, 119°44'E, the target was seen to be burning furiously, listing to starboard and was probably beached. It was considered that the target was a total loss. Turned to seaward to reach deeper water 1534 hours - Dived. When the escort vessel came nearer nothing was dropped at all 1615 hours - An aircraft was seen to join the escort 1728 hours - Another escort vessel arrived but it remained close inshore 1730 hours - Lt. May was looking through the periscope at the second escort vessel when it was suddenly totally obscured by a large explosion. When it reappeared it had settled considerably and it was considered that it was on the bottom as it was very close inshore. It is thought possible that by chance it set off the torpedo fired earlier as the positions checked (the torpedo was fitted with a magnetic exploder) 1820 hours - Surfaced and set course for Sangean Island.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 5th war patrol (4th in the far east). She is to patrol in the Northern entrance of the Malacca Strait and in the Andaman Sea. She is also to lay a minefield. For the daily positions of HMS Tradewind during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Douglas, Isle of Man. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Heysham.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne with ships from Escort Group 31.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urtica: HMS Urtica (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, DSC, RN) conducted special torpedo trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vampire: HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Chios.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Viking: HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Virulent: HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She joined her escort, HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR), for onward passage, around 2300/23.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vulpine: HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) conducted special A/S trials off Holyhead with aircraft.

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

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

US Navy Submarine USS R-9: USS R-9 returned to New London, Connecticut to repair a disabled main engine.

1945

US Navy Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Lt.Cdr. B.C. Jarvis, USN) departed San Francisco for the Puget Sound area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) was placed in reserve.

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