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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 (53)

1912: Battleship Warspite (03)

1913: Light cruiser Kraznyi Kavkaz

1917: Destroyer Newmarket (G 47) - Submarine K VIII - Destroyer Robinson (i) (DD 88)

1932: Submarine M-8

1938: Light cruiser Jacob van Heemskerck (D 20)

1939: Corvette Candytuft (i) (K 09) - Corvette Carnation (K 00) - Corvette Delphinium (K 77) - Corvette Dianthus (K 95) - Corvette Friso (ii) (K 00) - Corvette Tenacity (PG-71)

1940: Destroyer Athabaskan (i) (G 07) - Escort destroyer Bleasdale (L 50) - Submarine M-203 - Submarine M-204 - Submarine M-205 - Submarine M-206

1941: Minesweeper BYMS 2005 (J 805) - Motor Launch ML 393 (ML 393) - Sloop Whimbrel (U 29) - Patrol craft PC-557 (PC-557) - Patrol craft PC-558 (PC-558) - Submarine Chaser SC 1467 (SC 1467) - Submarine chaser SC-674 (SC-674) - Minesweeper YMS-7 (YMS-7)

1942: Destroyer Sioux (R 64) - Minesweeper BYMS 2036 (J 836) - Minesweeper BYMS 2258 (J 1058) - Escort Carrier Premier (D 23) - Destroyer Vixen (R 64) - Escort carrier Estero (CVE 42) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-345 (LCI(L)-345) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-346 (LCI(L)-346) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-347 (LCI(L)-347) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-44 (LCI(L)-44) - Tank landing ship LST 265 (LST 265) - Tank landing ship LST 370 (LST 370) - Tank landing ship LST 472 (LST 472) - Submarine chaser SC-1037 (SC-1037) - Minesweeper YMS-193 (YMS-193) - Minesweeper YMS-258 (YMS-258) - Minesweeper YMS-361 (YMS-361)

1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1032 (LCT 1032) - Destroyer Gwin (ii) (DM 33) - Landing craft tank LCT 924 (LCT 924) - Landing craft tank LCT 925 (LCT 925) - Tank landing ship LST 58 (LST 58) - Oiler Nantahala (AO 60)

1944: Landing craft support LCS(L)-119 (LCS(L)-119) - Medium landing ship LSM 454 (LSM 454) - Tank landing ship LST 868 (LST 868)

Launched (78)

1917: Destroyer Versatile (D 32)

1924: Armed Merchant Cruiser Cathay (F 05) - Armed Merchant Cruiser Comorin (F 49)

1934: Submarine M-71

1936: ASW Trawler Bradman (FY 189) - Destroyer Mugford (DD 389) - Destroyer Ralph Talbot (DD 390)

1939: Submarine Tigris (N 63)

1940: Minesweeper Beaumaris (J 07) - Corvette Dahlia (K 59) - Corvette Kingcup (K 33) - Motor minesweeper MMS 10 (J 510) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 271 (MTB 271) - Minesweeper Peterhead (J 59) - Corvette Spiraea (K 08) - Motor torpedo boat PT 7

1941: Landing Craft Tank LCT 151 (LCT 151) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 323 (MTB 323) - Motor torpedo boat PT 65

1942: Minesweeper BYMS 2190 (J 990) - Minesweeper BYMS 2240 (J 1040) - Corvette Dittany (K 279) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-103 (LCI(L)-103) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-218 (LCI(L)-218) - Tank landing ship LST 157 (LST 157) - Tank landing ship LST 405 (LST 405) - Tank landing ship LST 408 (LST 408) - Minesweeper Symi - Corvette Beacon (PG 88) - Corvette Caprice (PG-90) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-103 (LCI(L)-103) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-218 (LCI(L)-218) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-32 (LCI(L)-32) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-340 (LCI(L)-340) - Landing craft tank LCT 167 (LCT 167) - Landing craft tank LCT 257 (LCT 257) - Landing craft tank LCT 370 (LCT 370) - Landing craft tank LCT 81 (LCT 81) - Tank landing ship LST 157 (LST 157) - Tank landing ship LST 405 (LST 405) - Tank landing ship LST 408 (LST 408) - Tank landing ship LST 460 (LST 460) - Tank landing ship LST 7 (LST 7) - Oiler Neshanic (AO 71) - Patrol craft PC-1084 (PC-1084) - Patrol craft PC-1126 (PC-1126) - Patrol craft PC-1254 (PC-1254) - Submarine chaser SC-1302 (SC-1302) - Minesweeper YMS-190 (YMS-190) - Minesweeper YMS-240 (YMS-240)

1943: Frigate Rupert (K 561) - Frigate Stockham (K 562) - Destroyer Escort Bowers (DE 637) - Destroyer Irwin (DD 794) - Landing craft tank LCT 556 (LCT 556) - Landing craft tank LCT 923 (LCT 923) - Tank landing ship LST 287 (LST 287) - Patrol craft PCS-1419 (PCS-1419) - Submarine Sealion (ii) (315) - Minesweeper Serene (AM 300) - Net tender Shellbark (AN 67) - Destroyer Escort Stern (DE 187) - Destroyer Escort Swearer (DE 186)

1944: Frigate Murchison (K 442) - Frigate Enard Bay (K 435) - Tank landing ship LST 3008 (LST 3008) - Tank landing ship LST 3020 (LST 3020) - Tank landing ship LST 3041 (LST 3041) - Repair Ship Solway Firth (F 190) - Landing craft tank LCT 1373 (LCT 1373) - Landing craft tank LCT 1398 (LCT 1398) - Landing craft tank LCT 1414 (LCT 1414) - Tank landing ship LST 774 (LST 774) - Tank landing ship LST 805 (LST 805) - Tank landing ship LST 958 (LST 958) - Motor torpedo boat PT 570 - Motor torpedo boat PT 676

1945: Oiler Passumpsic (AO 107)

Commissioned (64)

1918: Minesweeper Saltash (J 62) - Minesweeper M 1

1919: Destroyer Broome (DD 210)

1931: Submarine Wilk (N 63)

1934: Destroyer Express (H 61)

1936: Submarine ShCh-128 - Submarine ShCh-129 - Submarine ShCh-324

1938: Submarine ShCh-212 - Submarine ShCh-213

1940: Corvette Trillium (K 172) - Submarine Upholder (N 99) - Submarine S-9

1941: Minesweeper Chignecto (J 160) - Motor Launch ML 052 (ML 052) - MS Trawler Kerrera (T 200) - Corvette Rose (K 102) - Submarine L-23

1942: Motor Launch ML 379 (ML 379) - Escort Carrier Battler (D 18) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-163 (LCI(L)-163) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 577 (LCT 577) - Destroyer Loyal (G 15) - Motor Launch ML 359 (ML 359) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-13 (LCI(L)-13) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-214 (LCI(L)-214) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-327 (LCI(L)-327) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-328 (LCI(L)-328) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-329 (LCI(L)-329) - Landing craft tank LCT 278 (LCT 278) - Landing craft tank LCT 300 (LCT 300) - Landing craft tank LCT 370 (LCT 370) - Landing craft tank LCT 69 (LCT 69) - Destroyer Maddox (ii) (DD 622) - Submarine chaser SC-739 (SC-739) - Minesweeper YMS-116 (YMS-116)

1943: Frigate Conn (K 509) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-380 (LCI(L)-380) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 702 (MTB 702) - Minesweeper Candid (AM 154) - Destroyer Escort George (DE 697) - Destroyer Escort Spangler (DE 696) - Escort carrier Tripoli (CVE 64)

1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-210 (LCI(L)-210) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-211 (LCI(L)-211) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-212 (LCI(L)-212) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-213 (LCI(L)-213) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-214 (LCI(L)-214) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 796 (MTB 796) - Motor Torpedo Boat S 10 (MTB 429) - Destroyer Escort Bivin (DE 536) - Minesweeper Hazard (AM 240) - Destroyer Escort John L. Williamson (DE 370) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-716 (LCI(L)-716) - Medium landing ship LSM 231 (LSM 231) - Medium landing ship LSM 279 (LSM 279) - Medium landing ship LSM 96 (LSM 96) - Tank landing ship LST 951 (LST 951)

1945: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 525 (MTB 525) - Repair Ship Portland Bill (F 05) - Dock landing ship Fort Mandan (LSD 21) - Minesweeper Harrier (AM 366) - Destroyer Stickell (DD 888)

1947: Submarine M-215

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 31 October (4)


1940: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 16 (MTB 16)

1941: Destroyer Reuben James (i) (DD 245)

1942: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 87 (MTB 87)

1943: Minesweeper Chedabucto (J 168)

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General Events on 31 October


1939

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) arrive at Willemstad, Curacao, Dutch West Indies.

Submarine HMS Narwhal: HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland. Tribune is escorted by HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, RN). Both ships arrive at Portland after a few hours. At Portland Tribune is to conduct torpedo trials.

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Peers, RN) departed from Barrow for Portsmouth.

1940

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) suffers a fire in port main motor. She turns back and arrived at Holy Loch later the same day.

Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. She was undocked after a few hours for trails. Upon completion of these trials she was docked again.

Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.

1941

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) torpedoed sank the Italian water tanker Meteor (1685 GRT, built 1925) 2 nautical miles south-east of Punta Penna, Ortona, Italy. (All times are zone -1) 1500 hours - In position 080° Punta Penna, 4.5 nautical miles sighted a convoy approaching from the South keeping close to the shore. The convoy consisted of two small tankers (1500-2000 tons) leading followed by a medium seized tanker (5000 tons). They were all laden and escorted by a Generali-class torpedo boat. The escort was steaming up and down the convoy to the seaward side of it. 1559 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes at the destroyer just when it overlapped with the leading tanker. Both ships were covered with the salvo. After firing Truant made for deeper water. 1 Min, 36 Sec after firing there was a torpedo explosion. A few seconds later the torpedo boat was overhead. Almost as soon as the destroyer had passed overhead Truant hit the bottom, bounced off and went to 26 feet. She could then be held from surfacing and went down again hitting bottom at 42 feet. The torpedo boat continued to steam up and down in the area sometimes coming very close. Luckily no depth charges were dropped. 1630 hours - Started to make efforts to get to deeper water by going astern. This was however soon abandoned as the torpedo boat came nearer. 1652 hours - Sunset. 1711 hours - The torpedo boat passed directly overhead. 1715 hours - Got underway again, going slowly astern. 1745 hours - Went ahead, turned, and proceeded to seaward. 1825 hours - Surfaced. There was a strong smell of oil in the area. According to Italian sources the convoy consisted of the above mentioned Meteor as well as the Italian tanker Luisiano (2631 GRT, built 1917) and Italian tanker Devoli (3177 GRT, built 1939, former Yugoslavian). They were escorted by torpedo-boat Rosolino Pilo. The Pilo was missed but Meteor was hit and sunk. 14 Of the crew were killed and 7 survivors were picked up.

Submarine HMS Utmost: At 0020 hours, HMS Utmost (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN), in position 35°47'N, 11°04'E, fired one torpedo at the grounded Italian merchant Marigola (5996 GRT, built 1906) but missed.

Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

ASW Trawler HMS Coral: During the night a raid against naval targets was made by Italian planes from Sicily. The attacking formation included 4 Ju-87 of the 101st Gruppo Bombardamento a Tuffo and 8 Br.20 of the 37th Stormo Bombardamento terrestre.Coral, then anchored in French Creek, sustained several hits and sank. She was again raised but found to be beyond repairs and eventually scrapped in Valletta during 1943.

1942

Submarine USS Grayback: While on her 4th war patrol USS Grayback (Lt.Cdr. Edward Clark Stephan) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Noto Maru (7191 GRT) off Rabaul in position 04°37'S, 152°30'E.

Submarine USS Saury: USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) left Brisbane, Australia for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off New Britain.

Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Midway to perform some much needed repairs. She later continues on to Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Halibut: USS Halibut (Cdr. P.H. Ross) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine HMS P 222: HMS P 222 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Toulon during the landings in North Africa (Operation Torch). As there is no log available for November 1942 for HMS P 222 no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Splendid: HMS P 228 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) is undocked. Later this day she departed Gibraltar for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Toulon, Southern France. For the daily position of HMS P 228 during this patrol see the map below. HMS P 228 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Port H.H.Z. (at Loch Cairnbawn). She arrived the next day.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. For the daily positions of HMS Tribune during this passage see the map below. HMS Tribune passage Holy Loch - Gibraltarclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) fires three torpedoes against the Italian tanker Cerere (1267 GRT, built 1915) about 10 nautical miles south of Cape Sounio, Greece in position 37°30'N, 24°03'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target. (All times are zone -3) 0940 hours - Smoke sighted bearing 335° and soon after saw two aircraft on the same bearing. 1011 hours - Masts appearing above the horizon. The convoy we had been warned about turned out to be one 5000 ton MV, one 3500 ton MV and one 1500 ton MV. They were escorted by a destroyer and two other escort vessels. Astern of the convoy was a hospital ship. Manouvered into attack position 1056 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 6500 yards. It was intended to fire four torpedoes but Taku lost trim and went deep. At 5min13sec after firing the first torpedo a loud explosion was heard which was correct for a running range of 6500 yards. Five depth charges were dropped, all distant but HE was heard fairly close so Lt. Pitt ordered Taku to 150 feet. 1155 hours - Came to periscope depth and could see no trace of the target. 1205 hours - Sighted the convoy again mines the largest MV and the hospital ship. They were hull down and Lt. Pitt decided to ran in for 10 minutes at full speed for another shot. During these 10 minutes the crew managed to reload one of the torpedo tubes. 1237 hours - Fired two torpedoes (three was indented but there was a miscommunication). Four minutes after firing three depth charges were heard followed by five patters of two depth charges. The third pattern was rather close and shook Taku but no damage was done. HE was kept astern as Taku crept away slowly. According to Italian sources this convoy was made up of the following ships: Italian Galiola (1357 GRT, built 1917) and tanker Cerere (1267 GRT, built 1915) with German merchant Ardena (1092 GRT, built 1915) escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Lira, Calatafimi and Solferino.

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a rendezvous with Dutch submarine HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Geijs, RNN) in position 11°00'S, 07°00'E. Both submarines proceeded together towards Freetown.

Submarine HMS Traveller: HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock.

Submarine HMS P 311: HMS P 311 (Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) is still in dockyard hands at the Devonport Dockyard. No logs are available after this date so her subsequent movements are not known. She must have left in early November 1942 to a secret base in North-West Scotland to take on board the Chariot human torpedoes.

Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) was docked at Portsmouth.

1943

Escort carrier USS Card: German U-boat U-584 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°14'N, 31°55'W, by a Fido homing torpedo from 3 Avenger aircraft (VC-9) of the US escort carrier USS Card.

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) attacked a Japanese merchant vessel of 4000-5000 tons off the North-East coast of Sumatra in position 04°36'N, 98°31'E. Four torpedoes were fired but the target was able to evade the torpedoes. (All times are zone -6.5) 0400 hours - In position 04°36'N, 98°31'E sighted smoke bearing 210°. Turned towards and started attack. The target was identified as a merchant vessel of 4000-5000 tons. 0412 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3500 yards. The torpedo tracks were clearly visible due to phosphorescence. The target was seen to turn towards and evade the torpedoes.

Submarine USS Gudgeon: USS Gudgeon (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Post, Jr) departed from Midway for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

Submarine USS Darter: With her trials and training completed USS Darter (Cdr. William S. Stovall, Jr.) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Snook: USS Snook (Lt.Cdr. C.O. Triebel) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Mariana Islands.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. Passage South was made together with HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) and HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN).

Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Beirut.

Submarine HMS Sickle: At 2130 hours, in position 34°42'N, 34°05'E, HMS Sickle (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSO, DSC, RN) reported in contact with a U-boat. The sighting was bogus as no German U-boat was operating in the area.

Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) arrived at Beirut.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed from Scapa Flow bound for Blyth.

Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Colombo.

Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) damaged a sailing vessel with gunfire south of Cape Koraxas, Amorgos Island, Greece in position 36°44'N, 25°48'E.

Destroyer HMS Wrestler: HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.G.B. Lacon, DSC, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Hallfried that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of the Azores in position 46°05'N, 20°26'W by German U-boat U-262.

Destroyer HMS Whitehall: German U-boat U-306 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46°19'N, 20°44'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR) and the British corvette HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR).

Destroyer HMS Douglas: German U-boat U-732 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic near Tangier, in position 35°54'N, 05°52'W, by depth charges from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Imperialist (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.H.C. Rodgers, RNVR) and the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN).

Corvette HMS Geranium: German U-boat U-306 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46°19'N, 20°44'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR) and the British corvette HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR).

ASW Trawler HMS Imperialist: German U-boat U-732 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic near Tangier, in position 35°54'N, 05°52'W, by depth charges from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Imperialist (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.H.C. Rodgers, RNVR) and the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN).

1944

Destroyer USS Ingraham (ii): USS Ingraham (Cdr. Howard Wright Gordon, JR.) arrived at Eniwetok.

Destroyer USS Laffey (ii): USS Laffey (Cdr. F.J. Beston) departed from Eniwetok.

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. P.J.S. de Jong, RNN) departed Barrow-in-Furness for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Brontes (Skr. A.E. Wood, RNR).

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR) and HMS Valena (T/Lt. H. Trefusis, RNVR).

Submarine USS Gabilan: USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) torpedoed and sank the Japanese oceanographic research vessel Kaiyo Maru No.6 (200 GRT) off Murotosaki, Japan in position 32°50'N, 134°21'E.

Submarine USS Lapon: USS Lapon (Lt.Cdr. D.G. Bear) ended her 6th war patrol at Fremantle.

Submarine USS Sealion (ii): USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

Submarine USS Guitarro: USS Guitarro (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Haskins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Pacific Maru (5872 GRT) and Komei Maru (2857 GRT) off Botolan Point, Luzon, Philippines in position 15°17'N, 119°50'E.

Submarine USS Kete: USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

Submarine USS Sterlet: USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Takane Maru (10021 GRT) south-west of Kyushu, Japan in position 30°09'N, 132°45'E.

Submarine HMS Sceptre: HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. he made the passage together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

Submarine HMS Seadog: At 0640 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) left her escort and set course for her patrol area. HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) remained in company until 1900 hours.

Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) sank a Japanese coaster with gunfire in Madura Strait, Netherlands East Indies in position 07°40'S, 114°13'E. She also bombards warehouses and (fuel ?) tanks on the shore. Later on the day she destroyed a landing craft with gunfire more to the East. (All times are zone -8) 0925 hours - Sighted a small coaster of about 150 tons. Closed to attack. 0955 hours - Surfaced at a range of 1200 yards. The 3" gun immediately misfired. Meanwhile the enemy got busy with his machinegun but his aim was way off. It took about one minute to clear the 3" gun and with the 3rd round a direct hit was obtained on the enemy's bridge. No more machinegun fire came from the enemy from now on. 1004 hours - The coaster sank after being hit many times. 1007 hours - Fire was now opened on large sugar warehouses and cylindrical tanks on the shore. Of the 50 rounds fired half fell in the 'target area'. 1030 hours - Dived and retired from the area. ---------------------------------- 1648 hours - Surfaced in position 07°44'S, 114°29'E to engage a landing craft with gunfire. 1709 hours - All ammunition had been expended including the starshell. The landing craft, which was made of metal, was completely wrecked and awash. Seven Javanese crew were picked up. Another five, most likely Japanese, moved away from the submarine and did not want to be picked up. 1757 hours - Dived in position 07°42'N, 114°36'E and set course for Lombok Strait.

Submarine HMS Selene: HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage South together with HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR), HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Volatile (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) sank a schooner in the Malacca Strait. (All times are zone -6.5) 1150 hours - Sighted masts and sails bearing 290°. Closed. 1317 hours - Surfaced for gun action, range 2000 yards. Closed to point blank range. 1335 hours - The target, a two masted schooner of about 70 tons, sank in position 03°18'N, 99°41'E.

Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) left dock.

Submarine USSR S-101: At 0808 hours S-101 fires four torpedoes against the German auxiliary patrol vessels UJ 1207 and UJ 1222 of the Laksfjord. None of the torpedoes fired found their intended target. At 1515 hours S-101 fires four torpedoes against the German auxiliary patrol vessel UJ 1222. Once again all four torpedoes missed their target.

1954

Submarine USS Bergall: During war games off Norfolk, Va., her sail was rammed by DD.859 Norris. The destroyer suffered 5 flooded compartments while Bergall suffered damage to the sail structure. Both vessels proceeded to port under own power for repairs.

1956

Frigate HMS Nith: Nith, renamed Domiat, was sunk by gunfire from the British cruiser Newfoundland, after a brief exchange of fire. 69 of the crew were rescued. This was the only action at sea in the course of Operation Musketeer, the invasion of Suez.

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