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23 October

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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 (39)

1919: Destroyer Pillsbury (i) (DD 227)

1920: Submarine A-4

1933: Light cruiser Marseillaise

1938: Submarine L-25

1939: Corvette Heliotrope (K 03) - Destroyer Marne (G 35) - Destroyer Martin (G 44) - Corvette Surprise (PG-63)

1941: ASW Trawler Grayling (T 243) - Fleet tug Pawnee (AT 74)

1942: Anti-aircraft cruiser Flint (CL 97) - Minesweeper Knave (AM 256) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-224 (LCI(L)-224) - Landing craft tank LCT 223 (LCT 223) - Landing craft tank LCT 88 (LCT 88) - Tank landing ship LST 469 (LST 469) - Motor torpedo boat PT 242 - Minesweeper YMS-219 (YMS-219) - Minesweeper YMS-387 (YMS-387)

1943: Destroyer escort Somali - Minesweeper Disdain (AM 222) - Landing craft tank LCT 560 (LCT 560) - Landing craft tank LCT 561 (LCT 561) - Landing craft tank LCT 562 (LCT 562) - Landing craft tank LCT 563 (LCT 563) - Tank landing ship LST 137 (LST 137) - Tank landing ship LST 527 (LST 527) - Tank landing ship LST 602 (LST 602) - Motor torpedo boat PT 514

1944: Tank landing ship LST 3518 (LST 3518) - Frigate Mounts Bay (K 627) - Minesweeper Nonpareil (ii) (J 459) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-81 (LCS(L)-81) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-82 (LCS(L)-82) - Landing craft tank LCT 1397 (LCT 1397) - Medium landing ship LSM 422 (LSM 422) - Tank landing ship LST 845 (LST 845) - Tank landing ship LST 867 (LST 867) - Escort carrier Sicily (CVE 118)

Launched (43)

1926: Destroyer Van Ghent (GT)

1930: MS Trawler Benvolio (FY 710)

1934: Submarine Minerve - Minelayer Shepperton (M 83)

1937: Submarine Skipjack (184)

1940: Escort destroyer Avon Vale (L 06) - Escort destroyer Aegion (L 06)

1941: Minesweeper Bootle (J 143) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 321 (MTB 321) - Motor torpedo boat PT 63

1942: Landing Craft Tank LCT 500 (LCT 500) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 576 (LCT 576) - MS Trawler Proctor (T 185) - Landing craft tank LCT 254 (LCT 254) - Landing craft tank LCT 329 (LCT 329) - Landing craft tank LCT 342 (LCT 342) - Landing craft tank LCT 64 (LCT 64) - Tank landing ship LST 457 (LST 457) - Anti-aircraft cruiser Oakland (CL 95) - Motor torpedo boat PT 153 - Motor torpedo boat PT 88 - Submarine chaser SC-715 (SC-715)

1943: Patrol vessel Kilmelford (Z 13) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-379 (LCI(L)-379) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-490 (LCI(L)-490) - Frigate Riou (K 557) - Frigate Rutherford (K 558) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-379 (LCI(L)-379) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-490 (LCI(L)-490) - Landing craft tank LCT 549 (LCT 549) - Landing craft tank LCT 591 (LCT 591) - Destroyer Escort Major (DE 796) - Minesweeper Measure (AM 263) - Minesweeper Method (AM 264) - Destroyer Escort Otter (DE 210) - Patrol craft PC-821 (PC-821) - Motor torpedo boat PT 460 - Motor torpedo boat PT 488 - Fleet tug Tawakoni (ATF 114) - Minesweeper YMS-454 (YMS-454)

1944: Tank landing ship LST 3021 (LST 3021) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-62 (LCS(L)-62) - Tank landing ship LST 803 (LST 803)

Commissioned (53)

1918: Minesweeper Harrow (J 61) - Destroyer Breese (DM 18)

1936: Destroyer Hero (H 99)

1937: Minesweeper Hebe (J 24)

1939: Armed Merchant Cruiser Ranchi (F 15) - Submarine Seadragon (194)

1940: Destroyer Lancaster (G 05) - Destroyer Leamington (G 19) - Destroyer Leeds (G 27) - Destroyer Lewes (G 68) - Destroyer Lincoln (G 42) - Destroyer Ludlow (G 57) - Destroyer Mansfield (G 76) - Destroyer Montgomery (G 95) - Escort destroyer Pytchley (L 92) - Destroyer Sherwood (I 80) - Destroyer Stanley (I 73)

1941: Minesweeper Wollongong (J 172) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1083 (ML 1083) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 57 (MTB 57) - Corvette Thyme (K 210)

1942: Rescue Tug Integrity (W 14) - Escort destroyer Limbourne (L 57) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 242 (MTB 242) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-9 (LCI(L)-9) - Landing craft tank LCT 365 (LCT 365) - Motor torpedo boat PT 147 - Submarine Chaser SC 1470 (SC 1470) - Submarine Chaser SC 1471 (SC 1471) - Submarine chaser SC-635 (SC-635) - Minesweeper YMS-124 (YMS-124)

1943: Minesweeper Arcturus (J 283) - Frigate Kempthorne (K 483) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-378 (LCI(L)-378) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 450 (MTB 450) - Salvage vessel Anchor (ARS 13) - Destroyer Escort Christopher (DE 100) - Salvage vessel Diver (ARS 5) - Destroyer Escort Fair (DE 35) - Destroyer Escort Kirkpatrick (DE 318) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-485 (LCI(L)-485) - Tank landing ship LST 129 (LST 129) - Escort carrier Midway (i) / St. Lo (CVE 63) - Patrol craft PC-1137 (PC-1137) - Frigate San Pedro (PF-37)

1944: Frigate Loch Craggie (K 609) - Destroyer Zodiac (R 54) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1098 (LCI(L)-1098) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-880 (LCI(L)-880) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-56 (LCS(L)-56) - Tank landing ship LST 829 (LST 829) - Tank landing ship LST 949 (LST 949)

1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 793

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 23 October (5)


1943: Light cruiser Charybdis (88) - Minesweeper Cromarty (J 09) - Escort destroyer Limbourne (L 57)

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1171 (LCT 1171)

1964: Motor Fishing Vessel MFV 1089 (MFV 1089)

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General Events on 23 October


1939

Light cruiser HMS Caradoc: The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 GRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.

Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Transylvania: The German merchant Bianca (1375 GRT) is intercepted and captured in the Denmark Strait in position 67°29'N, 22°15'W by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Transylvania (Capt. F.N. Miles, OBE, RN).

Light cruiser HMS Orion: The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 BRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.

Destroyer HMCS Saguenay: The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 GRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.

1940

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 3rd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily positions of HMS Tuna during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tuna 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map

Corvette HMS Clematis: HMS Clematis (Cdr Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RNR) picks up 1 survivor from the British merchant Fiscus that was torpedoed and sunk on 18 October 1940 by German U-boat U-99 east of Rockall in position 57°29'N, 11°10'W. Clematis also picks up 21 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Snefjeld that was torpedoed and sunk on 19 October 1940 by U-99 east of Rockall in position 57°28'N, 11°10'W.

1941

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessels Ioannis / PI.241 and Agia Paraskeva / SYR.457 with gunfire in the Gulf of Petali, Greece. (All times are zone -2) 0738 hours - Sighted a 50 tons caique to the southwards working along the coast under sail and motor. I had been Cdr. Woods intention not to attack small craft until later in the patrol but as this caique was flying the Nazi flag he reversed his decision. 0815 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 4" gun and Lewis gun. After 13 rounds of the 4" gun the caique sank in position 37°53'N, 24°05'E. The crew, Greeks, had meanwhile abandoned ship. Meanwhile a second caique, flying the Greek flag, was seen approaching from the Northward. Triumph closed at full speed on the main engines. 0834 hours - Opened fire until the Greek crew began to abandon ship. Then closed and rammed the caique. 0903 hours - Dived and proceeded Eastwards.

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) torpedoed sank the German merchant Virginia S. (former Greek, 3885 GRT, built 1905) in the Otranto Strait about 30 nautical miles east of Capo Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy in position 39°52'N, 19°00'E. The Italian Arborea (4959 GRT, built 1929) was missed during the same attack despite the British claim of a hit. (All times are zone -1) 0825 hours - Sighted a convoy at a range of 12000 yards. The convoy consisted of a medium seized liner, and two cargo ships, both laden and of about 3500 tons. They were escorted by an armed merchant cruiser that proceeded ahead of the convoy. 0835 hours - Started attack on the escort. 0900 hours - Forced to abandon the attack on the escort owning to the very large and frequent alterations of course. Started attack on the leading merchant vessel. It was intended to attack the liner that was further astern afterwards. 0914 hours - Fired two torpedoes and obtained one hit. The merchant ship was seen to sink in a few minutes. The remaining two ships of the convoy turned away and gave no opportunity to attack. The escort, though out of range and continually under helm, remained in the vicinity. 0942 hours - Fired one torpedo at the Armed Merchant Cruiser from 2000 yards and obtained one hit but to little effect. The AMC was thought to be slightly down by the stern after the hit. Some 4 or 5 depth charges were dropped after the attack most likely by the Armed Merchant Cruiser. According to Italian sources the convoy consisted of the German Virfinia S., with Rumanian Balcic (3600 GRT, built 1940) and Bulgarian Balkan (3823 GRT, built 1914) escorted by Armed Merchant Cruiser Arborea. The were on passage from Patras to Brindisi. The Virginia S. sank in four minutes. 35 survivors were picked up by Arborea and landed at Bari.

Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Malta for 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kuriat and also to perform a special operation. Lt. J.D. Martin, RN had taken over command for this patrol from Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) in order to give this last officer a rest and to enable complete recovery from sandfly fever. For the daily and attack positions of Utmost during this patrol see the map below. HMS Utmost 15th war patrol click here for bigger map

1942

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Colombo.

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by the trawler HMS River Lossie. At 0800/24 HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR) took over the escort.

Submarine USS Growler: USS Growler (Lt.Cdr. H.W. Gilmore) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands area.

Submarine USS Kingfish: USS Kingfish (Lt.Cdr. V.L. Lawrence) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Seikyo Maru (2608 GRT) at the entrance to Kii Suido, Honshu, Japan in position 33°20'N, 135°27'E.

Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 20th war patrol. This was the 1st patrol of her 2nd commission. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay (off Northern Spain) and to perform a special operation (Operation Bluestone), landing a special agent near Baiona, Spain (near Vigo).

Submarine HMS Saracen: In the evening, another signal from S.10 ordered her, if she was within 65 miles of Kerkenah buoy no.4, to proceed there as air reconnaissance had shown a small merchant ship southbound.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 15th war patrol. This is the first patrol of her 2nd commission and therefore a work-up patrol off the Norwegian Coast (to intercept the German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer that is on passage from Northern Norway to Germany) and in the Norwegian Sea (to give cover for the passage of 36 merchant ships to and from Murmansk). For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tuna during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tuna 15th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and destroys the grounded German supply ship Amsterdam (8673 GRT, built 1921) off Khoms, near Tripoli, Libya. She also sank the Italian tug Pronta (182 GRT, built 1913) that is trying to salvage the Amsterdam. The Amsterdam was grounded after being hit by a torpedo during an air attack. (All times are zone -1) 0651 hours - Fixed our position as 32°44'N, 14°16'E. Closed Khoms roads. 0720 hours - Observed the situation in Khoms roads as follows. The 8500 tons merchant ships was seen anchored and aground in position 093°, Khoms Cemetary Lighthouse, 7.1 cables. A small tug was nearby. An armed trawler of about 500 tons was anchored about 4 cables to the Eastward. The merchant ships was unloading her cargo in lighters. 0832 hours - P 35 now retired to the North. It was intended to return just before dark to make a final reconnaisance. Then to withdraw on the surface to charge. Then to return after midnight making use of the 'sinking' moon. 1406 hours - As the weather was getting worse it was decided to close submerged and attack with torpedoes at once. 1433 hours - In position 32°39'5"N, 14°18'5"E fired no. 2 tube at a salvage tug at anchor. The torpedo had either missed or ran under. 1439 hours - Fired tubes 3 and 4 at the merchant ship. Both hit. The ship settled further but did not sink or catch fire. The small craft alongside were demolished. 1440 hours - Proceeded out of Khmos Bay at periscope depth. An aircraft then started machine gunning P 35 so went to 40 feet and changed course. 1505 hours - Some small bombs were dropped. Went to 80 feet and proceeded on course 360° at 5 knots.

Light cruiser HMS Phoebe: HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) was torpedoed by U-161 off the Congo Estuary, while on passage to French Equatorial Africa. Her route was from Simonstown to Freetown, but the ship had to refuel at Pointe Noire. Two U-boats (U-161 and U-126) were patrolling that area by the time. After the hit, a corvette coming up from the harbour prevented the U-boat to finish off the cruiser. About 60 crew members were killed (and three more from malaria in the following days). After provisional repairs, Phoebe made to New York for definite repairs. It was an outstanding deed to go 10.000 miles with a hole 60' by 30' in size. The repairs were not completed until June 1943.

Submarine USS S-34: USS S-34 (Lt. R.A. Keating) departed from Dutch harbour for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the western Aleutians.

Submarine USSR L-4: Received the Red Banner Award.

Submarine USSR K-21: K-21 was awarded the Red Banner Award.

1943

Submarine USS Sturgeon: USS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Murphy, Jr) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Narwhal: USS Narwhal (Cdr. F.D. Latta) left Brisbane for her 7th war patrol. She was to land 92 tons of ammunition and stores and a party of ten men.

Submarine USS Silversides: USS Silversides (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Coye) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Tennan Maru (5407 GRT) and the Japanese army cargo ships Johore Maru (6187 GRT) and Kazan Maru (1893 GRT) north-west of the Bismarck Archipelago in position 02°30'N, 144°45'E.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, DSO, RN) arrived at Leros. During the night of 23/24 October the stores were unloaded.

Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed her builders yard at Birkenhead for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR).

Destroyer HMS Vidette: German U-boat U-274 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland in position 57°14'N, 27°50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), and by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/Z).

Destroyer HMS Duncan: German U-boat U-274 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland in position 57°14'N, 27°50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), and by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/Z).

1944

Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) departed from Pearl Harbor.

Destroyer USS Barton (ii): USS Barton departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

Destroyer USS Cooper: USS Cooper departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

Destroyer USS Laffey (ii): USS Laffey (Cdr. F.J. Beston) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Eniwetok.

Destroyer USS Walke (ii): USS Walke departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

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).

Submarine USS Darter: USS Darter (Cdr. D.H. McClintock) and USS Dace attack what proves to be the Center Force (Vice Admiral Kurita), one of the three main bodies of the Japanese fleet moving toward Leyte in a major effort to drive US forces from the Philippines. Darter torpedoed and sank the Japanese heavy cruiser Atago (offsite link) and damaged her sister ship Takao (offsite link) in position 09°24'N, 117°11'E.

Submarine USS Bream: USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese heavy cruiser Aoba (offsite link) off Manila Bay in position 14°06'N, 119°37'E.

Submarine USS Croaker: USS Croaker (Cdr. J.E. Lee) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hakuran Maru (887 GRT) in the Yellow Sea, off the west coast of Korea in position 35°29'N, 126°05'E.

Submarine USS Dace: USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese heavy cruiser Maya (13400 tons, offsite link) in position 09°27'N, 117°23'E.

Submarine USS Sawfish: USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) torpedoed and sank the Japanese seaplane carrier Kimikawa Maru (6863 GRT, offsite link) in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°58'N, 118°31'E.

Submarine USS Snook: USS Snook (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Browne) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Kikusui Maru (3887 GRT, former Dutch Iris) in the South China Sea, west of Luzon Strait in position 19°44'N, 118°25'E. The damaged ship sank the next day in position 19°46'N, 118°30'E.

Submarine USS Sunfish: USS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

Submarine USS Tinosa: With her overhaul completed USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from the Hunters Point Navy Yard for San Diego.

Submarine USS Tang: While operating in Formosa Strait USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Toun Maru (1915 GRT) and Tatsuju Maru (1944 GRT) and the Japanese troop transport Wakatake Maru (1920 GRT) in position 24°49'N, 120°26'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kori Go (1339 GRT) in position 24°42'N, 120°21'E.

Submarine USS Spikefish: With her trials and initial training completed USS Spikefish (Cmdr Nicholas John Nicholas) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Sea Owl: With her trials and initial training completed USS Sea Owl (Cmdr Carter Lowe Bennett) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Spadefish: USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol, She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

Submarine USS Trepang: USS Trepang (Cdr. R.M. Davenport) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) was docked at Kames Bay.

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

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Malta.

Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) attacked but missed an enemy merchant vessel with three torpedoes off the North coast of Java in position 05°55'S, 108°16'E. (All times are zone -8) 0902 hours - In position 05°55'S, 108°16'E sighted a fairly large merchant vessel approaching from the North-West. An attack was started in which three torpedoes were fired. All however missed. 1028 hours - Surfaced and started to shadow from a range of 18000 yards. 1452 hours - The enemy was seen to enter Cheribon. Dived and proceeded to a favourable position to attack in case he left port, which he did not.

Submarine HMS Strongbow: HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Lt. P.H. May, RN) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire west of Sangean Island in position 08°15'S, 118°55'E. (All times are zone -8) Patrolled on the surface in the vicinity of Sangean Island during the forenoon. The visibility was very poor 1215 hours - In position 08°15'S, 118°55'E sank a small schooner with gunfire 1300 hours - Visibility much improved. Dived. Nothing in sight 2030 hours - Closed firm radar contact at 8000 yards and chased. This later turns out to be most likely a US submarine (possibly USS Muskallunge) so the chase was abandoned.

Submarine USSR L-20: L-20 lays a minefield off the Soroy Sund.

Submarine USS Piranha: USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USSR Lembit: The German harbour tug Pionier 5 went missing off Swinem?nde this day. She most likely hit a mine laid by Lembit on 11 October 1944.

1945

Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Tudor: HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) departed from Portsmouth for the Devonport Dockyard where she is to refit.

Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said bound for Alexandria.

2011

Submarine USS Dorado: "USS DORADO (SS-248): On Eternal Patrol" - a 614-page book on the sub and its officers and crew, researched and written by Douglas Campbell, is released today. ISBN 978-1-257-95155-0

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