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31 July

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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 (31)

1918: Destroyer Belknap (AVD 8) - Destroyer Humphreys (DD 236) - Destroyer McFarland (AVD 14)

1933: Destroyer Faulknor (H 62)

1935: Destroyer Bagley (ii) (DD 386)

1939: MS Trawler Ash (T 39)

1941: Minesweeper BYMS 2016 (J 816) - Escort Carrier Pursuer (D 73) - Tank landing ship Thruster (F 131) - Minesweeper Adroit (AM 82) - Destroyer Duncan (i) (DD 485) - Destroyer Lansdowne (DD 486) - Minesweeper Memorable (AMc-89) - Submarine tender Orion (AS 18) - Destroyer Pringle (DD 477) - Escort carrier St. George (CVE 17)

1942: Destroyer Whirlwind (ii) (R 87) - Landing craft tank LCT 268 (LCT 268)

1943: Frigate Everett (PF-8) - Landing craft tank LCT 577 (LCT 577) - Minesweeper Mirth (AM 265) - Patrol craft PC-800 (PC-800)

1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1084 (LCI(L)-1084) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-805 (LCI(L)-805) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-55 (LCS(L)-55) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-7 (LCS(L)-7) - Medium landing ship LSM 245 (LSM 245)

1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 724 - Motor torpedo boat PT 725 - Motor torpedo boat PT 726 - Destroyer Richard E. Kraus (DD 849)

Launched (39)

1930: Submarine Protée

1934: ASW Trawler Moonstone (T 90)

1935: Light cruiser Jean de Vienne

1936: Destroyer Grozniy

1938: Destroyer Fuciliere - Submarine K-3

1940: ASW Trawler Rumba (T 122)

1942: MS Trawler Berar (T 256) - Aircraft Carrier Essex (CV 9) - Landing craft tank LCT 408 (LCT 408) - Motor torpedo boat PT 123 - Motor torpedo boat PT 98

1943: Corvette Norsyd (K 520) - MS Trawler Waipu (T 357) - Frigate Braithwaite (K 468) - Minesweeper BYMS 2153 (J 953) - Frigate Cam (K 264) - Corvette Carisbrooke Castle (K 379) - Salvage vessel Grasp (ARS 24) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-442 (LCI(L)-442) - Minesweeper Mainstay (AM 261) - Minesweeper Marvel (AM 262) - Destroyer Prichett (DD 561) - Submarine chaser SC-1375 (SC-1375) - Frigate Sheboygan (PF-57) - Destroyer Escort Thomas (ii) (DE 102) - Minesweeper YMS-153 (YMS-153) - Fleet tug Zuni (AT 95)

1944: Repair Ship Hecla (ii) (F 175) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-712 (LCI(L)-712) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-786 (LCI(L)-786) - Landing craft tank LCT 1123 (LCT 1123) - Landing craft tank LCT 1280 (LCT 1280) - Landing craft tank LCT 1283 (LCT 1283) - Landing craft tank LCT 806 (LCT 806) - Landing craft tank LCT 848 (LCT 848) - Medium landing ship LSM 239 (LSM 239) - Medium landing ship LSM 240 (LSM 240)

1945: Patrol craft PGM-15 (PGM-15)

Commissioned (62)

1918: Destroyer Wickes (i) (DD 75)

1923: Light cruiser Detroit (CL 8)

1940: Armed Merchant Cruiser Prince Robert (F 56) - Submarine M-62 - Submarine M-63

1941: Corvette Battleford (K 165) - Corvette Monkshood (K 207) - Corvette Pentstemon (K 61) - Submarine tender Griffin (AS 13) - Submarine S-13

1942: Minesweeper Dubbo (J 251) - Minesweeper BYMS 2010 (J 810) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 345 (LCT 345) - Motor minesweeper MMS 207 (J 707) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 231 (MTB 231) - Escort destroyer Eskdale (L 36) - Destroyer Jenkins (DD 447) - Patrol craft PC-470 (PC-470) - Submarine chaser SC-637 (SC-637) - Submarine chaser SC-649 (SC-649) - Minesweeper YMS-36 (YMS-36)

1943: Frigate St. Catharines (K 325) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1374 (ML 1374) - Patrol vessel Kilbride (Z 02) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 931 (LCT 931) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 687 (MTB 687) - MS Trawler Wallasea (T 345) - Submarine Aspro (309) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-363 (LCI(L)-363) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-437 (LCI(L)-437) - Tank landing ship LST 241 (LST 241) - Motor torpedo boat PT 263 - Minesweeper YMS-178 (YMS-178) - Minesweeper YMS-179 (YMS-179) - Destroyer Young (DD 580)

1944: Frigate Loch Achanalt (K 424) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 485 (MTB 485) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 756 (MTB 756) - Frigate Nyasaland (K 587) - Net tender Canotia (AN 47) - Minesweeper Intrique (AM 253) - Destroyer Escort Kendal C. Campbell (DE 443) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-783 (LCI(L)-783) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-3 (LCS(L)-3) - Medium landing ship LSM 158 (LSM 158) - Medium landing ship LSM 159 (LSM 159) - Medium landing ship LSM 45 (LSM 45) - Tank landing ship LST 582 (LST 582) - Tank landing ship LST 628 (LST 628) - Tank landing ship LST 778 (LST 778) - Destroyer Escort Neal A. Scott (DE 769) - Patrol craft PCE-881 (PCE-881)

1945: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1320 (ML 1320) - Motor Launch Khalki (Khalki) - Dock landing ship Donner (LSD 20) - Destroyer Floyd B. Parks (DD 884) - Destroyer Kenneth D. Bailey (DD 713) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 520 (LSM(R) 520) - Motor torpedo boat PT 612 - Destroyer Sarsfield (DD 837)

1946: Submarine Aeneas (P 427)

1948: Submarine M-234

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 July (1)


1942: Submarine Grunion (216)

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General Events on 31 July


1940

Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Suez.

Submarine HMS Pandora: HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Aden for Alexandria.

Destroyer HMS Whitshed: HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, DSC, RN) struck a mine off Harwich and was badly damaged. She was towed back to port by HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). Repairs were completed in mid-December.

Destroyer HMS Wild Swan: HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, DSC, RN) struck a mine off Harwich and was badly damaged. She was towed back to port by HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN).

1941

Submarine HMS Unbeaten: At 1616 hours, the convoy HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) was ordered to intercept was sighted at 14500 yards but the submarine could not come within attacking range.

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta for her 3rd storage trip. Rorqual had on board: 1 naval officer 1 army officer 18 other ranks 1500 cases of aviation spirit 4680 gallons of aviation spirit in bulk 17285 gallons of kerosine in bulk 1 ton of junction boxes 2 tons of mail 6 tons of stores

Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS P 32: HMS P 32 (Lt. D.A.B. Abdy, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Malta.

1942

Submarine USS Saury: USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. Leonard Sparks Mewhinney) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the Philippines area.

Submarine USS Grunion: USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) possibly torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Kano Maru (8572 GRT) off Kiska, Aleutians. Grunion might be sunk by gunfire from her quarry some 10 nautical miles north of Segula Island. The Kano Maru was finally sunk on 8 August 1942 north-east of Kiska by US Bombers and gunfire from US warships.

Submarine HMS Parthian: With her engine repairs completed HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She had on board 45 passengers. This was her 2nd storage trip.

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from Haifa for her 17th war patrol. She is to patrol along the coast of Cyrenaica, Libya. For HMS Taku's daily positions during this patrol see the map below. HMS Taku 17th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Traveller: While operating in the Adriatic HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) fires 6 torpedoes at the Italian gunboat Cattaro (former Yugoslavian cruiser Dalmacija, ex German Niobe) in approximate position 44°36'N, 13°54'E. The torpedoes however missed their target. [Cattaro sighted two torpedo tracks, Italian records do not mention the presence of escort vessels but the Italian submarines Diaspro, Porfido and Delfino were exercising in the same area and were put on the alert. The brand new Italian torpedo boat Tifone was ordered to hunt the submarine.] (All times are zone -3) 0914 hours - Sighted a cruiser escorted by three destroyers steering a course of 170°. Started attack. 0942 hours - Fired six torpedoes from outside the destroyer screen, range was 4000 yards. Two hits were claimed. One of the torpedoes had a gyro failure and ran overhead Traveller and then along the Port side. A counter attack followed in which eleven depth charges were dropped but these did no damage. 1025 hours - Returned to periscope depth and saw the cruiser stopped in roughly the same position as when attacked. A destroyer was nearby.

Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) arrived at Plymouth.

Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS P 48: HMS P 48 (Lt. M.E. Faber, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Sloop HMS Sandwich: German U-boat U-213 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of the Azores, in position 36°45'N, 22°50'W by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN), HMS Rochester (Cdr. C.B. Allen, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR).

Sloop HMS Rochester: German U-boat U-213 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of the Azores, in position 36°45'N, 22°50'W by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN), HMS Rochester (Cdr. C.B. Allen, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR).

Sloop HMS Erne: German U-boat U-213 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of the Azores, in position 36°45'N, 22°50'W by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN), HMS Rochester (Cdr. C.B. Allen, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR).

Destroyer HMCS Skeena: German U-boat U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°59'N, 36°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. D.L. Dyer, RCN).

Corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin: German U-boat U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°59'N, 36°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. D.L. Dyer, RCN).

1943

Submarine HNMS O 21: During the afternoon HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) performs a periscope reconnaissance of the airfield near Kuta, Bali.

Submarine HNMS O 24: At 1110 hours (zone -6.5) HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) is shelled in error by the American merchant Point Clear South of Ceylon in position 05°46'N, 81°14'E. No damage was sustained.

Submarine USS Grayling: While on her 8th war patrol USS Grayling (Lt.Cdr. Robert Marion Brinker) lands supplies and equipment at Pucio Point, Panay, Philippines.

Submarine USS Saury: USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) is rammed and damaged by a Japanese escort in the Philippine Sea in position 27°03'N, 135°27'E. Saury had to terminate her patrol.

Submarine USS Stingray: USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) ended her 8th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

Submarine USS Pogy: USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Wales) torpedoed and sank the Japanese aircraft transport Mogamigawa Maru (7469 GRT) north-west of Truk in position 11°08'N, 153°18'E.

Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Suez for Aden.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) departed from Plymouth for Rothesay.

Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed Kames Bay for Lerwick. One board was one Welman midget submarine. Thrasher was escorted by HMS Angle (T/Lt. A.L. Kerr, RNVR).

Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 20th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Uproar during this patrol see the map below.

Destroyer HMAS Nizam: HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN) picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant Cornish City that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 July 1943 by German U-boat U-177 south-east of Madagascar in position 27°20'S, 52°10'E.

Submarine USS S-40: USS S-40 (Lt. F.M. Gambacorta) ended her 8th war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

1944

Frigate HMS Loch Killin: German U-boat U-333 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of the Scilly Isles, in position 49°39'N, 07°28'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling (Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR).

Destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson: USS Lyman K. Swenson departed from Boston bound for the Pacific.

Submarine USS Plunger: USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. Edward J. Fahey) left base for her 12th and final war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Truk.

Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. N.G. Ward) ended her 8th war patrol at Midway.

Submarine USS Lapon: USS Lapon (Cdr. L.T. Stone) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Tenshin Maru (5061 GRT) off the southwest tip of Palawan in position 08°50'N, 116°00'E.

Submarine USS Steelhead: While operation near the Bashi Channel USS Steelhead (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Whelchel) teams up with USS Parche to sink the Japanese troop transport Yoshino Maru (8990 GRT) in position 19°05'N, 120°50'E. Steelhead by herself torpedoed and sink the Japanese troop transport Fuso Maru (8195 GRT) in position 19°00'N, 120°55'E and damaged the Japanese troop transport Dakar Maru (7169 GRT) in position 19°08'N, 120°51'E. The Dakar Maru is towed to San Fernando and abandoned.

Submarine USS Tang: USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Honshu in Japanese home waters.

Submarine USS Guavina: USS Guavina (Lt.Cdr. C. Tiedeman) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

Submarine USS Ronquil: USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Siam. For the daily positions of HMS Stratagem during this patrol see the map below. HMS Stratagem 4th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) transits the Suez Canal.

Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (8th in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) tries to intercept a merchant vessel bound for Sabang (see also 1 August 1944) (All times are zone -6,5) 0635 hours - Dived 1215 hours - Sighted an unidentified aircraft 1810 hours - Surfaced 1814 hours - Sighted two submarine chasers about five nautical miles inshore steering north-west along the coast. They sighted Tantivy at the same time and turned towards. Tantivy retired to seawards at 13 knots. One of the submarine chasers turned towards the coast again to other continued to follow Tantivy. A merchant was now sighted about two to three nautical miles to the westward of the escorts in position 05°15'N, 97°10'E. After about ten minutes the submarine chaser that was following Tantivy abandoned the pursuit. Tantivy now proceeded towards the south-east point of Pulo Weh to intercept as the merchant was obviously bound for Sabang.

Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. M.H. Hutley, RNR) was docked at Rothesay. As there are no logs available after July 1944 for this submarine the date of undocking is currently not known to us.

Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the south-west Aegean.

Sloop HMS Starling: German U-boat U-333 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of the Scilly Isles, in position 49°39'N, 07°28'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling (Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR).

1945

Destroyer USS Soley: USS Soley (Cdr. J.S. Lewis) departed from Norfolk bound for the Pacific.

Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21. (Lt. F.J. Kroesen, RNN) sank a small Japanese fishing vessel with gunfire off the Wijnkoops Bay on the South coast of Java (now Pelabuhan Ratu). (All times are zone -9) 1730 hours - Sighted a motor fishing vessel bearing 095°, range 5 nautical miles. 1743 hours - Opened fire with the deck gun from 3500 yards while still closing the target at 12 knots. 1802 hours - The target now stopped. Again the deck gun of O 21 gave trouble. 1807 hours - Ceased fire after firing 65 rounds for only two hits. Range was now 1500 yards. 1815 hours - Boarded to place demolition charges aboard the vessel. It was thought that the crew had meanwhile left the ship. Took the ships papers from the bridge. The ship was seen to be on fire. 1830 hours - The ship was now well on fire so cast off. No need to set demolition charges. Shortly afterwards one Japanese and three natives emerged from the hold and these were taken on board.

Submarine USS Cod: USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 6 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°30'N, 103°30'E.

Submarine USS Sunfish: With her overhaul completed USS Sunfish departed from the Mare Island Navy Yard bound for Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Bugara: While on her 3rd war patrol and operating along the Malay coast USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade) sank five small Japanese vessels with gunfire in position 07°00'N, 101°00'E.

Submarine USS Jallao: USS Jallao (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Icenhower) departed from Guam for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

Submarine USS Thornback: USS Thornback (Cdr. E.P. Abrahamson) damaged the Japanese submarine chaser Ch 42 (435 tons) with gunfire about 5 nautical miles east of Osaki, Honshu, Japan, in position 38°53'N, 141°35'E.

Submarine USS Tigrone: USS Tigrone (Lt.Cdr. V.E. Schumacher) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Honshu, Japan.

Submarine HMS Turpin: HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt. M.J.L. Duff, DSC, RN) arrived at Kilindini.

Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: After temporary repairs HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Subic Bay to return to the U.K. Passage was taken through Leyte, Manus, Darwin, Trincomalee, Suez, Port Said, Gibraltar, Portsmouth to Harwich where she arrived on 30 October. In the end HMS Sea Nymph was not repaired but paid off into reserve.

Submarine HMS Sleuth: HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 3rd war patrol (3rd in the South-East Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol together with HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) in the Gulf of Siam. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sleuth during this patrol see the map below. HMS Sleuth 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the South-East Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol together with HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) in the Gulf of Siam. For the daily positions of HMS Solent during this patrol see the map below. HMS Solent 4th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Springer: HMS Springer (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Thule: HMS Thule (Lt.Cdr. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (1st in the Pacific area) at Fremantle. This was Thule's last war patrol. After VJ-day she made some visits to Australian ports. She left Australia mid-October for Hong Kong. Early November she departed for the U.K. She arrived in the U.K. for refit late December 1945.

Submarine HMS Tiptoe: HMS Tiptoe (A/Lt.Cdr. R.L. Jay, RN) attacks two 'sea trucks' with gunfire in the Sunda Strait. When an aircraft arrived at the scene the action had to be broken off. (All times are zone -9) 1210 hours - Sighted two Northbound Seatrucks rounding Varkens Point in line ahead about 1000 yards apart. 1242 hours - Surfaced for gun action in position 05°55'5"S, 105°42'6"E abeam of the second sea truck. Range was 2000 yards. Both targets turned away and made for the islands. A small submarine chaser was sighted closing from the North. The submarine chaser had only a very small bow gun, nothing to worry about. 1246 hours - After firing 15 rounds, for only 3 hits (the sea trucks were difficult to see against the land) an aircraft was sighted so the action had to be broken off. 1248 hours - Dived. The chaser followed Tiptoe but no depth charges were dropped until 1601 hours when 3 very small depth charges were dropped but these were at least 5000 yards away. After this she lost contact and went off to the North-West and Tiptoe retired to the South-West.

Submarine USS Plaice: USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) topped up with fuel at Saipan. She departed from for her patrol area on August 2nd.

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