Events on this day
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.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (22)
1916: Submarine K VII
1935: Sloop Eritrea
1944: Escort carrier Bairoko (CVE 115) - Landing craft tank LCT 1258 (LCT 1258) - Landing craft tank LCT 848 (LCT 848) - Tank landing ship LST 806 (LST 806) - Tank landing ship LST 940 (LST 940) - Patrol craft PGM-24 (PGM-24)
1929: MS Trawler Liberator (FY 1650)
1930: Destroyer Brazen (H 80)
1934: Cutter Algonquin (WPG 75)
1938: Flotilla leader Baku
1941: Corvette Dundas (K 229) - Escort destroyer Hursley (L 84) - Corvette Thyme (K 210) - Escort destroyer Kriti (L 84) - Destroyer Bristol (i) (DD 453) - Destroyer Ellyson (DD 454) - Submarine chaser SC-508 (SC-508)
1942: Minesweeper Wagga (J 315) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 347 (LCT 347) - Mooring vessel Moorgrass - Destroyer Champlin (DD 601) - Fleet tug Chippewa (AT 69) - Oiler Patuxent (AO 44) - Patrol craft PC-1191 (PC-1191) - Patrol craft PC-577 (PC-577) - Motor torpedo boat PT 121 - Minesweeper Requisite (AM 109) - Submarine chaser SC-1003 (SC-1003) - Submarine chaser SC-712 (SC-712) - Submarine chaser SC-713 (SC-713) - Minesweeper YMS-111 (YMS-111)
1943: Submarine Bashaw (241) - Destroyer Bearss (DD 654) - Destroyer Escort Eldridge (DE 173) - Destroyer Escort Harmon (DE 678) - Tank landing ship LST 271 (LST 271) - Frigate Muskegon (PF-24) - Minesweeper Peril (AM 272) - Minesweeper Phantom (AM 273) - Motor torpedo boat PT 450 - Destroyer Remey (DD 688) - Destroyer Yarnall (ii) (DD 541)
1944: Destroyer Carysfort (R 25) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1080 (LCI(L)-1080) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-782 (LCI(L)-782) - Landing craft tank LCT 1131 (LCT 1131) - Landing craft tank LCT 1132 (LCT 1132) - Landing craft tank LCT 1197 (LCT 1197) - Landing craft tank LCT 1328 (LCT 1328) - Landing craft tank LCT 1332 (LCT 1332) - Landing craft tank LCT 847 (LCT 847) - Medium landing ship LSM 270 (LSM 270) - Tank landing ship LST 716 (LST 716) - Tank landing ship LST 758 (LST 758)
1922: Minelayer Van Meerlant (M 36)
1927: Patrol vessel Antietam (WPC 128)
1944: Frigate Coaticook (K 410) - Corvette Copper Cliff (K 495) - Minesweeper Coquitlam (J 364) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1456 (ML 1456) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1466 (ML 1466) - Frigate Papua (K 588) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1031 (LCI(L)-1031) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1079 (LCI(L)-1079) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-655 (LCI(L)-655) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-774 (LCI(L)-774) - Medium landing ship LSM 266 (LSM 266) - Tank landing ship LST 1031 (LST 1031) - Tank landing ship LST 580 (LST 580) - Tank landing ship LST 681 (LST 681) - Tank landing ship LST 777 (LST 777) - Fleet tug Moctobi (ATF 105) - Patrol craft PC-1549 (PC-1549) - Patrol craft PCE-893 (PCE-893) - Minesweeper YMS-448 (YMS-448)
Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).
Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.
Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.
War Losses on 25 July (3)
1942: MS Trawler Laertes (i) (T 137)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 25 July
Destroyer HMS Boreas: HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) were damaged by a German air attack in the English Channel. 22 of the crew of Boreas were killed in the attack. Brilliant sustained no casualties. Boreas completed repairs ca. mid-January 1941 and Brilliant completed repairs ca. mid-September 1940.
Destroyer HMS Brilliant: HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) were damaged by a German air attack in the English Channel. 22 of the crew of Boreas were killed in the attack. Brilliant sustained no casualties. Boreas completed repairs ca. mid-January 1941 and Brilliant completed repairs ca. mid-September 1940.
Light cruiser HMS Newcastle: HMS Newcastle (Capt. E.A. Aylmer, DSC, RN) intercepts the German merchant Erlangen (6101 GRT) was intercepted south-east off the River Plate estuary. However before the ship could be captured the ship was set on fire by its own crew.
Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) twice attacked the Greek merchant (in German service) Olympos (852 GRT, built 1904) near Gaidaro Island, Greece. The vessel is not hit. (All times are zone -3) 0600 hours - Sighted a merchant ship (two masts, funnel aft, about 1000 tons) bearing 315°, range about 12000 yards. Started attack. 0645 hours - Fired one torpedo from 400 yards. The torpedo failed to run straight so it missed astern. The torpedo was later heard to explode on the shore. 0901 hours - Found the same ship as earlier anchored off Cape Colonna. Closed to 1800 yards and fired one torpedo. This torpedo slightly ran to Port and just missed astern of the target. The torpedo exploded on the beach. Olympos was escorted by the Italian minesweeper R.D.9. One torpedo was later recovered by the German patrol vessel 12 V 10 and brought to Piraeus on 27 July.
Destroyer HMS Achates (i): While taking position in the screen of the carriers preparing to launch an air strike against Kirkenes/Petsamo, HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. Viscount Jocelyn, RN) was mined and severely damaged off the Seidisfjord, Iceland in position 64°11'N, 13°00'W. Achates was under repair until mid-March 1942.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) arrived at Colombo.
Submarine USS Seawolf: USS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Warder) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.
Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Amberjack (i): USS Amberjack (Lt.Cdr. John Archibald Bole, Jr.) departed from New London bound for the Pacific.
Submarine USS Flying Fish: USS Flying Fish (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.
Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth with convoy CW.110.
Submarine USSR ShCh-402: At 0725 hours ShCh-402 fires three torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a German U-boat south-east of Vard?, Norway in position 70°11'N, 31°40'E. All three torpedoes missed their target.
Submarine USSR ShCh-406: At 1237 hours, while in the Aland Sea, ShCh-406 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 8000 GRT with four escorts. Both torpedoes missed their target.
Submarine USS Sculpin: USS Sculpin (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Chappell) left Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Formosa.
Submarine USS Sailfish: USS Sailfish (Lt.Cdr. William R. Lefavour) departed from Midway for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Formosa Strait and off Okinawa.
Submarine USS Pompon: USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Thames Maru (5871 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Kinsen Maru (3081 GRT) between the Caroline and Admiralty Islands in position 02°46'N, 148°35'E.
Submarine USS Balao: USS Balao (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Crane) departed from Brisbane for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Truk and the Bismarck Archipelago.
Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSO, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper FR 70/La Coubre (120 GRT) gunfire North-West of Isola d'Elba in position 42°47'N, 10°05'E. (All times are zone -1) 0715 hours - Heard HE coming from inshore. This soon turned out to be a large 3-masted schooner bound for Bastia. 0736 hours - Surfaced in position 42°51'N, 10°04'E and chased the schooner. 0742 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from beyond the schooner. She could not be clearly made out due to the mirage effect. 0745 hours - Dived when it was sighted to be an A/S trawler. Decided to attack this trawler with torpedoes and then to follow up on the schooner. 0819 hours - Fired 2 torpedoes from 1000 yards. Both missed. The schooner was now seen to be smaller then first thought. 0823 hours - Surfaced and engaged the trawler with the 3" gun. 38 Rounds were fired for many hits. 0829 hours - Observed a large single funneled merchant liner. Broke off the action to intercept. The sea suddenly looked full of small ships all firing. Almost immediately the merchant was seen to turn 180 degrees and made back for the Italian mainland. 0832 hours - Re-opened fire on the trawler. Fired 20 rounds for 19 hits. Soon she was on fire and sinking. 0839 hours - Dived. Several landing barges and shore batteries had now also opened fire. 0850 hours - The target was seen to sink in position 42°47'N, 10°05'E.
Submarine HMS Saracen: HMS Saracen (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, DSO, DSC, RN) was docked at Algiers to inspect for damage from the recent depth charging and periodical docking. As there is no log available for August it is not known when she was undocked but this must have been on one of the fist days of August.
Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation (details hopefully to follow).
Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by the armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR).
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. At Scapa Flow she is to participate in exercises including exercises and practice attacks for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.
Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) sighted two U-boats this day. Both could not be attacked. (All times are zone -2) 0809 hours - Sighted the conning tower of a U-boat about 8000/9000 yards away. The U-boat was in position 45°50'N, 05°17'W The course of the U-boat was 60 to 90° (so she must be returning to base). Before Tally-Ho could turn on a firing course the U-boat had disappeared into the morning haze. (German U-boat U-667 was in this area and was returning to St. Nazaire, where she arrived the following day) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1158 hours - Sighted a U-boat steering south-west in position 45°54'N, 05°18'W. Closed to start an attack. 1209 hours - The U-boat was now seen steering 230° at a speed of about 8 to 10 knots. The range was between 5000/6000 yards. Before the U-boat could be attacked it was seen to dive. (German U-boat U-404 that had left St. Nazaire for patrol the previous day and was most likely in this area (She was lost a few days later with all hands, so this can't be cross checked). Two other U-boats were also in transfer to their patrol areas, these were U-262 and U-760. They had left La Pallice the previous day but were a bit further south and west)
Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) sank the Italian tug Iseo (80 GRT) with gunfire 1 mile south of Cape Vaticano.
Submarine USS S-35: USS S-35 (Lt. H.S. Monroe) ended her 6th war patrol at Dutch Harbour.
Submarine USSR M-112: M-112 fires two torpedoes at a German barge off Yalta in position 44°31'N, 34°19'E. Both torpedoes missed their target.
Destroyer USS De Haven (ii): USS De Haven (Cdr. J.B. Dimmick) arrived at San Diego, California.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMCS Wentworth (T/Lt.Cdr. R.J.C. Pringle, RCNVR) and HMCS Ville de Quebec (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.C. Hatch, RCNVR).
Submarine USS Stingray: USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) leaves base for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to land 15 Filipino officers and men and six tons of supplies on the north-eastern coast of Luzon.
Submarine USS Besugo: With her trials and initial training completed USS Besugo (Cdr. Thomas Lincoln Wogan) departed from New London bound for Key West.
Submarine USS Segundo: USS Segundo (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Fulp, Jr.) arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) was docked again at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Shalimar: At 1600 hours HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) made rendez-vouz with her escort HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) in position 59.00'N, 01.00'W. At 2045 hours they were joined by HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They then proceeded together to Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) departed Malta for Aden.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) conducts attack exercises for the Commanding Officer Qualifying Course with HMS Devonshire (Capt. D.K. Bain, DSO, RN) and HMS Achilles (Capt. F.J. Butler, CBE, RN).
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Sumatra. She is also to perform a special operation. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trenchant during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trenchant 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map
Tank landing ship USS LST 616: left New York in convoy HXM 301 for England and arrived 8 August.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Darwin for Fremantle. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this passage see the map below. HrMs K XV passage Darwin - Fremantle click here for bigger map
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) arrived at Dundee.
Submarine HNMS Tijgerhaai: HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena) is docked at Holy Loch.
Submarine USS Barb: USS Barb (Cdr. E.B. Fluckey) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in position 49°04'N, 143°49'E and 5 more in position 48°53'N, 144°19'E.
Submarine USS Cod: USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 05°08'N, 103°35'E.
Submarine USS Dace: USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.
Submarine USS Peto: USS Peto (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Caldwell, Jr.) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire south of Honshu in position 34°23'N, 137°25'E.
Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Lt.Cdr. B.C. Jarvis) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.
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. One in position 07°06'N, 101°23'E and four in position 06°41'N, 101°51'E.
Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) arrived at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese patrol vessel Patrol Boat No.2 (1350 tons, former destroyer Nadakaze, built 1920, offsite link) in the Java Sea in position 07°07'S, 115°40'E. One survivor was shot in the water after he made 'suspicious gesture'. Lt. Davies now ordered all the survivors to be shot and a machine gun was brought up. However before the order could be carried out an arcraft appeared on the scene forcing Stubborn to dive. When she returned to the scene later no Japanese survivors were found. (All times are zone -9) 1750 hours - Heard HE bearing 300°. 1800 hours - Started attack on what was thought to be a Minekaze-class destroyer. 1823 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes from 3000 yards. 2 Hits were obtained and the enemy was seen to sink quickly. 1829 hours - Surfaced and closed the wreckage. About 60 survivors were seen in the water but none could be persuaded to come aboard. 1903 hours - Dived to 60 feet for an unidentified aircraft. 2005 hours - Surfaced to try to pick up an officer survivor but no survivors or wreckage could be seen anymore. [The patrol report does not mention anything on firing on survivors in the water].
Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area) at Subic Bay.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Lankawi area (northern entrance to the Straits of Malacca). (all times are zone -6,5) 0910 hours - While operating in the Langkawi area, surfaced and sank by gunfire a two masted 20 ton junk fully laden with rice. The crew was taken on board. Two rounds were expended from as close as 200 yards.
Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed from Fremantle for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea together with HMS Taciturn. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Thorough during this patrol see the map below. HMS Thorough 8th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Taciturn during this patrol see the map below. HMS Taciturn 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Talent (iii): HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch.
Submarine USS Skipjack: Sunk during Test Baker, the second of two atomic bombs exploded at Bikini during Operation Crossroads.