Allied Warships

HMS Regent (N 41)

Submarine of the R class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassR 
PennantN 41 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered28 Feb 1929 
Laid down19 Jun 1929 
Launched11 Jun 1930 
Commissioned11 Nov 1930 
Lost18 Apr 1943 
Loss position41° 29'N, 16° 16'E
History

HMS Regent (Lt. Walter Neville Ronald Knox, DSC, RN) sailed from Malta on 12 April 1943 to patrol in the southern Adriatic. She was mined north of Barletta, Puglia, Italy on 18 April 1943. That evening a large explosion was heard in that area, which is believed to have been HMS Regent striking a mine. HMS Regent was reported overdue at Beirut on 1 May 1943. The wreck of Regent has been found and lies in 28 meters of water.

 

Commands listed for HMS Regent (N 41)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Christopher Browne, RN9 Apr 193920 Jul 1941
2Lt. Walter Neville Ronald Knox, DSC, RN20 Jul 194118 Apr 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Regent include:


5 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) rammed and sank the Italian sailing vessel Maria Grazia (188 GRT) off Bari, Italy in position 41°05'N, 17°45'E.

9 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Antonietta Costa (5900 GRT) about 20 nautical miles west of Durazzo, Albania. The Antonietta Costa in grounded in position 41°17'N, 19°25'E. The ship was beyond salvage.

15 Jan 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Citt? di Messina (2472 GRT) about 45 nautical miles east of Tripoli, Libya in position 32°59'N, 14°11'E.

21 Feb 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German merchant Menes (5609 GRT) about 55 nautical miles north-north-west of Tripoli, Libya in position 33°41'N, 12°48'E. Following this attack Regent is damaged by depth-charges from the Italian destroyer Saetta.

1 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper B 23/Igea (160 GRT) with gunfire about 33 nautical miles south of Bengasi in position 31°35'N, 19°56'E.

1 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Enrico (2350 GRT) about 10 nautical miles south-east of Marettimo island, Italy in position 37°52'N, 11°52'E.

18 Apr 1943
The Italian tanker Bivona (1646 GRT) reports being attacked with torpedoed by a submarine off Monopoli, Italy. If this is correct the attacker was most likely HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) that was mined and sunk later that day further north in the Adriatic Sea.


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