HMS Medway (F 25)
British Submarine tender
|Name||HMS Medway (F 25)|
|Completed||1929 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness|
|Date of attack||30 Jun 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-372 (Heinz-Joachim Neumann)|
|Position||32° 03'N, 30° 35'E - Grid CP 7236|
|Complement||1135 (30 dead and 1105 survivors).|
|Route||Alexandria (29 Jun) - Haifa - Beirut|
|Cargo||Naval equipment, including torpedoes and supplies|
|History||HMS Medway (F 25) was the first large submarine depot ship designed and built for the Royal Navy, commissioned at Devonport in July 1929. The ship sailed for China station together with six O-class submarines of the 4th Submarine Flotilla to replace HMS Titania (F 32) and her L-class boats, remaining there until April 1940, when she was sent to the Mediterranean, arriving on 3 May in Alexandria. She was based there to operate the 1st Submarine Flotilla. |
|Notes on event|
At 08.24 hours on 30 June 1942, HMS Medway (F 25) (Capt P. Ruck-Keene, CBE, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by U-372 off Alexandria. The ship with the commander of the 1st Submarine flotilla on board was escorted by HMS Dido (37) and seven destroyers. Much valuable equipment was lost with her, but 47 of her stock of 90 torpedoes floated clear and were recovered. The small HMS Talbot (F 06) moved from Malta to replace her at Beirut, changing her name to HMS Medway II.
|On board||We have details of 25 people who were on board.|
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