Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Medway (F 25)

British Submarine tender

NameHMS Medway (F 25)
Type:Submarine tender
Tonnage14,650 tons
Completed1929 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack30 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-372 (Heinz-Joachim Neumann)
Position32° 03'N, 30° 35'E - Grid CP 7236
Complement1135 (30 dead and 1105 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (29 Jun) - Haifa - Beirut 
CargoNaval 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.

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