Allied Warships


V class

18 ships

The submarine HMS Vampire (P 72) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement545 / 740 BRT 
Length206 feet 
Complement37 men 
Armament1 3" gun
3 .303" machine guns AA
4 21" torpedo tubes (bow)
8 torpedoes  
Max speed13 / 9 knots (surfaced/submerged)
EnginesDiesels / electric, 2 shafts 
Power800 / 825 HP  (surfaced/submerged)
Notes on class

The V-class submarines were very similar to the preceding U-class, they were able to dive deeper by adopting a partly welded construction. They had more powerful diesel engines which improved the surface speed. They were also some ten feet longer. They had a more raking stern than the U-class and were easily distinguished by the direction finding loop which was positioned aft of the casing as opposed to on top of the casing as in the U-class. 

Royal Navy Royal Navy ships of the V class

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HMS Vantage
HMS Ulex (P 93)
HMS Unbridled (P 11)
HMS Upas (P 92)
HMS Upshot (P 82)
HMS Upward (P 16)
HMS Urtica (P 83)
HMS Utopia (P 94)
HMS Vagabond (P 18)
HMS Vampire (P 72)
HMS Varne (P 81)
HMS Vehement (P 25)
HMS Vengeful (P 86)
HMS Venom (P 27)
HMS Venturer (P 68)
HMS Verve (P 28)
HMS Veto (P 88)
HMS Vigorous (P 74)
HMS Viking (P 69)
HMS Virile (P 89)
HMS Virtue (P 75)
HMS Virulent (P 95)
HMS Visigoth (P 76)
HMS Visitant (P 91)
HMS Vivid (P 77)
HMS Volatile (P 96)
HMS Voracious (P 78)
HMS Votary (P 29)
HMS Vox (P 73)
HMS Vulpine (P 79)

18 Submarines of the V class.

Strikeout means that ship was cancelled (not finished) - not counted in class figures.

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Blind Man's Bluff

Sherry Sontag

Books dealing with this subject include:

Abandon Ship!, Newcomb, Richard F., 2000
Above Us the Waves, Warren, C.E.T. and Benson, James, 1971 (transl.)
Advance Force - Pearl Harbor, Burlingame, Burl, 2002
Air war over the nore, Jonathan Sutherland, 2010
Aircraft Versus Submarine, Price, Alfred, 1980 (transl.)
Airships vs. Submarines, Van Treuren, Richard G., 2009
American Submarine War Patrol Reports: U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238), McDaniel, J.T. (editor), 2003
American Submarines, Lenton, H.T., 1973
Assault on a Queen, Finney, Jack, 1959
Bacalao, McDaniel, J.T., 2004
Back from the Deep, LaVO, Carl, 1998
Battle of the Atlantic, Nesbit, Roy C., 2002
The Battle of the Atlantic and Signals Intelligence, Syrett, David, 1999
Battlestations, Veronico, Nicholas A., 2001
Between Human and Machine, David A. Mindell, 2002

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