Allied Warships


A class

16 ships

The submarine HMS Andrew (P 423) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1385 / 1620 BRT 
Length281.75 feet 
Complement6 officers and 55 men 
Armament1 4" gun
1 20mm AA
3 .303" machine guns AA
10 21" torpedo tubes (4 bow, 2 bow external, 2 stern, 2 stern external)
20 torpedoes 
Max speed18.5 / 8 knots (surfaced/submerged)
EnginesDiesel / electric, 2 shafts 
Power4300 / 1250 HP  (surfaced/submerged)
Notes on class

The A-class submarines developed from the T-class and were designed for operations in the far east. Unfortunately arrived too late for use in the war. This new class had a much greater operational range then the T-class and increased surface speed. Also they had an all-welded hull.

Submarines of this class that have a detailed wartime history added are shown in bold in the list below. Only two of these class were commissioned before the Second World War ended.


All ships of the A class

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HMS Adept (P 412)
HMS Abelard (P 451)
HMS Acasta (ii) (P 452)
HMS Ace (P 414)
HMS Achates (ii) (P 433)
HMS Acheron (ii) (P 411)
HMS Admirable (P 434)
HMS Adversary (P 457)
HMS Aeneas (P 427)
HMS Affray (P 421) Lost on 16 Apr 1951
HMS Agate (P 448)
HMS Aggressor (P 446)
HMS Agile (P 443)
HMS Aladdin (P 454)
HMS Alaric (P 441)
HMS Alcestis (P 453)
HMS Alcide (P 415)
HMS Alderney (P 416)
HMS Alliance (P 417)
HMS Ambush (P 418)
HMS Amphion (P 439)
HMS Anchorite (P 422)
HMS Andrew (P 423)
HMS Andromache (P 424)
HMS Answer (P 425)
HMS Antaeus (P 429)
HMS Antagonist (P 428)
HMS Anzac (P 431)
HMS Aphrodite (P 432)
HMS Approarch (P 435)
HMS Arcadian (P 436)
HMS Ardent (ii) (P 437)
HMS Argosy (P 438)
HMS Artemis (P 449) Lost on 1 Jul 1971
HMS Artful (P 456)
HMS Asgard (P 458)
HMS Asperity (P 444)
HMS Assurance (ii) (P 462)
HMS Astarte (P 461)
HMS Astute (P 447)
HMS Atlantis (P 442)
HMS Auriga (P 419)
HMS Aurochs (P 426)
HMS Austere (P 445)
HMS Awake (P 459)
HMS Aztec (P 455)

16 Submarines (18 names) of the A class. 2 of them were lost.

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

Full wartime service history on this vessel.

See all Submarine classes.

Fighting Captain, The

Burn, Alan

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
Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two, Rohwer, J├╝rgen, 1997
Allied Submarines, Watts, Anthony J., 1977
Allied Submarines of World War Two, Poolman, Kenneth, 1990 (transl.)
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
Axis Submarines, Watts, Anthony J., 1977
Bacalao, McDaniel, J.T., 2004
Back from the Deep, LaVO, Carl, 1998

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