Allied Warships

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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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Laid down (59)

1918: US Navy Destroyer Overton (DD 239)

1924: French Navy Heavy cruiser Duquesne

1936: Royal Navy Tank landing ship Misoa (F 117)

1939: Royal Navy Corvette Arabis (K 73) - Royal Navy Corvette Calendula (K 28) - Royal Navy Corvette Clarkia (K 88) - Royal Navy Submarine P 615 (P 615) - Royal Navy Corvette Periwinkle (K 55) - Royal Navy Submarine Unique (N 95) - Royal Navy Submarine Upholder (N 99) - Royal Navy Submarine Urge (N 17) - US Navy Corvette Ready (PG 67) - US Navy Corvette Restless (PG-66) - US Navy Corvette Saucy (PG-65)

1940: Soviet Navy Submarine M-105 - Soviet Navy Submarine M-106 - Soviet Navy Submarine M-107 - Soviet Navy Submarine M-108

1941: Royal Indian Navy Sloop Godavari (U 52) - Royal Navy Submarine Tireless (P 327) - US Navy Destroyer Abner Read (DD 526) - US Navy Minesweeper Pioneer (AM 105)

1942: Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2284 (J 1084) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-263 (LCI(L)-263) - US Navy Submarine Flier (250) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-263 (LCI(L)-263) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 381 (LCT 381) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 182 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 245 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1330 (SC-1330) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-284 (YMS-284) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-317 (YMS-317)

1943: Royal Australian Navy Frigate Condamine (K 698) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Flying Fish (J 370) - US Navy Destroyer Harry E. Hubbard (DD 748) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 595 (LCT 595) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 526 (LST 526) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 605 (LST 605) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1265 (PC-1265) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-810 (PC-810) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 516 - US Navy Minesweeper Reign (AM 288) - US Navy Submarine Sea Cat (399) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-434 (YMS-434)

1944: US Navy Repair ship Cadmus (AR 14) - US Navy Destroyer Floyd B. Parks (DD 884) - US Navy Destroyer Herbert J. Thomas (DD 833) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-84 (LCS(L)-84) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-85 (LCS(L)-85) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1373 (LCT 1373) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1398 (LCT 1398) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1418 (LCT 1418) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1464 (LCT 1464) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1465 (LCT 1465) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 304 (LSM 304) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 305 (LSM 305) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 453 (LSM 453) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1122 (LST 1122) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 878 (LST 878)

Launched (71)

1905: Royal Navy MS Trawler Staunch (FY 1591)

1912: US Navy Battleship New York (BB34)

1917: US Navy Fleet tug Sagamore (AT 20)

1918: Royal Navy Destroyer Mansfield (G 76) - Royal Norwegian Navy Destroyer Mansfield (G 76) - US Navy Destroyer Evans (i) (DD 78)

1928: Royal Navy MS Trawler Lord Melchett (FY 672) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Sisapon

1929: Royal Dutch Navy Minelayer Nautilus (M 12)

1934: Soviet Navy Flotilla leader Moskva

1936: Royal Navy Destroyer Imogen (D 44)

1940: Royal Australian Navy Destroyer Arunta (I 30) - Royal Australian Navy Destroyer Norman (G 49) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Heythrop (L 85) - Royal Navy Destroyer Marne (G 35) - Royal Navy Destroyer Norman (G 47) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Oakley (i) (L 72) - Polish Navy Escort destroyer Kujawiak (L 72) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 66 (LCT 66)

1941: Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 107 (J 607) - US Navy Destroyer Laffey (i) (DD 459) - Soviet Navy Submarine S-53

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-104 (LCI(L)-104) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-104 (LCI(L)-104) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-339 (LCI(L)-339) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 166 (LCT 166) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 175 (LCT 175) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 219 (LCT 219) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 324 (LCT 324) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 155 - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-281 (YMS-281)

1943: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Parkes (J 361) - Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Fort Frances (J 396) - Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Longueuil (K 672) - Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Thetford Mines (K 459) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-493 (LCI(L)-493) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-494 (LCI(L)-494) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1068 (LCT 1068) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 674 (LCT 674) - Royal Navy Frigate Lochy (K 365) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1046 (FY 1046) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Oronsay (T 375) - Royal Navy Frigate Rowley (K 560) - Royal Navy Frigate Seychelles (K 592) - Royal Navy Submarine Thorough (P 324) - Royal Dutch Navy Motor minesweeper Overflakke (FY 1046) - US Navy Frigate Charlotte (PF-60) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-493 (LCI(L)-493) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-494 (LCI(L)-494) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 554 (LCT 554) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 594 (LCT 594) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 920 (LCT 920) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 921 (LCT 921) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 922 (LCT 922) - US Navy Destroyer Monssen (ii) (DD 798) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1210 (PC-1210) - US Navy Patrol craft PGM-11 (PGM-11) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Price (DE 332) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 461 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1491 (SC-1491) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Stockdale (DE 399)

1944: Royal Navy Destroyer Chequers (R 61) - Royal Navy Corvette Hedingham Castle (ii) (K 529) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 3026 (LST 3026) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 3508 (LST 3508) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1080 (FY 1080) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-116 (LCS(L)-116) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 296 (LSM 296) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 297 (LSM 297) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 957 (LST 957)

Commissioned (65)

1918: Royal Navy MS Trawler Blackwater (T 04) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Stoke (J 33) - US Navy Minesweeper Heron (AVP 2)

1919: US Navy Destroyer Schenck (DD 159)

1923: US Navy Submarine S-23 (128)

1933: Soviet Navy Submarine L-5

1939: Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Cheshire (F 18) - Royal Navy Submarine Truant (N 68) - Soviet Navy Submarine S-4 - Soviet Navy Submarine S-5 - Soviet Navy Submarine S-6 - Soviet Navy Destroyer Steregushchiy

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Drummondville (J 253) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 335 (MGB 335) - Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 292 (ML 292) - US Navy Net tender Nutmeg (AN 33)

1942: Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2013 (J 813) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2028 (J 828) - Royal Navy Destroyer Obedient (G 48) - Royal Navy Destroyer Racehorse (H 11) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Wensleydale (L 86) - US Navy Destroyer Cony (DD 508) - US Navy Submarine Hake (256) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 175 (LCT 175) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 324 (LCT 324) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-764 (SC-764) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-127 (YMS-127)

1943: Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2062 (J 862) - Royal Navy Frigate Byron (K 508) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Gulland (T 365) - Royal Navy Patrol vessel Kilkhampton (Z 09) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1010 (LCT 1010) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 695 (MTB 695) - Royal Navy Destroyer Tenacious (R 45) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Bangust (DE 739) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-488 (LCI(L)-488) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-489 (LCI(L)-489) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Mosley (DE 321) - US Navy Fleet tug Munsee (AT 107) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Newell (DE 322) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1245 (PC-1245) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-786 (PC-786) - US Navy Destroyer Porterfield (DD 682) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 557 - US Navy Destroyer Escort Richey (DE 385) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-340 (YMS-340) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-381 (YMS-381)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-10 (LCI(L)-10) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-209 (LCI(L)-209) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-215 (LCI(L)-215) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1160 (LCT 1160) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 411 (MTB 411) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 765 (MTB 765) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Royal Marine (T 395) - Royal Norwegian Navy MS Trawler Karmøy (ii) (T 166) - Royal Norwegian Navy MS Trawler Oksøy (ii) (T 200) - Royal Norwegian Navy Motor minesweeper Vefsna (FY 1086) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-715 (LCI(L)-715) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-43 (LCS(L)-43) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-57 (LCS(L)-57) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 815 (LST 815) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE-895 (PCE-895) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-459 (YMS-459)

1945: US Navy Minesweeper Pigeon (AM 374) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 730

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 30 October (4)


1939: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Northern Rover (4.58)

1940: Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 109 (ML 109) - Royal Navy Destroyer Sturdy (i) (H 28)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 936 (LCT 936)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 30 October


1939

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter: HMS Exeter (Capt. F.S. Bell, RN) arrived at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands for much needed repairs.

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Manchester: HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Odin: HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Cdr. H.V. King, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oswald: HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN) conducted exercises off Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Singapore to Colombo see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Clyde: HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Freetown. During her patrol she had landed two ratings with Malaria at Dakar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Cachalot: At 1014 hours HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) sighted two aircraft, one of which machine-gunned her. A recognition grenade misfired and the submarine had to dive.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seahorse: At 2330 hours, in position 56°29'N, 01°10'W, HMS Seahorse (Lt. D.S. Massy-Dawson, RN) sighted a submarine. An attack was started but before torpedoes could be fired the submarine dived. This was most likely U-21 (KL Frauenheim) which was patrolling in the same area but the U-boat did not observe the British submarine.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) was undocked. However the starboard stern gland was leaking and the floating dock was raised again for repairs. After the repairs were completed Snapper was undocked later the same day.

Royal Indian Navy Sloop HMIS Lawrence: HMIS Lawrence (Lt.Cdr. F.W. King, RIN) departed Karachi for the Persian Gulf.

Royal Navy Battlecruiser HMS Hood: HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. Sir E.N. Syfret, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. A.G. Talbot, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN) and HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, RN) ran into a uboat line (U-56, U-57, U-58 and U-59) to the west of the Orkneys. U-56 attacked HMS Nelson but all three torpedoes that were fired and hit the target failed to explode).

Royal Navy Battleship HMS Nelson: U-56 (Zahn) attacked the Home Fleet and hit HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN) with torpedoes which failed to explode.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Whirlwind (i): HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN) and HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. M.B. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) scuttle the British merchant Bronte with gunfire in position 50°07'N, 10°36'W. HMS Walpole takes on board the 42 crewmembers of the Bronte. The Bronte was torpedoed and damaged on 27 October 1939 by German U-boat U-34 180 nautical miles west of Lands End in position 49°30'N, 12°15'W.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Daring: HMS Malaya (Capt. I.B.B. Tower, DSC, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Daring (Cdr. S.A. Cooper, RN) had a rendez-vous with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Plumleaf (5916 GRT, built 1917) off Socotra. HMS Malaya and HMS Daring fuelled from Plumleaf.

1940

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) departed Simonstown to rejoin convoy WS 3B at sea.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.J. Mackenzie, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. Ursula arrived at Gibraltar with various defects and required several weeks of repairs before she could proceed to Malta. Eventually repairs and trials would take 10 weeks.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) returned to Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Swordfish: HMS Swordfish (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) arrived at Greenock to begin a period of trials and training in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. F.J. Brooks, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. She was to join the Mediterranean Fleet. En-route she was to make a short 48-hour patrol in the Bay of Biscay but it proved to be uneventful and nothing was sighted. For the daily positions of HMS Upright during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Harwich for Rosyth. She took passage in convoy FN 23.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Harvester: German U-boat U-32 was sunk north-west of Ireland, in position 55°37'N, 12°19'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. C.M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN).

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Garland: Garland (under command of Lt.Cdr. Namiesniowski) left Plymouth and joined the escort of a small convoy.

1941

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Lowestoft (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN) and HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as target.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France near the Spanish - French border. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Olympus during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) returned to Freetown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe, Russia for her 22th war patrol. She is to patrol off northern Norway. Trident has only 12 torpedoes on board. No external torpedoes were carried as there were problems with the supply of torpedoes to northern Russia. For the attack positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below. No log is available so daily positions are not displayed on the map.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) ended her 19th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Equerry (T/Lt. H.C. Hutchinson, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig.

1942

Royal Canadian Navy Corvette HMCS Kenogami: HMCS Kenogami (Lt.Cdr. R. Jackson, RCNVR) picks up 90 survivors from the British merchant Barrwhin that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-436 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland in position 55°02'N, 22°45'W.

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith, USN) departed Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands / New Britain area. For the daily and attack positions of USS Swordfish during this patrol see the map below.

US Navy Submarine USS Amberjack (i): USS Amberjack (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bole, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

US Navy Submarine USS Whale: USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Azer) is badly damaged by depth charges and is forced to return to base.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) and MA/SB's.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, RN) arrived at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. These were followed by night exercises in the Clyde area with HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS United: HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Spaniel.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises near Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Royal Navy Escort destroyer HMS Hurworth: German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), after being located by a British Vickers Wellesley aircraft (47 Sqn RAF/F).

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. D.T. Hammond, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted trials off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 26: HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 27: HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR), HMS Minalto (A/Skr.Lt. A.G. Day, RNR) and HMS Lady Sharazad (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Shepherd, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: From 30 October to 1 November 1943, USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.L. Barrows, USN), conducted exercises off Midway.

US Navy Submarine USS Harder: USS Harder (Cdr. S.D. Dealey) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

US Navy Submarine USS Pargo: USS Pargo (Lt.Cdr. I.C. Eddy) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the north-west of the Mariana Islands.

US Navy Submarine USS Ray: USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) arrived at Brisbane.

US Navy Submarine USS Capelin: USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall. USN) departed from Darwin for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Molucca, Flores Seas. For the daily and attack positions of USS Capelin during this patrol see the map below.

US Navy Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) returned to Pearl Harbour. Later the same day she departed again for the exercise area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) made a practice attack on HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR). She then conducted night shadowing exercises together with HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) and HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) while HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as target.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. These included night exercises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) served as targets.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hotspur (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted noise trials at Loch Goil.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) ended her 1st war patrol (working up patrol) at Lerwick. The patrol was uneventful. She is now ordered to proceed to Chatham Dockyard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: On this day HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) attacked a German U-boat the Mediterranean southeast of Toulon, France, in position 43°04'N, 05°57'E. This attack was against U-73 but it inflicted no damage. HMS Ultimatum is often credited to have sunk U-431 in this attack. However U-431 was sunk with all hands on 21 October 1943 in the Mediterranean off Algiers in position 37°23'N, 00°35'E, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 179/Z). U-431's fate was revised in November 1987 by the Foreign Documents Section of the British Ministry of Defence. (All times are zone -1) 0707 hours - Sighted a 500 tons U-boat bound for Toulon. Closed to attack. 0716 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 7000 yards. A fourth torpedo could not be fired as one of the torpedo tube was defective. 0721 hours - One torpedo explosion thought to be a hit on the target giving a range of 6600 yards. The U-boats HE ceased and could not be seen when the periscope was raised it is thought the submarine was sunk. 0723 hours - Retired from the scene at 80 feet.

Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne) departed Lerwick for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea for an anti U-boat patrol. For the daily positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Viking: HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR), HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and ships from Canadian Escort Group C 4.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Gazelle (Lt. J.D. Sutcliffe, RN).

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West. Upon completion of these exercises R-10 was put on the slipway.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1944

US Navy Destroyer USS Laffey (ii): USS Laffey (Cdr. F.J. Beston) arrived at Eniwetok.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XI: HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Varsova, near Bombay with HMIS Baroda (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Ritchie, RINR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 19: During the night of 30/31 October 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), successfully made the northbound passage of Lombok Strait.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Dundee.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted exercises with A/S aircraft off Dundee.

US Navy Submarine USS Salmon: USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. Harley K. Nauman) hits with two out of four torpedoes the Japanese tanker Takane Maru (10021 GRT) previously damaged by USS Trigger off Toisaki, Kyushu, Japan in position 30°13'N, 132°49'E. Salmon is heavily depth charged by 4 frigates including Kaibokan 22 and Kaibokan 33. She dived to 500 ft (beyond her test depth) but is finally forced to surface. Kaibokan No.22 charges in to ram but Salmon heads straight for her attacker, passing her at only 50 yards and heavily damaging her with 4" deck gun and 20mm cannon fire. Kaibokan No.22 was left dead in the water. USS Salmon also drives off Kaibokan No.33 with gunfire. The Takane Maru was eventually finished off by USS Sterlet (each sub receives a third credit). This was one of the few confirmed cases of a WWII sub seriously damaging a Japanese frigate with gunfire. USS Salmon eventually managed to limp back to base at Saipan escorted by USS Trigger, USS Sterlet and USS Silversides.

US Navy Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Takane Maru (10021 GRT) south-west of Toizaki, Kyushu, Japan in position 30°13'N, 132°49'E. The damaged tanker is later damaged by USS Salmon and finally finished off by USS Sterlet.

US Navy Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. J.F. Enright) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu, Japan and to perform lifeguard duties during air raids on Japan. She was escorted out by USS PC-580. For the daily and attack positions of USS Archerfish during this patrol see the map below. As no deck log is available (for the moment) positions were taken from the patrol report. Unfortunately the patrol report does not give daily noon positions.

US Navy Submarine USS Barbel: USS Barbel (Cdr. R.A. Keating, Jr., USN) departed from Saipan for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea (a short 10 day patrol before proceeding to Fremantle, Australia for refit). She was escorted out by USS Corbesier (Lt. H.V. Jones, Jr, USNR). For the daily and attack positions of USS Barbel during this patrol see the map below. As no deck log is available (for the moment) positions were taken from the patrol report. Unfortunately the patrol report does not give daily noon positions.

US Navy Submarine USS Blenny: USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) participated A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) departed Fremantle for Colombo, this was later changed to Trincomalee. For the daily positions of HMS Porpoise during this passage see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area during which HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSO, DSC, RNR) served as target.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) conducted diving trials off Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Holyhead.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. She made the passage independently.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriott, DSO, RN) attacked a Japanese merchant vessel with 4 torpedoes in the Java Sea in position 06°17'S, 113°39'E. It was thought 3 hits were obtained but no sinking is reported by the Japanese. (All times are zone -8) 1058 hours - In position 06°17'S, 113°39'E sighted a medium seized merchant vessel of about 5000 tons approaching from the North. A destroyer was weaving astern. Started attack. 1155 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes from 2500 yards. It is thought that 3 hits were obtained but as Stoic went deep this could not be confirmed [No sinking was reported by the Japanese]. A second escort had meanwhile been spotted 6000 yards astern of the merchant vessel. After firing Stoic went deep and altered course towards the destroyer in the hope that she would pass overhead before starting to drop depth charges but no counter attack followed. 1400 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Falmouth. She made part of the passage in convoy MKS 65.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Andaman Islands (Port Blair area). Lt. Catlow was temporary in command of HMS Spirit as Lt. Langridge was sick. HMS Spirit was escorted out by HMIS Pansy (A/Lt.Cdr. R.G. Main, RINR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spirit: For the daily and attack positions of HMS Spirit during her 5th war patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) shifted from Leith to Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Southcoates (SKr. A. Duthie, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) shifted from Larne to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) encounters an unidentified submarine in position 02°38'N, 107°50'E. Neither submarine attacks. Tantalus lost contact soon after the sighting. (all times are zone -8) Maintained surface patrol 0815 hours - In position 02°14'N, 106°46'E dived for radar report and sighting of two aircraft, bearing 275°, distant 23000 yards 0908 hours - Surfaced and continued patrol 1815 hours - In position 02°38'N, 107°50'E sighted what was first thought to be a junk bearing 070°, range about 10 nautical miles. In the rays of the setting sun it had a distinct reddish appearance, like a junks sail, but as soon as the sun had sunk behind a low cloud, it lost it junk-like look, and was seen to have a tall single mast - generally more like a conning tower and a raised periscope 1824 hours - Turned away and increased speed to work round and close the object from the Northward, away from the light horizon against which we must have been clearly visible. As Tantalus turned a puff of smoke appeared low down on each side of the object and it rapidly disappeared. The puffs of smoke were exactly what one might have expected from a submarine increasing speed. Tantalus made a sweep to the Northward and then to the East, but nothing further was sighted 2000 hours - Set course to the Southward to clear the shipping route in order to clean out No. 3 main ballast tank, the fuel in which had been finished two days previously

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) sank two sailing vessels in the Malacca Strait. (All times are zone -6.5) 2057 hours - Stopped and boarded a 16 ton Eastbound junk in position 04°00'N, 99°10'E. The crew of 7 Chinese took to their sampan and were brought aboard. The junk was left in a water lodged condition, having been opened up with demolition charges. The cargo consisted of mostly tobacco. Shortly afterwards stopped a second junk. The crew of 3 Malays was taken onboard. The junk was destroyed by gunfire and ramming. The cargo consisted of rice and mixed spices.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) lays mines of the Mergui Archipelago, Burma. (All times are zone -6.5) 0128 hours - Proceeding on both main engines to approach the selected position for mine laying. 0225 hours - Now proceeding on only the Starboard engine at 320 revs. Speed 7.2 knots. Closed up for mine laying stations, with 4" and Oerlikon guns manned. 0313 hours - Arrived in position 12°12'N, 98°17.5'E. 0315 hours - Commenced laying the first four mines in position 12°12.00'N, 98°21.13'E. Direction of the mines was 345°. Spacing 600 feet in 7 fathoms of water. 0318 hours - Completed laying first four mines. Reloaded. 0337 hours - Tubes reported ready. 0341 hours - Proceeded on Starboard engine, 320 revs. 0342 hours - In position 12°15.20'N, 98°20.30'E. Commenced laying second line of four mines. Direction 260°. Spacing 600 feet in 6 to 6.5 fathoms of water. 0345 hours - Completed laying second line. Stopped and reloaded. 0410 hours - Tubes re-loaded. Proceeded on Starboard engine, 320 revs. 0419 hours - Laid the third line in position 12°14.10'N., 98°20.10'E. Direction 120°. Spacing 600 feet in 6 to 6.5 fathoms of water. 0422 hours - Completed mine laying. Retired to the South-West.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. She also carried out a deep dive trial.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Heysham.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt. R.F. Park, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) shifted from Tobermory to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Blade (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). [No log is available of HMS Varangian for November 1944 therefore no details on her service can be given other then the events listed here.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uther: HMS Uther (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upshot: HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted special trials off Holyhead with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urtica: HMS Urtica (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, DSC, RN) conducted special torpedo trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC and Bar, RN) is undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vigorous: HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Khios to continue her 6th war patrol.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vox: HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. M. Abrahams, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. J.R. Edmands, USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 23: HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) shifted from St. John, New Brunswick to Digby.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) conducted exercises off Port HHX.

1945

US Navy Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. L.L. Davis, Jr., USN) shifted from Providence, Rhode Island to the Boston Navy Yard where she was to be decommissioned.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Harwich.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) arrived at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Scorcher: HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) arrived at Malta.

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