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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 (68)

1907: US Navy Repair ship Prometheus (AR 3)

1911: US Navy Seaplane tender Langley (AV 3)

1913: Soviet Navy Light cruiser Chervona Ukraina

1917: Royal Australian Navy Destroyer Stuart (D 00) - Royal Navy Light cruiser Calcutta (D 82) - US Navy Minesweeper Viking (ARS 1)

1924: Royal Navy Heavy cruiser Cumberland (57)

1930: Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer Assiniboine (I 18) - Royal Navy Destroyer Kempenfelt (i) (I 18)

1934: French Navy Torpedo boat La Bayonnaise - Royal Dutch Navy Torpedo boat Bouclier (H 20)

1937: US Navy Submarine Sailfish (192)

1938: Royal Navy Destroyer Gurkha (ii) (G 63)

1940: Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Minas (J 165) - US Navy Net Tender Larch (AN 21) - US Navy Net tender Locust (AN 22) - US Navy Net tender Mahogany (AN 23) - US Navy Net tender Mango (AN 24) - US Navy Net tender Mulberry (AN 27) - US Navy Net tender Nutmeg (AN 33) - US Navy Net tender Palm (AN 28) - US Navy Net tender Redwood (AN 30) - US Navy Net tender Rosewood (AN 31) - US Navy Net tender Sandalwood (AN 32)

1941: US Navy Minesweeper Fierce (AM 97) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-91 (YMS-91)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-301 (LCI(L)-301) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-124 (LCI(L)-124) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-296 (LCI(L)-296) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-300 (LCI(L)-300) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-301 (LCI(L)-301) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 346 (LST 346) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 414 (LST 414) - US Navy Minesweeper Arch (AM 144) - US Navy Minesweeper Armada (AM 145) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-124 (LCI(L)-124) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-296 (LCI(L)-296) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-300 (LCI(L)-300) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-301 (LCI(L)-301) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 343 (LST 343) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 344 (LST 344) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 345 (LST 345) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 346 (LST 346) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 414 (LST 414)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-505 (LCI(L)-505) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 404 (MTB 404) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 405 (MTB 405) - South African Navy Frigate Natal (K 10) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Jack W. Wilke (DE 800) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-505 (LCI(L)-505) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 591 (LCT 591) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 525 (LST 525) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE(R)-851 (PCE(R)-851) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 392 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 393 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 416 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 417 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 512

1944: US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1414 (LCT 1414) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1455 (LCT 1455) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1456 (LCT 1456) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 285 (LSM 285) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 300 (LSM 300) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 301 (LSM 301) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 421 (LSM 421) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 452 (LSM 452) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 844 (LST 844) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 875 (LST 875)

Launched (57)

1906: Royal Australian Navy Armed Yacht Adele (FY 089)

1913: Royal Navy MS Trawler Etruscan (FY 854) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Libyan (FY 1800) - Royal Dutch Navy Torpedo boat G 13 (H 35)

1917: Royal Navy MS Trawler Milford Queen (FY 615) - US Navy Fleet tug Allegheny (AT 19)

1919: US Navy Destroyer John D. Edwards (DD 216)

1922: US Navy Submarine S-27 (132)

1933: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Lincoln City

1940: Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 261 (MTB 261) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 12

1941: Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 23 (J 523) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 92 (J 592) - Royal Navy Corvette Pennywort (K 111) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-490 (PC-490) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-88 (YMS-88)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-250 (LCI(L)-250) - Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-252 (LCI(L)-252) - Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-255 (LCI(L)-255) - Royal Navy Escort Carrier Ameer (D 01) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-251 (LCI(L)-251) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-252 (LCI(L)-252) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-253 (LCI(L)-253) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-254 (LCI(L)-254) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-255 (LCI(L)-255) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-256 (LCI(L)-256) - US Navy Minesweeper Admirable (AM 136) - US Navy Minesweeper Adopt (AM 137) - US Navy Escort carrier Baffins (CVE 35) - US Navy Fleet tug Choctaw (AT 70) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-251 (LCI(L)-251) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-252 (LCI(L)-252) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-253 (LCI(L)-253) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-254 (LCI(L)-254) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-255 (LCI(L)-255) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-256 (LCI(L)-256) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 63 (LCT 63) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-770 (SC-770)

1943: Royal Navy Rescue Tug Justice (W 140) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-378 (LCI(L)-378) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1018 (LCT 1018) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1028 (FY 1028) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Serene (J 354) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-378 (LCI(L)-378) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 543 (LCT 543) - US Navy Frigate Muskogee (PF-49) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 407

1944: Royal Navy Frigate Loch Glendhu (K 619) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1089 (FY 1089) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-882 (LCI(L)-882) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1369 (LCT 1369) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1449 (LCT 1449) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1450 (LCT 1450) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 818 (LST 818) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 954 (LST 954) - US Navy Minesweeper Redstart (AM 378) - US Navy Net tender Yazoo (AN 92)

Commissioned (37)

1935: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Ruby (T 24)

1939: Royal Indian Navy Auxiliary patrol vessel Satyavati (FY 073) - Royal Navy ASW Whaler Buttermere (FY 205)

1940: Royal Navy Escort destroyer Exmoor (i) (L 61) - Royal Navy Corvette Rhododendron (K 78)

1941: Royal Navy Escort destroyer Exmoor (ii) (L 08) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Rosalind (T 135)

1943: Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2277 (J 1077) - Royal Navy Rescue Tug Earner (W 143) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-377 (LCI(L)-377) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 283 (J 783) - Royal Navy Destroyer Termagent (R 89) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Brackett (DE 41) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Eisele (DE 34) - US Navy Submarine Flier (250) - US Navy Net tender Lancewood (AN 48) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-481 (LCI(L)-481) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Leopold (DE 319) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Neuendorf (DE 200) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 296 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 553

1944: Royal Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1353 (ML 1353) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-15 (LCI(L)-15) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-16 (LCI(L)-16) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 492 (MTB 492) - US Navy High speed transport Kline (APD 120) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-877 (LCI(L)-877) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-23 (LCS(L)-23) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 229 (LSM 229) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 89 (LSM 89) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 771 (LST 771) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 811 (LST 811) - US Navy Submarine Springer (414) - US Navy Minesweeper Success (AM 310)

1945: Royal Navy Boom defence vessel Barcarole (Z 287) - US Navy Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 534 (LSM(R) 534)

1946: Royal Navy Submarine Alcide (P 415)

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 18 October (5)


1940: Royal Navy Submarine H 49 (N 49) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Kingston Cairngorm

1941: Royal Navy Rescue Tug Assurance (i) (W 59) - Royal Navy Destroyer Broadwater (H 81)

1944: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Geelong (J 201)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 18 October


1939

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) is undocked.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 20: HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) departed Ponta Delgada, Azores to continue their passage to the Dutch West Indies (Curacao).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) departed Ponta Delgada, Azores to continue their passage to the Dutch West Indies (Curacao).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Narwhal: HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sterlet: HMS Sterlet (Lt. G.H.S. Haward, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and MA/SB's.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Warwick Deeping (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Drake, RNR)

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 49: HMS H 49 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.

1940

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) arrived at Freetown.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Norway, near Bergen. For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 24 during this patrol see the map below. View HrMs O 24 2nd war patrol in a larger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Malta. She was undocked after only a few hours.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN). They were escorted by the armed yacht HMS La Surprise (Capt.(ret) E.Stubbs, RN). For the daily positions of HMS Cachalot during this patrol see the map below. As no log is available for November 1940 the positions at the end of this patrol can’t be shown on the map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: At 0815 hours, HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) also joined for the passage.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 7th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay of Lorient / St. Nazaire. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Surprise (Capt.(Retd.) E.Stubbs, RN). For HMS Taku's daily positions during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tigris: At 0825 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN) also joined for the passage.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) conducted noise trials in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these trials she proceeded to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Harwich. Earlier that day, at 0805 hours, H 28 was machine gunned by a German Heinkel 111 aircraft in position 52°12'N, 02°04'E. H 28 sustained no damage.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off / at Scapa Flow with HMS Quorn (Lt. E.A.F. Drought, RN), HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Mendip (A/Cdr. G.N. Rolfe, DSC, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) arrived at Rothesay.

Royal Navy Sloop HMS Leith: HMS Leith (Cdr. R.C. Allen, RN) picks up 19 survivors from the Estonian merchant Nora that was torpedoed and sunk on 13 October 1940 by German U-boat U-103 north-east of Ireland in position 57°02'N, 13°11'W.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Firedrake: The Italian submarine Durbo was sunk east of Gibraltar by the British destroyers HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Wrestler (Lt. E.L. Jones, RN) and 2 London flying boats (RAF 202Sqn.)

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Hibiscus: The British merchant Sandsend is torpedoed and sunk 254 nautical miles west-north-west of Rockall in position 58°12'N, 21°29'W by German U-boat U-48. HMS Hibiscus (Lt.Cdr. R. Phillips, RNR) later picks up 34 survivors.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Heartsease: HMS Heartsease (Lt.Cdr. E.J.R. North, RNR) picks up 9 survivors from the British merchant Thistlegarth that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-103 45 nautical miles west-north-west of Rockall in position 58°43'N, 15°00'W on 15 October.

1941

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: Early in the afternoon, HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN), set course to return to Freetown.

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter: HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) arrived at Bombay from Aden.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) arrived at Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Beppe (4859 GRT, built 1912) some 45 nautical miles west of Lampedusa Island in position 35°25'N, 11°39'E. The damaged Beppe is towed to Tripoli, Libya. (All times are zone -2) 0706 hours - In position 35°27'N, 11°45'E sighted smoke bearing 306°. Started attack. 0802 hours - In position 35°25'N, 11°39'E fired four torpedoes at two merchant vessels of about 6000 tons. Ranges were 6000 and 7000 yards. It was thought that two hits were obtained, one on each target. 0825 to 0900 hours - One of the escorts carried out counter-attacks in which 9 depth charges were dropped. No damage was done to Ursula. 0912 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel stopped in the position of the attack. Altered course towards and started to reload no.3 torpedo tube. 1005 hours - The vessel was seen to be lower in the water. 1100 hours - Nothing in sight. It was thought the vessel had sunk. [The other ship was the Italian merchant Caterina (4838 GRT, built 1920), and they were escorted by the destroyer Alfredo Oriani. Beppe was towed to Tripoli by the German tug Max Behrendt. while Caterina was later sunk by an aircraft torpedo.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: After repairs HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Malta to resume her 19th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) attacks an Italian convoy with three torpedoes. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -3) 1011 hours - In position 37°42'N, 23°51'E sighted two merchant ships, hull down, bearing 145. Started attack. 1108 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1200 yards. All torpedoes missed. 1144 to 1205 hours - Eleven depth charges were dropped by the escorting destroyers. The destroyers remained in the area until 1300 hours. Other hunters remained in the area for the rest of the day. According to Italian sources this convoy was en-route from the Dardanelles to Piraeus and was made up of the Bulgarian merchant Balkan (3823 GRT, built 1914) and the Romanian merchant (in German service) Balcic (3600 GRT, built 1940) escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Calatafimi and Castelfidardo

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) left dock. Later this day she departed from Malta again for her 20th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She is to patrol in the Adriatic and to proceed to Alexandria upon completion of this patrol. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Truant during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, DSO, RN) ended her 6th Mediterranean War Patrol at Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, DSO, RN) departed Malta for her 19th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kerkennah. For the daily positions of HMS Upholder during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the East coast of Tunisia between Kuriat and Lampion Island. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Urge during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR M-35: M-35 attacks a group of tugs and barges with two torpedoes and gunfire off Cape Olinka. No enemy ships were sunk or damaged during this attack.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-210: ShCh-210 fires a torpedo against the German tanker Le Progr?s (511 GRT) off St. Ivan island, Bulgaria in position 42°25'N, 27°40'E. The torpedo however missed it's target.

1942

Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine HNoMS Uredd: HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) torpedoed and heavily damaged the German transport ship Libau (3663 GRT, built 1920, former Soviet Kaganovitch) off the Norwegian coast in approximate position 61°17’N, 04°53’E. The Libau was hit in the engine room and beached at Araldeflu but was declared a total loss. (All times are zone -1) 1530 hours - Sighted a ship bearing 078° coming out of the Vilnesfjord. Commenced attack. The target was seen to be a ship of 2500-3000 tons. 1548 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. One hit was obtained. 1558 hours - As the ship did not sink fired another torpedo but no hit was obtained. It was then noticed that the ship was aground.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) was docked at Colombo.

US Navy Submarine USS Grampus (i): USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Craig) fires four torpedoes at the Japanese light cruiser Yura (offsite link) off Choiseul Island in position 07°47'S, 157°19'E. One torpedo hit the Japanese cruiser but it fails to explode.

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith, USN) departed Fremantle for Brisbane via Sydney. No positions are currently known for this passage so no map can be displayed.

US Navy Submarine USS Greenling: USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Hakonesan Maru (6673 GRT) off the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan in position 38°46'N, 142°03'E.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) while trying to attack the Italian tanker Panuco (7750 GRT, built 1941) off Cape Spartivento, Italy Una is detected and depth charged by the escort. The attack had to be abandoned. No damage was inflicted to Una by the depth charges. (All times are zone -1) 1250 hours - Near position 38°26'N, 16°41'E sighted smoke bearing 220°. Started attack. 1330 hours - Identified the convoy as a tanker of 10000 tons escorted by three destroyers. Enemy course was 040°. Una was in an excellent position to attack. 1356 hours - About 5 minutes before firing Una was detected by the enemy and forced to go deep and break off the attack. She was hunted by the destroyers. 1433 hours - A destroyer astern was in contact and came in to attack. 1435 hours - The destroyer went overhead and dropped a pattern of three depth charges very close. No damage was caused. 1440 hours - All three destroyers were still hunting. Abandoned the attack and withdrew to the South-East. 1520 hours - By now the enemy had lost contact. Two of the destroyers left to rejoin the tanker. The thrid remained in the vicinity for another 45 minutes before making off to the East.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Halifax. For the daily positions of HMS Severn during this passage see the map below. The map is incomplete as no log is available for Novemer 1942 so no positions can de displayed after 31 October 1942.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Safari: HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (also 5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to intercept a Southbound enemy convoy near Pantelleria. When this failed she was ordered to intercept the convoy South of Lampedusa. No daily positions are known for this period so no map can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Simonstown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) conducted noise trials at Loch Goil.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) is docked at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for the U.K. For the daily positions of HMS P 34 during this passage see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was ordered to continue her passage to Gibraltar.

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

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Portsmouth for Sheerness.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-303: ShCh-303 fires two torpedoes against ' what are identified as ' a merchant of 10000 tons and a merchant of 8000 tons off Norrk?ping, Sweden. The torpedoes missed their targets.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR S-7: S-7 departed from her base for a war patrol.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 615: HMS P 615 (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) participated in exercises in Scapa Flow.

1943

US Navy Destroyer USS Abbot (ii): While training out of Pearl Harbour USS Abbot collides with the light aircraft carrier USS Cowpens. Abbot is out of action for two months while she is repaired at the Pearl Harbour Navy Yard.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow HMS Uther left and HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) joined. Escort was taken over by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Horsham (T/Lt. W.H. Newby, RANR(S)).

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 Versatile (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Corlett, DSC, RN), HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, DSC, RN), HMS Grassholm (T/Lt. J.A. Antonsen, RNR) and HMS Northern Gem (A/Skr.Lt. W.C. King, RNR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Spaniel.

US Navy Submarine USS Silversides: USS Silversides (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Coye) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Tairin Maru (1915 GRT) north of Wewak, New Guinea in position 01°00'N, 143°16'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Hoe: USS Hoe (Lt.Cdr. V.B. McCrea) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Lapon: USS Lapon (Cdr. L.T. Stone) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taichu Maru (1906 GRT) and scores two dud torpedo hits on the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Keijin Maru No.2 (433 GRT) in position 33°59'N, 136°24'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Cdr. H.G. Munson, USN) departed Brisbane for exercises.

US Navy Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) departed Pearl Harbour for exercises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Heysham.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.B.de B. Kershaw, DSO, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) was docked at Bombay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Beirut for her 20th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). This was a storage trip to Leros. HMS Severn had on board 6 Bofors guns, 15 tons of ammunition,3 tons of aviation spirit and 8 Military personnel. For the daily positions of HMS Severn during this patrol / storage trip see the map below.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) arrived at Beirut where she joined the 1st submarine flotilla.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) arrived at Beirut where she joined the 1st Submarine Flotilla.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN). Upon completion of the exercises Storm departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with the British submarine HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) and the Dutch submarine HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN). They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as target.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted practice attacks on HMS Royalist (Capt. M.H. Evelegh, RN) for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) shited from Holy Loch to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Penang, Malaya. She is also to carry out a special operation. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tactician during this patrol see the map below. Ver HMS Tactician 7th war patrol click here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) ended her 17th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) conducted exercises off Beirut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uther: HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN), HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

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 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, DSC, RN), HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN) and aircraft.

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

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., 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.

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.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR S-31: S-31 fires four torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 5000 tons some 30 nautical miles south-east of Yevpatoriya, Crimea in position 44°58'N, 32°46'E. Both torpedoes missed their target.

1944

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XI: From 18 to 21 October 1944, HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN), participated in A/S exercises off Varsova, near Bombay.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington.

US Navy Submarine USS Flying Fish: USS Flying Fish (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Risser) ended her 11th war patrol at Midway. She was ordered to San Francisco for an overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Bluegill: USS Bluegill (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Barr, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Arabia Maru (9480 GRT) and Chinzei Maru (1999 GRT), and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hakushika Maru (8152 GRT) in the South China Sea, west-south-west of Manila, Philippines in position 14°06'N, 119°40'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Raton: USS Raton (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Shea) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Taikai Maru (3812 GRT) and Shiranesan Maru (4739 GRT) in the South China Sea, south-west of Luzon, Philippines in position 12°37'N, 118°46'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Crevalle: After repairs USS Crevalle (Cdr. F.D. Walker, Jr., USN) departed from Fremantle bound for Pearl Harbor. She was to proceed to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a full refit.

US Navy Submarine USS Seahorse: USS Seahorse (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Wilkins) ended her 6th war patrol at Midway. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Cdr. J.K. Fyfe, USN) attacked a 'Q-ship' with six torpedoes in the Banda Sea. No hits were obtained. Later one more torpedo was fired and one of the escorts was claimed sunk. Shortly afterwards Badfish was attacked by the Q-ship and the other escort but managed to escape. (All times are zone -8) 18 October 1944 2107 hours - In position 06°42'S, 123°09'E obtained SJ radar contact bearing 329°(T). Range 18000 yards. Commenced tracking. When the rang had decreased to 12000 yards two more pips were seen, these were two escorts. 2210 hours - In position 06°45'S, 123°30'E fired six bow torpedoes from 2600 yards. No hits were scored as the torpedoes ran underneath the target. 2218 hours - Pulled out to 10000 yards and started thinking over the situation. This smalled like 'a rat' (Q-ship). Decided to work up ahead, get on his track and look the target over in the early morning from periscope depth. 19 October 1944 0036 hours - Cdr. Fyfe could not resist firing one more torpedo but now set to one feet so fired no. 10 tube but nothing happened. Position was 06°45'S, 124°00'E. It exploded after a timed run to the port or far escort but nothing was seen from the bridge. Two minutes later however the pip of this escort disappeared from the radar screen. He must have sunk. The target and starboard escort did nothing at all. Started working up ahead again. At dawn Batfish started to close again but at ..... 0614 hours - Range was now 5500 yards. The target was seen to hoist a flag signal. Both he and the escort turned towards at high speed. The 'Q-ship' now uncovered his guns and his first salvo was a straddle. 0620 hours - Dived and went deep. 0644 hours - Three depth charges, very close. 0645 hours - Five more depth charges, even closer. 0647 hours - Five more depth charges, a little further away. 0725 hours - Sound lost screws astern. Came up to periscope depth. Echo ranging astern but nothing could be seen. 1335 hours - Surfaced and continued passage.

US Navy Submarine USS Charr: USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle, USN) conducted exercises in the New London area together with USS Daniel T. Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Eastwood, USNR) and USS Semmes (Lt.Cdr. F.L. Fullaway, USNR).

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) depaerted Gibraltar for Malta. She made the passage with convoy UGS 56.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Holy Loch where she started a training period.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.P. Young, DSO, DSC, RNVR) passed Umbai Strait Northbound.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Strongbow: HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) attacked a Japanese merchant vessel at anchor inside Sabang Bay. The torpedo fired at it hit an anti-torpedo net. (All times are zone -6.5) 1330 hours - Sighted masts and funnel of a merchant ship in Sabang harbour. Proceeded to work round the 100 fathom line and entered Sabang Bay. The merchant ship was of about 4000 tons and appeared to be laden. 1523 hours - Fired the stern torpedo from 3500 yards. After it ran 2200 yards it exploded, most likely on hitting an anti-torpedo net. Retired to the Northward. No hunt followed, only an MTB was seen patrolling in Sabang Bay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) sank a small vessel with a demolition charge in the Malacca Strait. (All times are zone -6.5) 1110 hours - Surfaced in position 02°51'N, 100°19'E. Stopped, boarded and sank a Tongkang of 50 tons. The cargo was electrical equipment in crates.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trump: HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) departed Barrow for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Douglas, Isle of Man.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra (Lt.Cdr. B.T. Simons, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt. R.F. Park, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

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

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

1945

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty arrived at Falmouth where she is berthed on the mud to await scrapping.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) was paid off into reserve at Lisahally.

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