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Laid down (26)

1914: Royal Navy Torpedo boat Z 5 (H 97) - Royal Dutch Navy Torpedo boat Z 5 (H 97) - Royal Dutch Navy Torpedo boat Z 6

1935: French Navy Torpedo boat Bombarde

1941: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 132 (LCT 132)

1942: Royal Australian Navy Destroyer Bataan (I 91) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1077 (PC-1077) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-744 (SC-744)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-307 (LCI(L)-307) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 568 (LCT 568) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 876 (LCT 876) - US Navy Destroyer Ingersoll (DD 652) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-307 (LCI(L)-307) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 219 (LST 219) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE-903 (PCE-903) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE-904 (PCE-904)

1944: US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-576 (LCI(L)-576) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-958 (LCI(L)-958) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-959 (LCI(L)-959) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 661 (LCT 661) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 730 (LCT 730) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 819 (LCT 819) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 862 (LCT 862) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 693 (LST 693) - US Navy Minesweeper Success (AM 310) - US Navy Minesweeper Superior (AM 311)

Launched (32)

1939: French Navy Destroyer Mameluk

1941: US Navy Net tender Mahogany (AN 23)

1942: Free French Navy Motor minesweeper D 374 - Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Wallaroo (J 222) - Royal Indian Navy Minesweeper Konkan (J 228) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 168 (J 668) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 91 (J 591) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Tilbury (J 228) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-522 (SC-522)

1943: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-276 (LCI(L)-276) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-276 (LCI(L)-276) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 423 (LCT 423) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 628 (LCT 628) - US Navy Minesweeper Defense (AM 317) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-276 (LCI(L)-276) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 21 (LST 21)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 927 (LCT 927) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-558 (LCI(L)-558) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1003 (LCT 1003) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 659 (LCT 659) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 982 (LCT 982) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 983 (LCT 983) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 656 (LST 656) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 685 (LST 685) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 416 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 524 - US Navy Destroyer Escort Tabberer (DE 418)

1945: US Navy Destroyer Gearing (DD 710) - US Navy Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 409 (LSM(R) 409) - US Navy Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 410 (LSM(R) 410)

1946: Royal Navy Submarine Alaric (P 441) - Royal Navy Sloop Sparrow (U 71)

Commissioned (33)

1918: Royal Navy Light cruiser Curacoa (D 41)

1941: Royal Navy Destroyer Gurkha (ii) (G 63) - Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 180 (ML 180) - Royal Navy Corvette Veronica (K 37)

1942: Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 465 (ML 465) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 62 (MTB 62) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 63 (MTB 63) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Wilton (L 128) - US Navy Minesweeper Trident (AMc-107)

1943: Royal Australian Navy Rescue Tug Tancred (W 104) - Royal Navy Frigate Bazely (K 311) - Royal Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1257 (ML 1257) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-279 (LCI(L)-279) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-318 (LCI(L)-318) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 160 (LST 160) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 382 (LST 382) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 461 (LST 461) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1032 (SC-1032) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1045 (SC-1045) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-241 (YMS-241)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 732 (LCT 732) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 922 (LCT 922) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 719 (MTB 719) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-418 (LCI(L)-418) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-555 (LCI(L)-555) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-735 (LCI(L)-735) - US Navy Minesweeper Opponent (AM 269) - US Navy Patrol craft PCE-844 (PCE-844) - US Navy Escort carrier Petrof Bay (CVE 80) - US Navy Frigate Pocatello (PF-9)

1945: Royal Navy Submarine Spur (P 265) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 384 (LSM 384) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 631

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 February (7)


1940: Royal Navy Destroyer Daring (H 16)

1942: French Navy Submarine Surcouf - Royal Navy MS Trawler Botanic (FY 707) - Royal Dutch Navy Submarine K VII - US Navy Destroyer Truxtun (DD 229)

1944: Royal Navy Armed Yacht Breda (4.84) - Royal Navy Light cruiser Penelope (97)

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General Events on 18 February


1940

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Odin: HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Mauritius.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Cdr. G.W.G. Simpson, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Salmon: In the afternoon, after observing through the periscope a few Danish trawlers, HMS Salmon (Cdr. E.O. Bickford, DSO, RN) received orders to a new patrol position 10 miles NW of Heligoland. The submarine proceeded cautiously through the German Declared minefield area but without observing anything in particular.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Hutchinson, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway. For the daily positions of HMS Truant during this patrol see the map below. HMS Truant 4th war patrol click here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, RN) was to depart Greenock for Portsmouth escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). But the sailing has to be postponed as Tetrarch developed problems with her after hydroplanes.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 participated in exercises off Portland.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Inglefield: HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) picks up four survivors from the British destroyer HMS Daring that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-23 about 40 nautical miles east of the Pentland Firth in position 58°40'N, 01°35'W.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Ilex: HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN) picks up one survivor from the British destroyer HMS Daring that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-23 about 40 nautical miles east of the Pentland Firth in position 58°40'N, 01°35'W.

1941

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Ambon. For the daily positions during the period of 18 February 1940 to 23 March 1941, see the map below.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig with MA/SB's.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 8 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HrMs Z 8 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR).

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

1942

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Surabaya from Batavia.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) was docked at Grangemouth where she is undergoing a refit.

US Navy Submarine USS Pollack: USS Pollack (Lt.Cdr. S.P. Moseley) leaves Pearl Harbor for her second war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with MA/SB's.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted special trials in the Clyde area with HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) departed from Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies for her 22th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Bali. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Truant during this patrol see the map below. HMS Truant 22th war patrol click here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 20th war patrol (18th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. This was another frustrating patrol patrol with several sightings but no attack carried out. While approaching Malta HMS Unique was grounded. She was refloated after a few hour. After entering harbour she was docked for inspection of the damage which was moderate.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urge: During the day Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, DSO and Bar, RN noticed that the weather became even worse and that it would be impossible to land the two remaining agents. Course was set to the North of Sicily where a parcel had to be delivered to another agent. Weather conditions became even worse and it was decided to remain in the Gulf of Tunis to ride out this gale on the surface.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 36: HMS P 36 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unison: HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Graph (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) arrived at Londonderry.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR), HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) C.E. Lowther, RAN).

US Navy Submarine USS S-37: USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Lombok Strait.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-403: While on patrol of the Porsangenfjord, ShCh-403 was spotted in thick fog by the German minelayer Brummer. Brummer tried to ram ShCh-403 but missed the Soviet sub. The escorting German auxiliary minesweeper M 1503 did ram ShCh-403. The Germans thought they had sunk the enemy submarine as was the Russian commanding officer who abandoned his ship, also thinking that it was sinking. The Russian crew however managed to regain control of their heavily damaged ship and return to base.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Graph: With her repairs completed HMS Graph (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch to begin a full series of trials on the Scottish west coast. She made the passage together with HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) conducts A/S exercises of Diego Saurez with HMS Balta (T/Lt. J.A.H. Punting, RNR). After these exercises O 21 departed from Addu Atoll for Colombo.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) was undocked.

US Navy Submarine USS Tambor: USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Ambruster) leaves Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to land a small naval party and supply's on Mindanao in the Philippines.

US Navy Submarine USS Gudgeon: USS Gudgeon (Lt.Cdr. William Shirley Stovall, Jr.) ended her 6th war patrol at Fremantle.

US Navy Submarine USS Peto: USS Peto (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Nelson, USN) completed her training period in the Panama Canal Zone.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Port Said.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Algiers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS Sahib (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) damaged the Italian sailing vessels Francesco Padre (97 GRT, built 1933) and Santa Teresa no.233 (20 GRT, built 1937) with gunfire off Capo d'Orlando, Sicily, Italy. (All times are zone -1) 1101 hours - Surfaced in position 38°09'N, 14°39'E and engaged a schooner with gunfire. 1110 hours - Dived after having fired 33 rounds for about 10 to 15 hits. 1137 hours - Surfaced to engage another schooner with gunfire. 1144 hours - Dived after having fired 41 rounds for about 10 to 15 hits. Sahib then withdrew to seaward. Both schooners were left stopped and dismasted. Due to the strong winds it was thought likely that both would sink (this was however not the case). According to Italian sources Francesco Padre was hit and immobilised, she was not seriously damaged but had to be towed. Santa Teresa had her wheelhouse destroyed and had four wounded.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) departed her builders yard at Liverpool for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt.Cdr. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN) attacks the Italian auxiliary minelayer F 95 / San Giorgio (364 GRT, built 1914) with gunfire off Cape Promontore. (All times are zone -1) 1557 hours - In position 150° Sunk Rock 3 nautical miles sighted the masts and funnel of a ship bearing 070° on course 180°. Later the course varied considerably as did the speed. An hour later the ship was identified as a patrol vessel. It had a 3" or 4" gun forward and a light AA gun on the superstructure behind the funnel. 1703 hours - The target stopped for 3 or 4 minutes before getting underway. 1714 hours - The target stopped again. 1721 hours - As the target was still stopped one torpedo was fired. from 600 yards. The torpedo failed to hit the target, most likely it ran under. 1722 hours - The target opened fire at the periscope. Thunderbolt went deep. Four depth charges were dropped close by. 1736 hours - Returned to periscope depth and saw the target 3000 yards on the starboard quarter going away. 1743 hours - Surfaced for gun action, range 5500 yards. The target made several alterations of course and fired a few erratic rounds and then decided to clear off as fast as she could towards Cape Promontore. 1759 hours - Broke off the action at 8000 yards due to the failing light. 66 Rounds had been fired for quite a few hits. A hit aft resulted in quite a certain amount of smoke. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- According to Italian sources the torpedo did pass under the San Giorgio. According to her action report, she fired three rounds with her gun and dropped two depth-charges then two more during a second run. Thunderbolt surfaced and opened fire. The San Giorgio fired back 32 rounds. She was not hit by Thunderbolt.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 18th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Naples, Italy.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trooper: HMS Trooper (Lt. R.P. Webb, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) attacked the Italian schooners L'Angelo Raffaelo (74 GRT) and Nicolò lo Porto (71 GRT) with a total of three torpedoes off Nabeul, Tunisia. The crews abandoned both schooners. That night wind increased to gale force and both schooners were wrecked on the beach. (All times are zone -1) 1335 hours - Sighted masts of two schooners off Neboel. Closed to attack. Observed two large schooners to be anchored close inshore. 1418 hours - Shore batteries opened fire at the periscope. Range to the schooners was 1500 yards. In position 36°25'N, 10°45'E fired one torpedo at the left hand schooner. 1419 hours - Fired one torpedo at the right hand schooner. Both torpedoes missed their targets. The crews of both schooners abandoned ship as soon as they saw the tracks. Unruffled then withdrew but it was quickly decided to go back and shoot one more torpedo. 1513 hours - Shore batteries again opened fire on the periscope. Fired another torpedo at the right hand schooner. It broke surface and ran off slightly to port and again the torpedo missed. During the night a wind increased to gale force and this did not look good for the schooners with no crew onboard. The area was examined on the 22th and two new wrecks were seen ashore.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Usurper: HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises on Inmarnock Water with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as the target and HNoMS King Haakon VII as escort for HMS Breda.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She made the passage in convoy.

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, 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-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

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

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

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

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR M-171: M-171 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a auxiliary patrol vessel of the Syltefjord. Both torpedoes missed their target.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR K-21: K-21 lays a minefield in the Lyngenfjord.

1944

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Spey: German U-boat U-406 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°32'N, 23°36'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey.

US Navy Destroyer USS Walke (ii): USS Walke departed from Washington for shakedown at Bermuda.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR), HMCS St. Catharines (Lt.Cdr. H.C.R. Davis, RCNR) and HMS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Ailsa Craig (T/Lt. T.G. Hornsby, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Thresher: USS Thresher (Lt.Cdr. D.C. MacMillan) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. N.G. Ward) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to San Francisco for an overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Gabilan: USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Raton: USS Raton (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Davis) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and the South China Seas.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Proteus: At 0139 hours, while conducting night exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course), HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) collided HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) which had to be beached and finally sank in 18 feet of water. There were no casualties. The submarine had only minor damage.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) returned to her builders yard for more repairs.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stubborn: At 0400 hours, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN), HMS Musketeer and HMS Scourge were joined by HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN). At dawn Beaufighters appeared and remained throughout the day. HNoMS Narvik was sighted to the westward and joined the 'convoy'. 1600 hours - HMS Meteor and HMS Swift parted company. See 19 February 1944 for the continuation of the events.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) arrived at Colombo and is put into dock immediately.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Eifuku Maru (3520 GRT, built 1939) off Nancowry Island in position 07°52'N, 93°38'E. (All times are zone -6.5) 1050 hours - While in position 121° Cape Connaught 4 nautical miles sighted three ships bearing 206°. Distance was about 8000 yards. These were one merchant ship escorted by a minesweeper and one other ship thought to be a trawler. Started an attack. 1109 hours - Fired 6 torpedoes from 3500 yards. 2 minutes and 20 seconds after firing an explosion was heard and the targets HE ceased. A muffled explosion followed a few seconds later. Trespasser went deep upon firing. The minesweeper dropped 19 depth charges over a period of about an hour. No damage was done by these depth charges. 1215 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find the minesweeper in sight hull down to the East of Cape Connaught. Nothing else was in sight. The target is thought to have sunk.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: On this day HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) sighted a 2000 tons merchant ship and escorting minelayer. A little later a Japanese seaplane tender and another escorting minelayer was sighted. Tally-Ho at that moment was engaged in a special operation and was not allowed to attack. (To the disgust of Lt.Cdr. Bennington).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Yarmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked a German u-boat off Toulon with four torpedoes which all missed. This was most likely U-455 going out for a trial deep dive. (All times are zone -1) 1200 hours - In position 43°04'N, 06°00'E sighted a u-boat passing Cap Cepet at a range of 3500 yards. Started attack. 1203 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3000 yards. All missed ahead. 1215 hours - Heard three depth charges exploding but these were not close. 1457 hours - Sighted the same u-boat returning round Cape Cepet. Fired our last torpedo from a range of 1200 yards. It is thought the torpedo missed astern. Upstart was hunted for the whole afternoon but managed to evade the enemy A/S vessels.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Borage (Lt. W.S. MacDonald, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. J.A. Wingate, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Penelope: My father William C. Moen was a member of PT Boat squadron 216 off the coast of Anzio. My father jumped in the water and helped save several of Penelopes crew just after the Penelope was sunk. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for valor.

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.

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) is put back in the water.

1945

US Navy Destroyer USS Barton (ii): USS Barton, USS Ingraham and USS Moale sink the Japanese guard boat Fukuichi Maru No.5 in position 30°00'N, 141°00'E.

US Navy Destroyer USS Soley: USS Soley (Cdr. J.S. Lewis) arrived at Norfolk to serve as a training ship.

US Navy Destroyer USS Waldron: USS Waldron damaged her bow when she rams a Japanese guard boat of the Bonin Islands in position 29°27'N, 141°34'E. Waldron was detached to Saipan to make repairs to her bow the same day.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) arrived at Dundee.

US Navy Submarine USS Cobia: USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Caiman: USS Caiman (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam. For daily and attack positions (though incomplete) for USS Caiman during this patrol see the map below.

US Navy Submarine USS Capitaine: USS Capitaine (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Friedrick, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS George W. Ingram (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Boyce, USNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) was docked at Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Port Said for Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) shifted from Blyth to the Swan Hunter shipyard where she was to refit.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) sank five sailing vessels with gunfire and demolition charges of the west coast of Siam. (All times are zone -6.5) 0557 hours - While proceeding North sighted a schooner of about 30 tons making for the beach. Position was 14°29'N, 97°56'E. 0620 hours - Opened fire on the schooner from 4000 yards. After 10 rounds of 4" for 3 hits she beached herself. The crew was seen to abandon ship. She was considered a total loss. 0642 hours - Sighted a group of 6 schooners and junks to the North. Closed. 0710 hours - Opened fire on a junk of about 20 tons at a range of 2000 yards. 0720 hours - The junk lowered sails after 4 rounds of 4". Proceeded alongside and placed demolition charges. 0740 hours - The junk blew up and foundered in position 14°30'N, 97°53'E. Proceeded to close a schooner of about 25 tons 3 nautical miles to the North-West. 0800 hours - Opened fire from 2000 yards. After 6 rounds of 4" the schooner lowered sails. Proceeded alongside and placed demolition charges. 0813 hours - The schooner blew up and foundered in position 14°32'N, 97°51'E. 0825 hours - Proceeded Northwards to close a schooner of about 30 tons. 0828 hours - In position 14°33'N, 97°51E opened fire with the 4" gun from 4000 yards. Fired 15 rounds for 6 hits. 0840 hours - The schooner sank in position 14°34'N, 97°54'E. The crew was seen to swim towards the shore. This schooner was very deeply laden. 0845 hours - Closed a 20 tons junk about 2.5 nautical miles to the Westward. 0850 hours - Opened fire with the 4" gun from 1500 yards. After firing 4 rounds of 4" she lowered sails. 0855 hours - Proceeded alongside. Placed demolition charges. 0903 hours - The junk blew up and foundered in position 14°35'N, 97°51'E. Proceeded to close another junk 1 mile to the North. This junk had already lowered her sails. 0920 hours - Proceeded alongside. Found that the cargo was for local use and not for the Japanese. Took her alongside and proceeded towards a schooner which had lowered sails about 3 nautical miles to the Northward in order to transfer the crews of several of the destroyed vessels to her after sinking this schooner. Meanwhile two aircraft were sighted but these did not sight Thorough. Most likely due to the junk that was alongside. 0935 hours - The junk alongside broke adrift with the boarding party on board. At this time Lt. Chandler became somewhat suspicious of the schooner. It's crew was seen leaving her early on in a well fitted out boat. He instructed the boarding party to sail the junk into deeper water and then opened fire on the schooner with 4" and Oerlikon. Numerous hits were obtained. 0955 hours - Closed the schooner to investigate. She was abandoned so proceeded alongside. Removed the ships papers, they showed she was coming from Penang and under Japanese orders. Demolition charges were placed. 1015 hours - The schooner blew up but did not sink. 4 rounds with the deck gun were fired before she sank at 1018 hours in position 14°40'N, 97°47'E. Set course towards the junk with the boarding party. 1055 hours - The junk secured alongside. The boarding party was replaced with the native crew and they were allowed to proceed. Thorough now sets course for Narcondam Island for air/sea rescue duties.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tiptoe: HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Aden bound for Trincomalee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits together with HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN). For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trenchant during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trenchant 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trump: HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Aden for Trincomalee.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. M. Abrahams, USN) 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.

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