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 (49)

1918: US Navy Destroyer Howard (DMS 7) - US Navy Destroyer Stansbury (DMS 8)

1919: US Navy Gunboat Tulsa (PG-22)

1922: Royal Dutch Navy Submarine K XI (N 53)

1935: US Navy Light cruiser Honolulu (CL 48)

1936: Royal Navy Submarine Seal (37 M) - US Navy Light cruiser Helena (i) (CL 50)

1939: Royal Navy Submarine Union (N 56) - Royal Navy Submarine Urchin (i) (N 97) - Polish Navy Submarine Sokol (N 97)

1940: Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Brockville (J 270) - Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Trois Rivieres (J 269) - Royal Navy Corvette Loosestrife (K 105) - Royal Navy Corvette Oxlip (K 123)

1941: Royal Indian Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 281 (MTB 281) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 281 (MTB 281) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Sheppey (T 292) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Whalsay (T 293)

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-131 (LCI(L)-131) - US Navy Submarine Apogon (308) - US Navy Destroyer Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-131 (LCI(L)-131) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 397 (LCT 397) - US Navy Escort carrier Liscome Bay (CVE 56) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1243 (PC-1243) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 196 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1369 (SC-1369) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-989 (SC-989)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 924 (LCT 924) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Alfred Wolf (DE 544) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Groves (DE 543) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 607 (LCT 607) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 705 (LCT 705) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 654 (LST 654) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 655 (LST 655) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 980 (LST 980) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 981 (LST 981) - US Navy Destroyer Mannert L. Abele (DD 733) - US Navy Net tender Viburnum (AN 57)

1944: US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 292 (LSM 292) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 371 (LSM 371) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 372 (LSM 372) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 373 (LSM 373) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 374 (LSM 374) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 393 (LSM 393) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 394 (LSM 394) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1047 (LST 1047) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1106 (LST 1106) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 691

Launched (47)

1905: Royal Hellenic Navy Coastal defence ship Kilkis

1915: Royal Navy MS Trawler Invertay (FY 1748)

1926: Italian Navy Submarine Goffredo Mameli

1938: French Navy Submarine Céres

1939: US Navy Destroyer Gleaves (DD 423) - US Navy Destroyer tender Prairie (AD 15)

1940: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 11 (LCT 11) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 12 (LCT 12) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 13 (LCT 13) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 267 (MTB 267) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 18

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Nene (K 270) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2202 (J 1002) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 422 (LCT 422) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1009 (FY 1009) - Royal Navy Frigate Nene (K 270) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Rattler (J 217) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-45 (LCI(L)-45) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 88 (LCT 88) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 473 (LST 473) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-979 (SC-979) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-980 (SC-980) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-990 (SC-990) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-999 (SC-999) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-202 (YMS-202) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-250 (YMS-250)

1943: Royal Navy Destroyer Armada (R 14) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 640 (LCT 640) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Hodges (DE 231) - US Navy High speed transport Kinzer (APD 91) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-517 (LCI(L)-517) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 942 (LCT 942) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1510 (SC-1510) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-464 (YMS-464)

1944: US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-128 (LCS(L)-128) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 308 (LSM 308) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 309 (LSM 309) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 359 (LSM 359) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 360 (LSM 360) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 361 (LSM 361) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 362 (LSM 362) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 878 (LST 878) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 900 (LST 900) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 901 (LST 901) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 968 (LST 968) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1569 (PC-1569) - US Navy Minesweeper Tanager (AM 385)

Commissioned (36)

1920: US Navy Fleet tug Keosanqua (AT 38)

1922: Brazilian Navy Destroyer Maranhao (CT 12)

1936: Royal Navy Destroyer Hereward (H 93)

1938: Royal Navy Minelayer Ringdove (M 77) - Soviet Navy Destroyer Grozniy - Soviet Navy Submarine L-12 - Soviet Navy Submarine L-16

1941: US Navy Patrol craft PC-472 (PC-472) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-473 (PC-473)

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-177 (LCI(L)-177) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-247 (LCI(L)-247) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 402 (LST 402) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 219 (J 719) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-27 (LCI(L)-27) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 88 (LCT 88) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 83 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 86

1943: Royal Norwegian Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 715 (MTB 715) - US Navy Escort carrier Fanshaw Bay (CVE 70) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-513 (LCI(L)-513) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-514 (LCI(L)-514) - US Navy Dock landing ship Lindenwald (LSD 6) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 494

1944: Royal Navy Minesweeper Jewel (J 390) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Laertes (ii) (J 433) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 157 (LST 157) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 326 (LST 326) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 373 (LST 373) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 386 (LST 386) - Royal Navy Submarine Scotsman (P 243) - US Navy Submarine Bumper (333) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-84 (LCS(L)-84) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 119 (LSM 119) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 335 (LSM 335) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 863 (LST 863)

1946: Royal Navy Destroyer Vigo (R 31)

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 9 December (2)


1942: Royal Navy Corvette Marigold (K 87)

1946: US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 459 (LSM 459)

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General Events on 9 December


1939

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Orpheus (i): HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. For the daily positions of HMS Orpheus during this passage see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oswald: HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN) departed Malta for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Patras, Greece. For the daily positions of HMS Oswald during this patrol see the map below.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) completed her refit at Singapore.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Hong Kong.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Shropshire: The German merchant Adolf Leonhardt (2990 GRT) was intercepted in the South Atlantic off the coast of Angola in position 13°00'S, 11°30'E by HMS Shropshire (Capt. A.W.la T. Bisset, RN). However, before the German ship could be captured she was scuttled by her own crew.

1940

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

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Cheribon (Cirebon), Java to patrol in Strait Karimata. For the daily positions during the period of 9 December 1940 to 1 January 1941, see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. G.P. Darling, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

1941

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Glasgow: At midnight on the 9th of December 1941 HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, DSO, RN) in error sank the RIN patrol vessel HMIS Prabhavati with two lighters in tow en route for Karachi, with 6 inch shells at 6000 yards. The vessel was alongside the lighters and appeared to those in Glasgow to be a large Japanese submarine on the surface. HMS Glasgow arrived in Bombay with the survivors on 9th. HMS Glasgow had left Colombo for patrol on 6 December 1941, she returned to Colombo on the 25th. The event took place about 80 nautical miles west of Goa in position 15.20'N, 72.29'E.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived back at Surabaya. At 2100 hours HrMs Tromp departed Surabaya for Strait Sapé (the strait between Sumbawa and Flores Islands). For the daily positions during the period of 9 December 1941 to 23 December 1941, see the map below.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) arrived at Manado but nothing was sighted.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) ended her 1st war patrol at Tarakan. She departed again later the same day for her 2nd war patrol. Course was set to patrol in the Celebes Sea with the other two boats of the 3rd Dutch submarine division. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this patrol see the map below. HrMs K XV 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XIII: All five Dutch submarines that are now operating under British control (1st submarine division; HrMs O 16 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and HrMs K XVII (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Besançon, RNN) and the 2nd submarine division; HrMs K XIII (Lt.Cdr. M.A.J. Derksema, RNN), HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN) and HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. H.C.J. Coumou, RNN(R)) are ordered to form a patrol line 180° from the South point of French Indo-China.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Blackfly (T/Lt. A.P. Hughes, RNR) and HMS Paynter (Lt. R.H. Nossiter, RANVR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith, USN) claims to have sunk a steamer about 100 nautical miles west of Manila Bay, Philippines. There is no confirmation for this claim. (All times are zone -8) 0044 hours - In position 14°30'N, 119°00'E sighted a steamer bearing 325°. Ship thought to be about 3900 tons, course 105°, speed 13 knots. Started surface approach. 0057 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards. Submerged to avoid gun attack which did not materialize. Lost depth control but had a fair glance at the target. Apparently one hit 1/4 lenght from the stern. The ship appeared to be settling evenly but the back might have been broken leaving her stern a little high. Returned to periscope depth after about 20 minutes, nothing in sight. Consider ship sunk.

US Navy Submarine USS Skipjack: USS Skipjack (Lt.Cdr. Charles L. Freeman) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Samar.

US Navy Submarine USS Shark (i): USS Shark (Lt.Cdr. Louis Shane, Jr.) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol Tayabas Bay.

US Navy Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Manila for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of south-eastern Luzon.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbeaten: At 0530 hours, in position 37°42'N, 15°49'E, hydrophone effects were heard and nine minutes later three ships were seen which proved to be Dardo-class destroyers coming directly at the submarine. Torpedoes had been readied but the short range meant that they might pass under and the attack abandoned. These were most probably Granatiere, Alpino, Fuciliere and Bersagliere on passage from Taranto to Naples. A few hours later was ordered to form a patrol line in the Gulf of Taranto together with HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) and HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN). On 14 December the patrol line was abandoned and the submarines retired to the mouth of the Gulf of Taranto. On 16 December a new patrol line was formed, this time with ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki, ORP) and HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN). Unbeaten was ordered to return to Malta on 19 December.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area training a class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) torpedoed and heavy damaged the Italian passenger / cargo ship Sebastiano Venier (6311 GRT, built 1940) about 5 nautical miles south of Navarino. The damaged ship was grounded and wrecked off Cape Methoni. The fast Sebastiano Venier is was transporting about 2000 Allied POWs from Benghazi to Taranto escorted by the torpedo boat Centauro. It is believed that 309 PoWs and eleven Italians were lost [see this website for more info]. The destroyers Ascari and Carabiniere and the hospital ship Arno were rushed to her assistance but Arno was later diverted to the assistance of the survivors of Calitea torpedoed by HMS Talisman. (All times are zone -2) 1425 hours - Sighted a modern merchant vessel escorted by a Calypso-class torpedo-boat. Started attack. 1435 hours - In position 36°48'N, 21°39'E fired four torpedoes from 1200 yards. One hit was obtained. 1440 hours - Depth charging started. A total of 22 depth charges were dropped until about 1530 hours. None were close.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) attacked a German convoy with a total of six torpedoes off the Båtsfjord, Norway. No hits were obtained. The convoy attacked was most likely the one made up of the German merchants Theresia L.M. Russ (1694 GRT, built 1927), Steinbek (2185 GRT, built 1936), and Magdalene Vinnen (4525 GRT, built 1922) and the survey vessel Coburg (344 GRT, built 1938). They were escorted by the patrol vessels Nordwind, Nordriff and Polarsonne. This convoy had left Kirkenes at 0630 hours that day and was heading towards Tromsö at a speed of 10 knots. Later that same night the convoy was attacked again by a submarine and the Steinbek was sunk. The submarine that attacked the convoy was the German U-134. She attacked the convoy thinking it was Allied. (All times are zone -3) 1944 hours - Sighted a darkened ship on the starboard bow which was thought to be a destroyer. Turned to attack then sighted four ships in line ahead. Enemy course and speed were 325° and 7 knots. 1948 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the second merchant ship. Range was 600 yards. No hits were obtained. Seawolf was heavily rolling in the heavy seas and it was thought this may have effected the torpedoes fired. 1958 hours - Fired three more torpedoes from 3000 yards. Target was again the second ship of the convoy. No hits were obtained.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, DSO, RN) departed from Alexandria with orders to patrol of the west coast of Greece, the approaches to Navarin Bay. (This is HMS Torbay's 8th Mediterranean War Patrol) For the daily positions of HMS Torbay during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tempest: HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct her torpedo discharge trials.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) is ordered to a new patrol position in the Gulf of Taranto.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, DSO and Bar, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) departed Malta for her 17th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto. For the daily and attack positions of Utmost during this patrol see the map below.

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

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) is docked at Rothesay.

US Navy Submarine USS S-37: USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Manila Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Verde Island Passage.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR K-22: K-22 lays minefield in the Rolvs?ysund and in the Sommelsund. K-22 also attacks the Norwegian fishing vessel Veidingen (200 BRT) in the Rolvs?ysund.

1942

US Navy Submarine USS Greenling: USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. she was ordered to patrol between Truk and the Solomon Islands.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) ended her 33th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: In the early morning hours HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, RN) sent a signal report on her minelaying operation. Course was then set towards Cagliari, Sardinia. In the evening another signal was sent that Rorqual had 14 mines remaining. She was then ordered to lay these near Cavoli Island. However before the mines could be laid Rorqual was ordered on the 12th to patrol off Naples.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: Having completed her refit, HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN), departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in exercises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed from Beirut for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. She is also to perform a special operation. For HMS Taku's daily positions during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Süllberg (1663 GRT, built 1912) south of Hammamet, Tunisia in position 36°14'N, 10°32'E. [She was carrying 645 tons of ammunition, 62 tons of stores, 4 guns and 23 vehicles from Trapani to Sousse.] (All times are zone -1) 0930 hours - Sighted a small merchant vessel, estimated to be 2000 to 3000 tons, bearing 342°. She was proceeding close inshore south of Hammamet. Estimated enemy course was 250°. Altered course and went to full submerged speed to intercept further South on the coast. 0945 hours - Enemy course was now seen to be 235°, speed was 9 knots. The target was keeping very close inshore. P 35 proceeded to the South-West at full speed. 1057 hours - Turned to a firing course. 1100 hours - In position 36°14'N, 10°32'E fired 3 torpedoes from 4500 yards. A very heavy explosion followed after about 4 minutes. Another very slight explosions followed about 15 seconds after the heavy explosion. 1109 hours - Returned to periscope depth. All that was left of the target was a magnificent column of orange and white smoke rising to about 1000 feet in the air. [The tug Vega was sailed to her assistance but Süllberg had already sunk.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unison: HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. During this patrol several convoys had been sighted and attacks were started. These however all had to be abandoned when P 43 appeared to have been sighted. P 43 also had been attacked with depth charges several times. When P 43 returned to Malta Lt. Halliday asked to be relieved of command. His confidence was badly shaken and he needed a rest. P 43 returned to Malta with a defective port generator.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Marseilles and Genoa. For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) participated in exercises at / off Scapa Flow.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR).

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Burza: Around 2200hours the sonar operator on Burza detected a submerged U-boat. After short pursuit the contact was lost. Few minutes later another submarine was detected, this time on the surface at 900-1000 meters. The Polish destroyer tried to ram the enemy, but the German vessel managed to dive. 10 depth charges were dropped.

US Navy Submarine USS S-28: With her overhaul completed USS S-28 (Lt. J.D. Crowley) departed from San Diego bound for Dutch Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS S-33: USS S-33 (Lt. W.P. Schoeni) ended her 4th offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. E.D`H. Haskins, 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 L-3: The German merchant Edith Bosselmann (952 GRT) is mined and sunk off Klaipeda, Lithuania in position 56°05'N, 20°05'E. The mine was laid on 5 November 1942 by the Soviet submarine L-3.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Orfasy (T/A/Skr.Lt. G.A. Whichello, DSC, RNR), HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR) and HMS Viviana (Skr. R. Trueman, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 615: HMS P 615 (Lt. C.W.St.C. Lambert, DSC and Bar, RN) was undocked.

1943

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) arrived at Dakar where the President of the United States and his party joined for passage back the U.S.A. Iowa departed later the same day with her destroyer escort. For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with aircraft.

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

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, RD, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Sargo: USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Bowfin: USS Bowfin (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle. At Fremantle Bowfin was refitted, repaired and docked.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Casablanca for Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. No logs are available for this period so no map of the passage to the Far East can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Sonia (2719 GRT, built 1928, former French S.N.A. 9) south of Lemnos Island, Greece. (All times are zone -3) 1840 hours - Sighted a ship bearing 310°. Range was 8000 yards. Started attack. 1854 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 4800 yards at this ship of about 3000 tons. It was intended to fire four torpedoes but like yesterday no.5 torpedo tube did not fire o fired the stern torpedo also. 1859 hours - The stern torpedo hit the ship in the stern. She sank vertically in 8 minutes in position 39°43'N, 25°23'E. Retired to the Southward.

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 Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN), HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) and HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) all arrived at Tobermory. The submarines departed later the same day for the east coast of the U.K. escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tactician: Operation Pritchard (attached to the patrol report).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked and departed from Colombo for Trincomalee.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, DSO, RCN), HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN) and HMS Golden Thyme (T/Lt. J.S. Bowes, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) arrived at Fishguard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uther: HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) shifted from Walker to Blyth.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR), HMS Exe (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, DSC, RN) and HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR).

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 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.

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-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-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 torpedoed and sank the German barge F 580 (155 BRT) some 20 nautical miles east of Ak-Mechet, Crimea in position 45°29'N, 32°19'E.

French Navy Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1944

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Bamborough Castle: German U-boat U-387 was sunk in the Barents Sea near Murmansk, Russia, in position 69°41'N, 33°12'E, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Bamborough Castle (T/Lt. M.S. Work, DSC and Bar, RNR).

US Navy Destroyer USS Henry A. Wiley: USS Henry A. Wiley arrived at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Destroyer USS Putnam: With her shakedown completed USS Putnam (Cdr. F.V.H. Hilles) arrived at San Diego.

US Navy Destroyer USS Robert H. Smith: USS Robert H. Smith arrived at San Pedro.

US Navy Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) Topped up with fuel at Midway.

US Navy Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN) arrived at San Francisco, California for a refit at the Bethlehem Steel Company.

US Navy Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN) attacked one of two Japanese escort vessels with four torpedoes in position 34°00'N, 141°45'E. No hits were obtained and no counter attack followed. (All times are zone -10) 8 December 1944 2327 hours - Radar obtained a contact on two ships at a range of 12000 yards. From the size of the pips it was believed it were two escort vessels returning to Tokyo. They were zig-zagging at 13 knots. The fact that the were zig-zagging indicates that they considered themselves to be torpedo bait. 9 December 1944 0050 hours - The targets were sighted from the bridge at a range of 7000 yards. When the range had closed to 4000 yards it was seen that they appeared like destroyers but identification was no certain. 0210 hours - In position 34°00'N, 141°45'E fired four toredoes at the closest target from a range of 3200 yards. No hits were obtained. 0214 hours - Heard torpedoes exloding at the end of their run. The torpedoes may have run under but no counter attack followed.

US Navy Submarine USS Charr: USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbor. After voyage repairs a training period was undergone for which we lack most of the details (for the moment).

US Navy Submarine USS Chub: USS Chub (Cdr. C.D. Rhymes, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Lagarto: After a training period, USS Lagarto (Cdr. F.D. Latta, USN), departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Redfish: USS Redfish (Cdr. L.D. McGregor) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese carrier Junyo (offsite link) east of Kyushu, Japan in position 32°13'N, 129°13'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese carrier Junyo (offsite link) east of Kyushu, Japan in position 31°43'N, 129°04'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Thornback: USS Thornback (Cdr. E.P. Abrahamson, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Portsmouth Navy Yard for repairs.

US Navy Submarine USS Tigrone: With her torpedo trials completed, USS Tigrone (Cdr. H. Cassedy, USN), arrived at New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Turpin: HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. She departed for Scapa Flow after only a few hours. She made the passage together with HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR).

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: Shortly after noon, HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN), laid minefield ML 019 with 46 mines in two rows off Penang near position 05°16'N, 100°05'E. The minefield does not appear to have yielded results.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Fremantle, Australia.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): During the night of 9 / 10 December 1944 HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) passed through Lombok Strait Southbound.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They are escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) is undocked.

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

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra (Lt.Cdr. B.T. Simons, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) arrived at Dundee. She departed for Scapa Flow later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. D.C. Peto, 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-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) is put on the slipway at Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Plaice: USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese escort destroyer Maki (1262 tons, offsite link) east of Kyusyu, Japan in position 31°57'N, 129°01'E.

1945

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Talent (iii): HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for Hong Kong.

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