Allied Warships

HMS Urtica (P 83)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 83 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down27 Apr 1943 
Launched23 Mar 1944 
Commissioned20 Jun 1944 
End service 
History

Urtica is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List.

Scrapped at Milford Haven in March 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMS Urtica (P 83)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Kenneth Henry Martin, RN15 Mar 194428 Sep 1944
2Lt. Ronald Max Seaburne-May, DSC, RN28 Sep 19447 Feb 1945
3Lt. Roger Cresswell Bucknall, RN7 Feb 1945Jul 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Urtica include:


16 Jul 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN). (1)

20 Jul 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN). (2)

26 Jul 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR).

Upon completion of these A/S exercises, attack exercises were carried out with HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN). (2)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Uther (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr.(Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). HMS Urtica (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) also made passage but left when off Holyhead. (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6373 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18530
  3. ADM 199/2573

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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