HMS Varne (P 81)
Submarine of the V class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||21 May 1942|
|Laid down||18 Nov 1942|
|Launched||24 Feb 1944|
|Commissioned||30 Jul 1944|
Scrapped at Troon, Scotland in September 1958.
Commands listed for HMS Varne (P 81)
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|1||Lt. Iwan Geoffrey Raikes, DSC, RN||30 Mar 1944||3 Aug 1945|
|2||Lt. Richard Hewson Akeroyd, DSC, RN||3 Aug 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Varne include:
At 2045 hours they were joined by HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They then proceeded together to Holy Loch. (1)
12 Aug 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN), HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR), HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Upon completion of these exercises HMS Vitality, HMS Varne and HMS Bridgewater proceeded to Campbeltown while HMS Trident proceeded to Holy Loch.
During the night of 12 / 13 August 1944, HMS Varne, HMS Vitality and HMS Bridgewater conducted night exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises all ships proceeded to Holy Loch. (2)
5 May 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed from Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She makes the passage with HMS Surf (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN). (5)
- ADM 199/1872
- ADM 173/19420
- ADM 173/19129
- ADM 199/1871
- ADM 173/20041
- ADM 173/20128
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.