Allied Warships

HMS Varne (P 81)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 81 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down18 Nov 1942 
Launched24 Feb 1944 
Commissioned30 Jul 1944 
End service 

Scrapped at Troon, Scotland in September 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Varne (P 81)

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1Lt. Iwan Geoffrey Raikes, DSC, RN30 Mar 19443 Aug 1945
2Lt. Richard Hewson Akeroyd, DSC, RN3 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Varne include:

25 Jul 1944
At 1600 hours, HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) made rendez-vouz with her escort HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) in position 59.00'N, 01.00'W.

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)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) conducts attack exercises for the Commanding Officer Qualifying Course with HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). (3)

8 Nov 1944
At 0500 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous with their escort, HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (4)

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)

22 May 1945
HMS Universal (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Larne. They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN). (6)


  1. ADM 199/1872
  2. ADM 173/19420
  3. ADM 173/19129
  4. ADM 199/1871
  5. ADM 173/20041
  6. ADM 173/20128

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

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