Allied Warships

HMS Vigorous (P 74)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 74 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down14 Dec 1942 
Launched15 Oct 1943 
Commissioned13 Jan 1944 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 December 1949. Scrapped at Stockton on Tees.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vigorous (P 74)

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1Lt. John Chaloner Ogle, DSC, RN8 Oct 194328 Mar 1945
2Lt. David Sivewright Brown, RNVR28 Mar 194520 Apr 1945
3Lt. Norman Richard Wood, RN20 Apr 194519 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Vigorous include:


12 Jan 1944
Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted full fower trials off Barrow and upon completion of these departed for Holy Loch. (1)

13 Jan 1944
Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch where she embarked a trials party. She then conducted trials in the Clyde area for the remainder of the day before she returned to Holy Loch late in the afernoon where she was then commissioned for service. (1)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

17 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

20 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct her torpedo discharge trials. (1)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. (1)

22 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. (1)

23 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. Upon completion of these Vigorous proceeded to Holy Loch. (1)

25 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted calibration trials off Fairlie. (1)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (1)

27 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (1)

28 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Campbeltown during which HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) served as the target.

Later A/S exercises were carried out with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Upon completion of the exercises HMS Vigorous proceeded to Holy Loch. (1)

29 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) served as the targets.

Later gunnery exercises were carried out. These included night exercises. (1)

30 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted echo sounding trials in the Clyde area. She proceeded to Holy Loch on completion. (1)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) served as the target.

Later on the day HMS Vigorous served as target during attack exercises by HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN). (1)

2 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials off Helensburg. (2)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted D/F trials in the Clyde area. (2)

6 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (2)

8 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (2)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

11 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

15 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

17 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

19 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. Off Scapa Flow she was joined by HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

25 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Larne. En-route a practice attack on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) was carried out. (2)

29 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Larne. (2)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft. (3)

2 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with an escort group. (3)

3 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne. She also carried out a dummy attack on a convoy. (3)

6 Mar 1944
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with each other. (4)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (3)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. These included night exercises. (3)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (3)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with an Escort Group and HMS PC 74 (A/Lt.Cdr. A. Richardson, RNR). (3)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN). (3)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Larne to Holy Loch. (3)

18 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) served as the target. These included night exercises. (3)

19 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last nights exercises. (3)

20 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) and HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) served as the targets. These included night exercises. (3)

21 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last nights exercises. (3)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (3)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in AFD 7 at Holy Loch. She is undocked later the same day.

[As no log is available for April 1944 no details can be given for this month other then the ones currently listed.] (3)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (5)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to perform an anti-uboat patrol in the Norwegian Sea. (6)

4 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (6)

6 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (7)

18 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar.

The passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN). They were escorted until Round Island by the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves. (6)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

6 Jun 1944
HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) all departed Gibraltar for Malta. They made the passage in convoy KMS 52. (8)

11 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

16 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

19 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

22 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (6)

3 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to patrol in the Nikaria-Mykoni area. (6)

5 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to return to Malta. (6)

8 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. The patrol had been uneventful. (6)

11 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (9)

18 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (9)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

22 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (6)

27 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel PI 07 / Doxa with gunfire north of Suda Bay, Crete, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
0058 hours - Radar reported a contact bearing 070 degrees, range 4000 yards.

0104 hours - Sighted a vessel bearing 130 degrees, range 2400 yards. It was at first thought to be an escort vessel but was soon seen to be a caique. Decided to sink her with gunfire.

0120 hours - Opened fire with starshell but it only burnt for 20 seconds. Intended to fire more starshell but the shells twice jammed and had to be rammed out.

0131 hours - Opened fire with H.E.D.A. shells from 2100 yards. The target was lost from sight after three rounds had been fired which had all missed. Closed the range aided by radar. Fired eleven more rounds for eight hits. The target stopped and the crew abandoned ship. The caique was large, about 120 tons. Boarding was not possible due to the swell. When close it was seen that the caique was armed and then at least ten men were still on board. Some were seen to be German. Retired up to windward and fired twenty-four rounds for fourteen hits.

0255 hours - By now the caique was abandoned, on fire and sinking in position 35°49'N, 24°15'E. Retired to the north-east.

5 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to return to Malta. (6)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (10)

19 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (10)

21 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (6)

3 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of two sailing vessels off Paximadia Island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (11)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (6)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of a sailing vessel south-east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia Peninsula, Greece.

26 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Salomea (751 BRT, former Greek Evangelos Nomikos) off Kassandra, Greece.

27 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German landing craft SF 299. SF 121 was damaged.

5 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

9 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (12)

18 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (12)

24 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to proceed to Chios and from there proceed on patrol in the Aegean. (6)

3 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to proceed to Mitylene where she arrived later the same day. (6)

9 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to leave Mitylene and to return to Malta. She departed Mitylene later that day. (6)

14 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

17 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (13)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (13)

29 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. (13)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (14)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) transited the Suez Canal and anchored off Port Tewfik. (14)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Port Tewfik for Aden. (14)

15 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Kilindini later the same day. (14)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Kilindini where she was to be employed for A/S training duties. (14)

27 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Shapinsay (T/Lt. R. Murgatroyd, RNVR) and ML 834. (14)

2 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (15)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (15)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (15)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HDML 1106 (Lt. F.H. Barnes, KNRNVR).

Also a practice attack was carried out on the Dumont d'Urville. (15)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (15)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR), HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (15)

13 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (15)

16 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (15)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (15)

31 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Falmouth (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodhead, RD, RNR) and HMS Marguerite (T/Lt. G.K. Wrigley, RNVR). (15)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Freesia (T/Lt. W.L. Hancock, SANF(V)) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (16)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (16)

13 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (16)

15 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. (16)

22 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. These included night exercises. (16)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

27 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (16)

28 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (16)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (17)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (17)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Kilindini for Colombo. (17)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo. (17)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Colombo. These included night exercises. (18)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) returned to Colombo on completion of last night's exercises. (18)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (18)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) arrived at Trincomalee. (18)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (18)

21 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (18)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) returned to Trincomalee on completion of last night's exercises. (18)

10 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) is docked at Trincomalee. (19)

12 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) is undocked. (19)

15 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for Rangoon. (19)

20 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Rangoon where she was to serve as a floating power station. (19)

31 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Rangoon for Trincomalee. (19)

5 Jun 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from Rangoon. (20)

2 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Nicobar Island and the north coast of Sumatra. (6)

16 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) damaged a Japanese coaster with gunfire off north-west Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1228 hours - Surfaced in position 05°34.9'N, 95°15'7'E and opened fire with the deck gun at a beached coaster. 43 rounds were fired for 25 hits.

1235 hours - Dived in position 05°34.8'N, 95°15'7'E and retired to the north.

23 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (6)

9 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for Aden. (6)

21 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Aden. (6)

22 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Aden for Suez. (6)

28 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Suez where they entered the Panama Canal. They anchored of Ismaïlia later the same day. (6)

29 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Ismaïlia, transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said.

They both departed Port Said for Alexandria later the same day. (6)

30 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Alexandria. (6)

6 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Alexandria for Malta. (6)

10 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Malta. (6)

13 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both Malta for Gibraltar. (6)

17 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

19 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Gibraltar for the U.K. (6)

26 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Holy Loch. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19738
  2. ADM 173/19379
  3. ADM 173/19380
  4. ADM 173/18460
  5. ADM 173/18818
  6. ADM 199/1876
  7. ADM 199/1911
  8. ADM 173/18820
  9. ADM 173/19381
  10. ADM 173/19383
  11. ADM 173/19384
  12. ADM 173/19385
  13. ADM 173/19386
  14. ADM 173/19387
  15. ADM 173/20272
  16. ADM 173/20273
  17. ADM 173/20274
  18. ADM 173/20275
  19. ADM 173/20276
  20. ADM 199/2574

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


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