Allied Warships

HMS Virtue (P 75)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 75 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down17 Feb 1943 
Launched29 Nov 1943 
Commissioned29 Feb 1944 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Cochin, India on 19 May 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Virtue (P 75)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Rudland Dallas Cairns, DSC, RN1 Dec 19433 Aug 1945
2Lt. Iwan Geoffrey Raikes, DSC, RN3 Aug 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Virtue include:


28 Feb 1944
HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN). They were escorted by HMS Quadrille (T/Lt. G.A. Peat, RNVR). (1)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Port HHZ for Holy Loch. Passage south was made together with HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) and HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (2)

5 May 1944
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice atack on HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN). (3)

12 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) and the British submarine HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) departed Holy Loch for the passage to Malta (Virtue to Gibraltar). They made the passage in convoy OS 80 / KMS 54. (4)

26 Jul 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) fires four torpedoes at the German sailing vessel Doxa (504 GRT) off Suda Bay, Crete. All torpedoes missed their target.

29 Jul 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) attacked a German sailing vessel with torpedoed and gunfire 13 nautical miles south-south-west of Milos, Greece but fails the sink the enemy vessel.

30 Jul 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) fires a torpedo against the small German merchant Dresden (120 GRT) east of Ananes Island, Greece. The torpedo however misses its target.

16 Aug 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank three sailing vessels with gunfire and ramming nine miles south of Milos, Greece.

19 Aug 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire south of Milos Island, Greece.

21 Aug 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire off Cape Spatha, Crete, Greece.

12 Sep 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) fires three torpedoes ' against what is identified as ' a auxiliary patrol vessel north-west of Psathoura Island, Greece. The torpedoes missed their target.

13 Sep 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary net layer Piraeus (670 GRT) in the Skiathos Channel, Greece. All torpedoes fires missed their target.

9 Oct 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Aghios Matthaios (35 GRT) with gunfire west of Cape Stavros, Crete in position 35°25'N, 24°57'E.

10 Oct 1944
While operating off Crete HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Sophia (150 GRT) with gunfire in position 35°31'N, 25°12'E and the Greek sailing vessel Aghia Anna (50 GRT) with gunfire in position 35°32'N, 25°03'E.

11 Oct 1944
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) sank a water carrier and two smaller vessels with gunfire off Cape Dhia, Crete, Greece.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19006
  2. ADM 173/18973
  3. ADM 173/19095
  4. ADM 199/1385

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


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