Allied Warships


Submarine of the K (Katjusa) class

NavyThe Soviet Navy
ClassK (Katjusa) 
Built byBaltiyskiy Zavod (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.) / Yard 189. 
Laid down17 Oct 1937 
Launched29 Dec 1940 
Commissioned25 Nov 1942 
End service 

Baltic fleet.

Decommissioned on 30 December 1956.
Stricken on 16 October 1957.


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Notable events involving K-56 include:

25 Sep 1944
Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). She made part of the passage (until Dundee) with the Polish submarine ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski). (1)

26 Dec 1944
K-56 torpedoed and damaged the German merchant Baltenland (3038 GRT) off the Polish north coast in position 55°13'N, 16°57'E.

29 Dec 1944
K-56 torpedoed and sank the Swedish merchant Venersborg (1046 GRT) off Bornholm in position 55°40'N, 15°03'E.

4 Apr 1945
K-56 fires four torpedoed against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1201 31 nautical miles north-west of the Stilo lighthouse in position 55°08'N, 17°01'E. The torpedoes however miss their target.

11 Apr 1945
K-56 sank the Swedish fishing vessel Ramona (57 GRT) with gunfire 25 nautical miles south of Utklippan in position 55°17'N, 16°00'E.


  1. ADM 173/19409

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

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