Allied Warships

HMS Medway (F 25)

Submarine Depot Ship

HMS Medway as seen before the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 25 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Laid down12 Apr 1927 
Launched19 Jul 1928 
Commissioned6 Jul 1929 
Lost30 Jun 1942 
Loss position32° 03'N, 30° 35'E

Displacement: 14650 tons.
Armament: 2 4" guns, 4 4" AA guns.
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 1135 men.

Served on the China Station at the outbreak of the Second World War but left in April 1940 for Alexandria.

In the morning of 30 June 1942 HMS Medway (Capt. Philip Ruck-Keene, CBE, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by U-372 off Alexandria in position 32º03'N, 30º35'E while shifting to Beirut. 30 men went down with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 30 Jun 1942 by U-372 (Neumann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Medway

Commands listed for HMS Medway (F 25)

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1Capt. Geoffrey Meredyth Keble Keble-White, RN24 Feb 19398 Aug 1940
2Capt. Sidney Moffat Raw, RN8 Aug 194020 Apr 1942
3Capt. Philip Ruck-Keene, RN20 Apr 194230 Jun 1942

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