Allied Warships

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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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Laid down (36)

1916: Light cruiser Ceres (D 59)

1917: Submarine R-16 (93)

1940: Boom defence vessel Barmill (Z 67) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 263 (MTB 263) - Motor torpedo boat PT 14

1941: Corvette Halifax (K 237) - Monitor Abercrombie (F 109)

1942: Submarine Dragonet (293) - Submarine chaser SC-977 (SC-977)

1943: Destroyer escort Bertioga (Be 1) - Destroyer escort Bocaina (Be 8) - Escort Carrier Arbiter (D 31) - Frigate Bentley (K 465) - Escort carrier Kalinin Bay (CVE 68) - Tank landing ship LST 243 (LST 243) - Destroyer Escort Marts (DE 174) - Destroyer Norman Scott (DD 690) - Destroyer Escort Pennewill (DE 175) - Escort carrier St. Simon (CVE 51)

1944: Minesweeper Rosamund (J 439) - Frigate Widemouth Bay (K 615) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1005 (LCI(L)-1005) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-620 (LCI(L)-620) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-683 (LCI(L)-683) - Landing craft tank LCT 1136 (LCT 1136) - Landing craft tank LCT 1137 (LCT 1137) - Landing craft tank LCT 1138 (LCT 1138) - Medium landing ship LSM 146 (LSM 146) - Medium landing ship LSM 147 (LSM 147) - Medium landing ship LSM 261 (LSM 261) - Medium landing ship LSM 262 (LSM 262) - Tank landing ship LST 1024 (LST 1024) - Tank landing ship LST 1025 (LST 1025) - Tank landing ship LST 632 (LST 632) - Tank landing ship LST 920 (LST 920) - Tank landing ship LST 922 (LST 922)

Launched (30)

1919: Destroyer Sherwood (I 80) - Destroyer Hovey (DMS 11) - Destroyer Howard (DMS 7) - Destroyer Long (DMS 12) - Destroyer Rodgers (DD 254)

1935: Minesweeper Rybitwa (R)

1941: Minesweeper Transcona (J 271) - MS Trawler Prodigal (T 187) - Submarine O 27

1943: Minesweeper BYMS 2232 (J 1032) - Destroyer Escort Howard D. Crow (DE 252) - Aircraft Carrier Intrepid (CV 11) - Minesweeper YMS-232 (YMS-232)

1944: Frigate Glace Bay (K 414) - Destroyer Nookta (R 96) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7035 (LCT 7035) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7104 (LCT 7104) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-602 (LCI(L)-602) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-680 (LCI(L)-680) - Landing craft tank LCT 1079 (LCT 1079) - Landing craft tank LCT 692 (LCT 692) - Tank landing ship LST 913 (LST 913) - Submarine Spikefish (404) - Net tender Viburnum (AN 57)

1945: Tank landing ship LST 3513 (LST 3513) - MS Trawler Wiay (T 441) - Frigate Wigtown Bay (K 616) - Motor torpedo boat PT 660 - Motor torpedo boat PT 701

1947: Submarine M-206

Commissioned (35)

1914: Gunboat Sacramento (PG-19)

1916: River gunboat Ladybird (T 58)

1927: Patrol vessel Reliance (WPC 150)

1934: Submarine M-1

1935: Destroyer Fame (H 78)

1940: Fleet tug Cherokee (AT 66)

1941: Corvette Nanaimo (K 101) - Corvette Rimouski (K 121) - MS Trawler Copinsay (T 147) - Sloop Erne (U 03) - Motor minesweeper MMS 39 (J 539)

1943: Submarine chaser Jundiaí (CS 58) - Motor minesweeper MMS 272 (J 772) - Corvette Flora - Tank landing ship LST 18 (LST 18) - Submarine Pargo (264) - Submarine chaser SC-1069 (SC-1069) - Submarine chaser SC-1270 (SC-1270) - Minesweeper YMS-17 (YMS-17)

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1100 (LCT 1100) - Motor Fishing Vessel MFV 1005 (MFV 1005) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 2001 (MTB 2001) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1060 (LCI(L)-1060) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-598 (LCI(L)-598) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-752 (LCI(L)-752) - Tank landing ship LST 660 (LST 660) - Tank landing ship LST 735 (LST 735) - Net tender Manchineel (AN 54) - Destroyer Escort Richard W. Suesens (DE 342)

1945: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1444 (ML 1444) - Destroyer Lofberg (DD 759) - Medium landing ship LSM 485 (LSM 485) - Tank landing ship LST 1055 (LST 1055) - Patrol craft PCE(R)-857 (PCE(R)-857) - Seaplane tender Pine Island (AV 12)

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 26 April (3)


1941: Torpedo boat Kidonia

1942: Destroyer Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)

1952: Destroyer Hobson (DD 464)

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General Events on 26 April


1940

Submarine HMS Odin: HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Malta.

Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Orpheus (i): HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) arrived at Malta.

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Phoenix: HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Nowell, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Narwhal: HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Burch, RN) arrived at Immingham. After embarking mines she departed later the same day for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to lay a minefield (F.D. 6) off Skagen. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, RN) conducted trials of Singapore.

Submarine HMS Swordfish: During the morning, HMS Swordfish (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) sighted many drifting mines between 57°39'N, 07°43'E and 57°39'N, 07°25'E, as she was diving she hit one but it failed to explode.

Submarine HMS Shark (i): HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich.

Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Harwich.

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Hutchinson, RN) is undocked.

Destroyer HMS Grafton: The Polish destroyer Burza and the British destroyer HMS Grafton were part of an escort of small convoy (two cargo ships and one tanker). Those vessels were sailing to Skjel Fjord, Norway where an Allied supply base was located.

Destroyer ORP Burza: The Polish destroyer Burza and the British destroyer HMS Grafton were part of an escort of small convoy (two cargo ships and one tanker). Those vessels were sailing to Skjel Fjord, Norway where an Allied supply base was located.

Destroyer FR Cyclone: Cyclone (Capt. Yves Fran?ois Charles Anne Marie Urvoy de Portzamparc) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April.

Destroyer FR Mistral: Mistral departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April.

Destroyer FR Sirocco: Sirocco (Capitaine de Corvette Guillaume Rons Cristophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April.

1941

Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN) was docked at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 11th war patrol. This is her 1st Mediterranean war patrol. She is to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea and to proceed to Alexandria afterwards. For HMS Taku's daily positions during this patrol see the map below. HMS Taku 11th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) arrived back at Halifax.

Submarine HMS Union: HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Union during this passage see the map below. HMS Union passage Gibraltar - Malta click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Upholder: At 2144 hours HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) destroys the wreck (with demolition charges) of the grounded German merchant Arta (2452 GRT, built 1922) off Kerkennah, Tunisia in position 34°54.5'N, 11°37'E. Before blowing up the ship the captains safe was blown up and the papers in it were taken.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Beryl, HMS Urge, HMS Utmost and HMS Upholder. Spare Commanding Officer Lt. Brookes had temporary taken command of HMS Upright as Lt. Norman was sick.

Submarine HMS Usk (i): HMS Usk (Lt. G.P. Darling, RN) was ordered by Captain S.1's signal of 1254/26 to form a patrol line with HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN), HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN), HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN), HMS Ursula (Lt. A.J. Mackenzie, RN), HMS Upright (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) and HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) in position 37°00'N, 11°00'E - 000° - 30'-40'. However, a destroyer had been observed a large patch of oil at 2025/26 and she was told that she was authorised to withdraw to the northwest, near Cape Bon. She never answered and is believed to have been sunk most probably by mine off Cape Bon. The Vichy French freighter S.N.A. 7 (2679 GRT, built 1922) on her way to Sousse, was torpedoed or mined near Cape Bon at 0720 hours on 27 April. Could this have been the work of HMS Usk? It is not impossible but, on 24 April, the Italian torpedo boat Simone Schiaffino was mined and sunk on a minefield about 7 miles northeast of Cape Bon and it was believed that S.N.A. 7 had been the victim of one of these mines. It is also probable that Usk was lost on the same minefield. There were no survivors.

Destroyer HMAS Stuart: HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) rescued 600 stranded troops from Tolon Bay, Crete, ferried them to Navplion and transferred them to light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) then returned to Tolon and embarked more, taking them to Suda Bay. In the evening of 27 April sailed from Suda escorting convoy GA.14, consisting of troopship Glenearn, evacuating troops, with light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) destroyer HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and corvette Hyacinth (A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, RNR).

Destroyer HMS Diamond: Rescued 600 troops from Crete after transports had been sunk by air attack during the evacuation of Crete.

Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun was part of the escort of large convoy bound for the Middle East.

1942

Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) arrived at Bombay where she was to undergo repairs at the Royal Dockyard.

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) arrived at Port Said and entered the Suez Canal.

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR).

Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. W.E. Ferrall, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

Submarine USS Porpoise: USS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.R. McKnight, Jr) left Fremantle for her third war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Dutch East Indies.

Submarine USS Grouper: USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Duke, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine HMS Proteus: At 1500 hours HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) was in approximate position 36°35’N, 19°40’E when she was informed of the passage of a 3000-ton southbound tanker [this was Proserpina (4870 GRT, built 1926) escorted by the destroyer Emanuele Pessagno]. She moved westward to intercept but nothing was seen.

Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria. Due to heavy enemy air attacks it had been decided to retire the small number of submarines currently based at Malta to Alexandria. No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) attacked the Portuguese sailing vessel Vale Formoso II with gunfire south of San Remo, Italy. Also two torpedoes were fired which missed. When it was finally seen that it was a neutral ship she was allowed to proceed. (All times are zone -1) 0430 hours - Sighted a lighted ship in position 43°42'N, 07°58'E. Closed on the surface and prepared to attack. 0549 hours - Sighted a darkened vessel approaching. Dived. As daylight increased this second ship was seen to be a schooner. Decided to attack with the gun. After 5 rounds had been fired from 1400 yards the gun jammed. A Lewis gun was then used but this too was out of action after firing only one double pan. She had 2 small very dirty flags flying. These could not be identified. She hoisted a large Italian flag and altered course to port. By this time, she was practically stopped. A trap was suspected so 2 torpedoes were fired from 500 yards. The first passed ahead and the second was not seen to run and dived to the bottom. Its explosion was fairly severe, and put the Asdic set out of action. P 42 then closed the schooner and the two small flags were seen to be the Portuguese and Swiss flags. The schooner was then hailed in Italian and Portuguese. It was found out that the schooner had sailed from Genoa and was out of position due to lack of wind. She was then allowed to proceed and was told in Italian to get much further to the southward. 0649 hours - Dived in position 43°35'N, 07°53'E and cleared the area.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun left Argentia, Canada with a convoy to Great Britain.

1943

Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) attacked but missed the Italian submarine Dandolo with four torpedoes west-south-west of Sardinia. The Italian submarine spotted three torpedo tracks and turned away, two missed passed on her port side and the third on the starboard side. (All times are zone -1) 0305 hours - In position 38°15'N, 05°52'E sighted a submarine steering a course of 340° abaft our beam. Range was between 2000 and 3000 yards. 0307 hours - The enemy zigged, course was now 320°. 0309 hours - Started attack. 0310 hours - Fired a salvo of four torpedoes from 1500 yards. Unfortunately, right at that moment the enemy started going astern and all torpedoes missed. 0312 hours - Dived. The enemy remained on the surface and made off to the northward.

Submarine USS Greenling: USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane.

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Durban for Simonstown. She is escorted by HMS Fritillary (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Barker, RD, RNR). En-route exercises are carried out with the escort vessel and SAAF aircraft. During the night of 27/28 April the two ships lost contact. Aircraft searched for Trusty but were unable to find her, looks like some more exercises were needed !

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) attacked but missed an Italian transport with three torpedoes off Palermo, no hits were obtained. This was probably Anagni (ex French El Mansour, 5818 GRT, built 1933) escorted by the torpedo boat Antares. They had sailed from Palermo for Leghorn. (All times are zone -1) 1545 hours - Sighted a 6000 ton merchant vessel escorted by a modern torpedo-boat and two aircraft leaving Palermo. Started attack. 1617 hours - In position 38°13'N, 13°26'E fired the last three torpedoes from 5500 yards. Unbroken went deep on firing. No hits were obtained.

Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Ultor see the map below.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of Sicily. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed Holy Loch for Londonderry (Lough Foyle).

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-6: USS R-6 arrived at Trinidad from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1944

Destroyer Escort USS Barber: German U-boat U-488 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17°54'N, 38°05'W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden.

Destroyer Escort USS Frost: German U-boat U-488 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17°54'N, 38°05'W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden.

Destroyer Escort USS Huse: German U-boat U-488 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17°54'N, 38°05'W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden.

Destroyer Escort USS Snowden: German U-boat U-488 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17°54'N, 38°05'W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Submarine USS Sargo: USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Carmick) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Wazan Maru (4851 GRT) off Ichiye Zaki, Honshu, Japan in position 33°31'N, 135°24'E.

Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Cdr. George A. Sharp) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Brisbane, Australia. While operating out of Australia she carried supplies to the Philippine resistance and evacuates several refugees. Nautilus completed her 14th and last war patrol at Darwin on 30 January 1945.

Submarine USS Bonefish: USS Bonefish (Lt.Cdr. T.W. Hogan) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Tokiwa Maru (806 GRT) at the entrance to Davao Gulf, Philippines in position 06°13'N, 125°49'E.

Submarine USS Jack: While operation off the west coast of Luzon, Philippines USS Jack (Lt.Cdr. T.M. Dykers) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Yoshida Maru No.1 (5425 GRT) in position 18°06'N, 119°40'E, and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Wales Maru (6586 GRT) in position 18°14'N, 119°53'E.

Submarine USS Aspro: USS Aspro (Cdr. W.A. Stevenson, USN) refuels at Midway. She departed for her patrol area after a few hours.

Submarine USS Guavina: USS Guavina (Lt.Cdr. C. Tiedeman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Noshiro Maru (2333 GRT) off Miko Jima in position 28°42'N, 141°26'E.

Submarine USS Pomfret: USS Pomfret conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay where she resumed her training duties.

Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) is docked at Holy Loch to inspect the damage. She ws undocked later the same day.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Loch Monteith (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (5th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. This was the last patrol of her 1st commission. She is now to return to the U.K. for a refit.

Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 9th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She is to patrol off the North-West coast of Sumatra. She is also to undertake a special operation (Details to follow). For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this patrol see the map below. HMS Templar 9th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) departed Malta for her 23th war patrol (19th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the South-West Aegean. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Ultimatum during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Submarine HMS Unison: HMS Unison (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Dundee later the same day. She made this passage together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne). They were escorted by HNoMS Nordkapp.

Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made this passage together with HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HNoMS Nordkapp.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 was put back in the water.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USSR L-4: L-4 fires 6 torpedoes at the German merchant Helga (1620 GRT, former Norwegian Hadrian, offsite link) in the Black Sea in position 44°02'N, 31°05'E. The torpedoes missed their target.

1945

Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J. Smith, RNN(R)) arrived at Darwin.

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Cleopatra (Capt. B.I. Robertshaw, CBE, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess, ORP).

Submarine USS Jack: USS Jack (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Fuhrman) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

Submarine USS Muskallunge: USS Muskallunge (Cmdr William Henry Lawrence) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

Submarine USS Sawfish: USS Sawfish (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Pugh) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to San Francisco for a major overhaul at the Bethlehem Steel Company.

Submarine USS Hackleback: USS Hackleback (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Janney) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

Submarine USS Perch (ii): USS Perch (ii) (Lt.Cdr. C.D. McCall) is damaged by depth charges off North Borneo in position 05°32'N, 116°07'E, but is able to remain on patrol.

Submarine USS Capitaine: USS Capitaine (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Friedrick, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour.

Submarine USS Carp: USS Carp (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Hunnicutt, USNR) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine USS Kraken: USS Kraken (Cdr. T.H. Henry) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

Submarine USS Pomfret: USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kuril Islands.

Submarine USS Piper: USS Piper (Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Submarine USS Tirante: USS Tirante (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Street, III) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. H.S. May, RN) arrived at Philadelphia, U.S.A. where she was to refit at the U.S. Navy Yard.

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted engine trials off Colombo.

Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Aden to return to Port Said where a new battery will be installed. It had been decided to sent Sea Nymph back to Port Said due to congestion at the Colombo shipyards.

Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Aden for Port Said. She returned after a few hours with engine problems that needed repairs before she could continue the passage to the U.K.

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (T/Lt. F.A. Wicker, RNVR) attempted to pass through Lombok Strait Northbound dived during daylight hours. Due to the strong current the attempt had to be abandoned.

Submarine HMS Selene: HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) arrived at Fremantle, Australia. At Fremantle she was either docked or put on the slipway before proceeding towards Subic Bay. The dates are however unknown to us.

Submarine HMS Scorcher: HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Sleuth: The British submarines HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) sink the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 3 (215 tons) with gunfire in the Java Sea west of Kalambau Island in position 04°50'S, 115°40'E. (All times are zone -9) 1830 hours - Solent reported two ships. Altered course towards. Shortly afterwards Solent reported the contact as a coaster and a seatruck. 1856 hours - 5 Depth charges were heard to explode near Solent. 1940 hours - Ordered by Solent to surface and trail. Could not do so at one as the enemy was only 2 nautical miles away in bright moonlight. 2030 hours - Surfaced and closed Solent. Took station on her port beam and together set off at full speed to get into a position down moon. 2148 hours - The enemy turned and made for Kalambau Island. Turned to close. 2213 hours - Solent opened fire. 2215 hours - Sleuth now also opened fire. Range was 3600 yards. Both ships fired at the largest ship which turned out to be an escort. The escort returned fire. 2235 hours - Ceased firing. 2238 hours - The escort was on fire aft and stopped. 2242 hours - The escort blew up with a violent explosion. Started to look for the second ship. Fired starshell to aid in the search. 2304 hours - The escort was seen to sink. 2347 hours - Sighted the second vessel thought to be a large lugger and opened fire. The first round hit. The enemy returned fire with a 25mm machine gun but Sleuth was not hit. Four hits were obtained. The next morning the target was seen broken up on the beach. 2353 hours - Altered course away and joined Solent.

Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) sink the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 3 (215 tons) with gunfire in the Java Sea west of Kalambau Island in position 04°50'S, 115°40'E. (All times are zone -9) 1818 hours - Sighted smoke on the horizon bearing 150°. 1829 hours - Sighted masts and funnels. 1857 hours - Incorrectly judged the ships to be a coaster and a seatruck. Passed this information by SS/T to Sleuth. 1900 hours - Passed to Sleuth 'stand by for gun action'. It was the intention to let the vessels get halfway between both submarines and the engage the larger one together. As it was thought no escort was present there were no restrictions on the use of SS/T. 1918 hours - Went deep to allow the ships to pass overhead. Sent to Sleuth 'enemy is passing me now' The larger vessel now turned out to be an escort vessel and must have head the transmission which was on full power. 1922 hours - A total of 7 depth charges was dropped fairly close in about 10 minutes. Solent went deep as the enemy appeared to be in contact. 1954 hours - The enemy escort had left the scene and as it was dark sent to Sleuth 'surface and close'. 1957 hours - Surfaced and commenced trailing the enemy. 2030 hours - Sleuth joined company and took station 400 yards on Solents port beam. Spent the next two hours manouvering in a position down moon from the enemy and then opened fire with the 4" gun. Fall of shit was difficult to observe as Sleuth was also firing. The enemy replied with 3" and Oerlikon gunfire. After about 15 minutes the escort was hit about 10 times by Solent en Sleuth and ceased firing. She turned towards at speed and was seen to be on fire aft. The enemy passed down Solent's port side at a range of 100 yards when she was riddled with Oerlikon fire at point blank range. Solent then set off in chase of the landing barge that was escorted by this ship. The barge made for Kalambau Island and was soon lost in the shadow of this island. Solent then returned to the escort which was still afloat. Fire was then opened again with the Oerlikon at the centre and fore part. 2245 hours - The escort blew up with a tremendous explosion and a shower of debris landed on Solent. A search was then started to find the landing barge off Kalambau Island. 2252 hours - When Solent was about 900 yards from the shore and was searching the area with her Aldis light she was straddled by a fierce burst of machine gun fire. The barge however could not be seen. 2355 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from the North-East. Sleuth engaged this ship with her 4" gun. Very shortly afterwards Solent was straddled with 3" and Oerlikon gunfire. As the capabilities of this newcomer were unknown it was decided to retire from the scene. Ordered Sleuth to disengage and join Solent. Continued on 27 April 1945.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducts exercises with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN).

Submarine HMS Terrapin: During 26/27 April 1945, HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, DSC, RN), conducted excercises off Fremantle. These included night excercises.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. D.C. Peto, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS Argonaut (ii): USS Argonaut (ii) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS Plaice: USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

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