Allied Warships

HMS P 612 (P 612)

Submarine of the P 611 class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassP 611 
PennantP 612 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down24 May 1939 
Launched20 Jul 1940 
Commissioned7 Jan 1942 
End service16 May 1942 
History

She left the Clyde for Turkey on 25 March 1942. She was handed over to the Turkish Navy on 25 May 1942.

 
Former nameMurat Reis

Commands listed for HMS P 612 (P 612)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Walter Selby Hall, RNOct 41 ?Nov 41 ?

2Lt. Arthur John Wright Pitt, RNDec 194125 May 1942

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Notable events involving P 612 include:


The history of HMS P 612 / Murat Reis as compiled on this page is extracted from a passage report of this submarine and various other files.

This page was last updated in September 2017.

16 Oct 1941
The Turkish submarine Murat Reis departed her builders yard at Barrow for trials in the Clyde area. She made the passage together with the British submarine HMS P 38 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Murat Reis was manned by a British crew, mpst likely commanded by Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN who had also taken her sister ship Oruc Reis on trials in August. (1)

17 Oct 1941
Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) arrived in the Clyde area to begin a trial period. (1)

22 Oct 1941
Having completed tials, Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN), departed the Clyde area to return to Barrow. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (1)

23 Oct 1941
Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) arrived back at her builders yard at Barrow. (1)

6 Jan 1942
Murat Reis (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for the Clyde area where she was to undergo a work-up programme. During this passage she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

7 Jan 1942
Murat Reis (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) arrived at Rothesay where she was commissioned as HMS P 612 and began a work-up period. (2)

26 Mar 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed the Clyde area for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with her 'sister' HMS P 611 (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN). Both submarines were en-route to be delivered to the Turkish Navy. They were to proceed to Alexandria first. They made the passage fully commissioned as British warships.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea they were escorted by the Norwegian torpedo boat HNoMS Draug.

[No log or passage report is available for this period so no map can be displayed.] (2)

4 Apr 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (2)

15 Apr 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Gibraltar for Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS P 612 during this passage see the map below.

(3)

1 May 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (3)

20 May 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Alexandria for Iskanderun, Turkey.

[No log or passage report is available for this period so no map can be displayed]. (4)

25 May 1942
HMS P 612 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) arrived at Iskanderun, Turkey where she was decommissioned and handed over to the Turkish Navy. (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/400
  2. ADM 199/424
  3. ADM 199/1812
  4. ADM 199/2565

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


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