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Laid down (46)

1915: Royal Dutch Navy Minesweeper M 1

1918: US Navy Destroyer Osmond Ingram (AVD 9)

1923: Royal Dutch Navy Submarine K XIII

1931: Royal Navy Netlayer Guardian (T 89) - Royal Navy Submarine P 711 (P 711)

1935: Soviet Navy Heavy cruiser Voroshilov

1936: French Navy Destroyer Epee

1937: Soviet Navy Submarine S-32

1940: Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Outarde (J 161) - Royal Navy Corvette Aster (K 188) - Royal Navy Corvette Bergamot (K 189) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Bute (T 168) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Seaham (J 123) - Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine Uredd (P 41) - US Navy Net tender Mimosa (AN 26)

1941: Royal Navy Destroyer Tyrian (R 67) - US Navy Minesweeper Fidelity (AM 96) - US Navy Submarine rescue vessel Greenlet (ASR 10) - US Navy Submarine rescue vessel Macaw (ASR 11)

1942: Royal Navy Frigate Byard (K 315) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2041 (J 841) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2042 (J 842) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2203 (J 1003) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2257 (J 1057) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 315 (LST 315) - US Navy Net tender Lancewood (AN 48) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-221 (LCI(L)-221) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-36 (LCI(L)-36) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 218 (LCT 218) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 374 (LCT 374) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 66 (LCT 66) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 315 (LST 315) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 316 (LST 316) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 317 (LST 317) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 318 (LST 318) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 239 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1270 (SC-1270) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-203 (YMS-203) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-257 (YMS-257)

1943: US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 590 (LCT 590) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 523 (LST 523) - US Navy High speed transport Odum (APD 71) - US Navy Escort carrier Petrof Bay (CVE 80) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 464

1944: US Navy Tank landing ship LST 898 (LST 898) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 903 (LST 903)

Launched (51)

1911: Italian Navy Battleship Giulio Cesare

1918: US Navy Minesweeper Partridge (AM 16)

1928: Royal Navy MS Trawler Sawfly (FY 629)

1935: Royal Navy Light cruiser Penelope (97) - US Navy Destroyer Clark (DD 361)

1936: Royal Navy Destroyer Inglefield (D 02) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler St. Loman (FY 276) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Stella Polaris (4.258)

1940: Royal Navy Corvette Orchis (K 76)

1941: Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 319 (MTB 319) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 61

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-100 (LCI(L)-100) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 336 (LST 336) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-100 (LCI(L)-100) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-24 (LCI(L)-24) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 212 (LCT 212) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 213 (LCT 213) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 279 (LCT 279) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 29 (LCT 29) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 482 (LCT 482) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 70 (LCT 70) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 333 (LST 333) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 334 (LST 334) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 335 (LST 335) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 336 (LST 336) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 390 (LST 390) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1125 (PC-1125) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 150 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1043 (SC-1043) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-751 (SC-751) - US Navy Destroyer Young (DD 580)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1064 (LCT 1064) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 444 (LCT 444) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Lennox (ii) (J 276) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Longa (T 366) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 398 (MTB 398) - Royal Navy Frigate Pitcairn (K 589) - Royal Navy Submarine Vigorous (P 74) - US Navy Submarine tender Anthedon (AS 24) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-484 (LCI(L)-484) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 542 (LCT 542) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 386 - US Navy Destroyer Escort Underhill (DE 682)

1944: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1300 (LCT 1300) - US Navy Destroyer Escort George M. Campbell (DE 773) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 249 (LSM 249) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 250 (LSM 250) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 283 (LSM 283) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 953 (LST 953) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 953 (LST 953) - US Navy Heavy cruiser Macon (CA 132)

Commissioned (44)

1917: US Navy Destroyer Manley (APD 1)

1919: Royal Navy Destroyer Sturdy (i) (H 28) - US Navy Patrol craft PE-57 (PE-57)

1921: Polish Navy Torpedo boat Mazur

1923: US Navy Submarine S-26 (131)

1927: French Navy Destroyer Tramontane

1939: Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser California (F 55) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay (F 40) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Laurentic (F 51) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Montclare (F 85) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Mooltan (F 75) - Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Scotstoun - Royal Dutch Navy Minelayer Rigel

1940: Royal Navy Ocean boarding vessel Cavina

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Sudbury (K 162) - US Navy Minesweeper Brambling (AMc-39)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 089 (ML 089) - Royal Navy Escort Carrier Activity (D 94) - US Navy Light cruiser Denver (CL 58) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-210 (LCI(L)-210) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 159 (LCT 159) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 471 (LCT 471) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-557 (PC-557) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-577 (PC-577) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 144 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1039 (SC-1039) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-706 (SC-706) - US Navy Minesweeper Speed (AM 116) - US Navy Destroyer Stanly (DD 478)

1943: Royal Navy Frigate Anguilla (K 500) - Royal Navy Frigate Helmsdale (K 253) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1011 (LCT 1011) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1012 (FY 1012) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 721 (MTB 721) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Pickle (J 293) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Coolbaugh (DE 217) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-480 (LCI(L)-480) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 45 (LST 45) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 295 - US Navy Submarine Tang (306)

1944: Free French Navy Frigate Tonkinois (K 260) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 87 (LSM 87) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 947 (LST 947)

1945: US Navy Patrol craft PGM-15 (PGM-15)

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 15 October (6)


1940: Royal Navy Submarine Triad (N 53)

1942: US Navy Destroyer Meredith (i) (DD 434)

1943: Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 636 (MGB 636)

1944: Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 870 (ML 870) - Royal Hellenic Navy Minesweeper Kassos - Royal Hellenic Navy Minesweeper Kos

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 15 October


1939

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Effingham: In the morning, HMS Effingham (Capt. J.M. Howson, RN), made rendez-vous with large convoy (45 ships) KJ 3 coming from the Carribean. She took over the escort duties from HMS Berwick (Capt. I.M. Palmer, DSC, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN).

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Manchester: HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Bombay later the same day still escorting the British troopship (former liner) Empress of Australia (21560 GRT, built 1920).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unity: HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) departed Blyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Denmark. For the daily positions of HMS Unity during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Cumberbatch, RN) arrived at Portland. She was now assigned to A/S training.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Cdr. G.W.G. Simpson, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed for Portsmouth later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Grampus: HMS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN) departed Singapore for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Sabang. For the daily positions of HMS Grampus during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. After fuelling she departed for Portsmouth later on the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seal: HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed for Portsmouth later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shark (i): HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Salmon: HMS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.O. Bickford, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Sphinx (Cdr. J.R.N. Taylor, RN)

Royal Indian Navy Sloop HMIS Hindustan: HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) arrived at Bombay for a short refit. During this refit an ASDIC set was fitted.

Royal Indian Navy Auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Bhadravati: HMIS Bhadravati (Lt. H.M. Clark, RIN) was involved in a collision with the British merchant Warina (3120 GRT, built 1918) off Karachi. Bhadravati was holed above the water and her stern was twisted.

1940

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Manchester: HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) departed Rosyth for Immingham.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was ordered to proceed to Malta instead of Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) shifted from Arrochar to Greenock.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off / at Scapa Flow with HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) proceeded from Tobemory to Oban. Both returned to Tobermory later the same day.

Royal Navy ASW Trawler HMS Avanturine: HMS Sphene (Ch.Skr. W.J.J. Tucker, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Bonheur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 38 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis in position 57°10'N, 08°36'W.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 27: HMS L 27 attacked a German convoy in the English Channel off Cape Barfleur, France. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

1941

Royal Dutch Navy Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers: HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. J. Houtsmuller, RNN) departed Freetown to form part of the escort of convoy SL 90. [See the event for 15 October 1941, called Convoy SL 90, for more information on this convoy.]

Royal Dutch Navy Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers: Convoy SL 90 This convoy departed Freetown on 15 October 1941 for Liverpool where it arrived on 6 November 1941. The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Abosso (11330 GRT, built 1935), Alphacca (Dutch, 5759 GRT, built 1928), City of Rangoon (6635 GRT, built 1914), Dahomian (5277 GRT, built 1929), Dalhanna (5571 GRT, built 1930), Director (5107 GRT, built 1926), Empire Success (5988 GRT, built 1921), Kalewa (4389 GRT, built 1940), Katha (4357 GRT, built 1938), Kattegat (Norwegian, 4245 GRT, built 1936), King Edwin (4536 GRT, built 1927), Kiruna (Swedish, 5484 GRT, built 1921), Kohistan (5884 GRT, built 1930), Langleetarn (4908 GRT, built 1929), Lieutenant St. Loubert Bie (6126 GRT, built 1911), Mafuta (Belgian, tanker, 6322 GRT, built 1920), Martaban (4161 GRT, built 1934), Moanda (Belgian, 4621 GRT, built 1937), Stad Haarlem (Dutch, 4518 GRT, built 1929), Temple Yard (5205 GRT, built 1937) and Warfield (6070 GRT, built 1917). Escort was initially provided by the destroyers HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN) (15-18 October), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN) (15-20 October), HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) (15-22 October), HMS HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. J. Houtsmuller, RNN) (15-22 October), corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, DSC, RNR) (15-20 October), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR) (15-18 October), HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR) (15-18 October), HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RNR) (15-18 October), HMS Cyclamen (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RNR) (15-18 October). HMS Gurkha and HrMs Isaac Sweers both parted company with the convoy on 17 October to fuel at Barhurst. They rejoined the convoy on the 18th but left on the 22nd and then proceeded to Gibraltar where they arrived later the same day. On 18 October three sloops joined, these were; HMS Folkestone (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) (18 October – 6 November), HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) (18 – 29 October) and HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN) (18 October – 6 November). No ships were lost from this convoy.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HNoMS Acanthus, FFS Commandant Detroyant, HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt. A.J.G. Barff, RNR), HMS La Flore, HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. For the daily positions of HMS Severn during this passage see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) attacks a convoy with three torpedoes. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -3) 0850 hours - In position 37°40'N, 23°51'E sighted a convoy. Started attack. 0953 hours - Fired three torpedoes at a tanker of 6000 tons from 650 yards. All torpedoes missed. 0958 to 1031 hours - Ten depth charges were dropped, some were close. Some damage was caused, the most serious was to the ASDIC dome. Two destroyers remained in the area for the rest of the day. The ships in the convoy (Pireaus to Saloniki) were the German merchants Burgas (697 GRT, built 1912) and Arthemis ( GRT, built) the German tanker Petrakis Nomikos (7020 GRT, built 1914) and the Italian tanker Torcello (3336 GRT, built 1892). They were escorted by the Italian destroyer Quintino Sella and Italian torpedo boats Sirio and Alcione.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) shifted from Sheerness to Chatham.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, DSO, RN) carries out a brief bombardment of Apollonia before withdrawing due to shore batteries fire.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 36: During passage south through the Irish Sea HMS P 36 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) developed engine defects. She was ordered to return to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She is escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ships of the 4th Escort Group.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Campbeltown.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-320: While still on patrol of Danzig Bay, at 1115 hours ShCh-320 attacks ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 2000 GRT with one torpedo. The torpedo missed its target.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-323: At 0641 hours ShCh-323 fires a torpedo against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 5000 GRT east of Fang?, Sweden in position 58°13'N, 17°32'E. The torpedo was a surface runner and missed its target. At 0900 hours ShCh-323 fires a torpedo against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 3000 GRT east of Asp?ja, Sweden in position 58°22'N, 17°32'E. The torpedo ran under the target.

Free French Navy Corvette FFL Mimosa: Mimosa picks up 26 survivors from the British merchant Silvercedar that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-553 in the North Atlantic in position 53°36'N, 29°57'W. Mimosa also picks up 26 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ila that was also torpedoed and sunk by U-553 in the North Atlantic in position 53°34'N, 30°10'W.

1942

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: Due to the bad weather encountered while en-route to Simonstown, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN), puts into Port Elizabeth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Traveller: HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) attacks an Italian convoy to the West of Crete in position 35°09'N, 22°56'E. 4 torpedoes were fired against the Italian merchant Anna Maria (1205 GRT, 1912). No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -3) 2045 hours - In position 35°09'N, 22°56'E encountered a merchant ship, in ballast, escorted by two destroyers. The merchant vessel appeared to be of about 5000 tons. Started attack. The range could not be closed any further so 4 torpedoes were fired from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained and no counter attack followed. [The Anna Maria was escorted by the torpedo boats Libra and Climene, the latter observed the four torpedo tracks. They were on passage from Tobruk to Piraeus.]

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Malta. Whilst on passage air reconnaissance sighted a southbound convoy (the Saturno convoy) in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea bound for North Africa. P 37 was ordered to take up a patrol position to the north of Lampion Island with HMS Utmost, HMS P 211, HMS P 42 and HMS P 44. For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrishaig where exercises were carried out with ML's.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises near Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Viscount: German U-boat U-661 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 53°42'N, 35°56'W, after being rammed by the British destroyer HMS Viscount.

US Navy Submarine USS S-33: USS S-33 (Lt. W.P. Schoeni) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 3rd offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kiska.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR S-13: While returning to base S-13 is attacked off Vaidlo by the Finish submarine chasers VMV-13 and VMV-15. The submarine is able to escape and returned to base safely.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 26: HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Horsham (T/Lt. W.H. Newby, RANR(S)).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) conducts A/S exercises near Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Texada (T/Lt. H.G. Reigate, RNVR), HMS Northern Sun (T/Lt. H. Meredith, RNVR), HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN).

US Navy Submarine USS Sargo: USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa and in the Philippine Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker, USN) was docked at Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Tullibee: USS Tullibee (Cdr. C.F. Brindupke) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Chicago Maru (5866 GRT) off the west coast of Formosa in position 24°35'N, 120°30'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Merrill, USN) was put on the slipway at New London.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.B.de B. Kershaw, DSO, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Beirut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for repairs.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at Haifa. She was immediately docked for bottom scraping and painting.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted post repair trials off Algiers.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth where a new battery was to be fitted.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) was docked at the Sheerness Dockyard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed from Holy Loch to proceed to Scapa Flow. Here she will be used for A/S exercises. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) sank the Greek (German controlled) caique Poseidon / Pir 130 with gunfire east of Leros, Greece. Following this sinking Torbay had an encounter with the German Q-ship GA 45. Torbay's periscope was sighted first by GA 45 which dropped 5 depth-charges very close. Later Torbay surfaced intending to dispose of GA 45 with her gun but the German vessel was very alert and opened an accurate fire as soon as the submarine surfaced and forced her to break off the action. She did not drop any further depth-charges which led Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck of Torbay to conclude that she was out of depth-charges. The submarine was not damaged during this encounter. (All times are zone -3) 1345 hours - A caique, flying the Nazi flag, of about 50 tons appeared round Asipa Point from the Southward apparently bound for Palaio. 1400 hours - Surfaced and engaged the target at a range of 2500 yards. After 30 rounds she was on fire from fore to aft and aground. Torbay was now taken under fire so Lt. Clutterbuck dived and withdrew. A short while later three landing craft were seen approaching from the direction of Kos. A schooner joined them from the South of Kalymnos. Torbay's periscope was sighted by a crewmember of the schooner which quickly turned towards. She dropped 5 depth charges that were very close. This force was later seen to return to Kos. Lt. Clutterbuck decided to engage the schooner with the deck gun but as soon as Torbay surfaced she was taken under a very accurate fire from the schooner by a concealed gun of about 12 pounder size. Now also a shore battery joined in so Torbay dived again and retired to the North-East.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) was undocked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultor: Starting at 1302 hours, near Rapallo Bay, HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) observed in the distance two UJ-boats carrying an intense A/S search and drop a total of about thirty-five depth charges. These were UJ 2208 and UJ 2211 which had obtained a bogus contact. Ultor was not molested.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked the German U-boat U-616 with four torpedoes off Toulon, southern France. U-616 sighted three torpedoes and managed to evade them. (All times are zone -1) 0655 hours - Heard HE bearing 320°. Untiring was at that moment at 60 feet. 0658 hours - At periscope depth. 0700 hours - Sighted a u-boat approaching. Started attack. 0703 hours - In position 42°57'N, 05°57'5"E fired four torpedoes from 5800 yards. Went to 90 feet on firing. 0709 hours - Heard one torpedo explosion. HE of the submarine stopped. 0712 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The submarine was not seen. A trawler could be seen hull down bearing 030°. Went to 180 feet and retired from the area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Algiers.

Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ships from the 1st Escort Group.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. H. Crighton, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay.

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

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

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

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

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

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

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for Beirut.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS L 23: HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Digby.

1944

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers. Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Caliente (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Stiff, USNR) and the USS Schuylkill (Capt. F.A. Hardesty, USN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Fremantle for Melboure. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this passage see the map below.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/Lt. H. Trefusis, RNVR) and HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) sank the Japanese oceanographic research vessel Kaiyo Maru No.2 (143 GRT) with gunfire off Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies in position 06°30'S, 111°40'E. (All times are zone -8) 1830 hours - HE was heard bearing 075° and at the same time two masts were sighted. Started attack. The target was thought to be a medium seized freighter. 1855 hours - Fired three torpedoes but these all missed. It was decided to surface for gun action. 1901 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 2000 yards. The 4th shot was a hit. The target started to fire back with two guns. After 15 rounds the target was seen to be burning. In all 51 rounds were fired and the target was left burning in position 06°30'S, 111°40'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Cdr. J.K. Fyfe, USN) enters Darwin, Australia to make repairs to one of her periscopes.

US Navy Submarine USS Becuna: In the evening USS Becuna (Cdr. H.D. Sturr, USN) made the southbound transfer of Lombok Strait on the surface.

US Navy Submarine USS Besugo: USS Besugo (Cdr. T.L. Wogan, USN) sighted a Japanese task force. This task force was made up of the heavy cruisers Ashigara and Nachi, light cruiser Abukuma and destroyers Akebono, Kasumi, Ushio, Shiranui, Wakaba, Hatsushimo and Hatsuharu. (All times are zone I, -9) 0746 hours - Sighted masts bearing 032°(T). 0755 hours - Identified the contact as a men of war. Went to battle stations and commenced approach. 0758 hours - Identified the target as a light cruiser. Position was 32°30'N, 132°36'E. 0820 hours - By now the contact had developed into a task force made up of three heavy cruisers and one light cruiser. The range to the closest ship was 7500 yards. 0830 hours - The task force went out of sight on a base course of 140°(T), speed 18 knots. Following this contact a report was sent to CumSubPac.

US Navy Submarine USS Blenny: USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Blower: USS Blower (Cdr. J.H. Campbell, USN) is put back in the water.

US Navy Submarine USS Kete: With her trials and initial training completed USS Kete (Cmdr Royal Lawrence Rutter) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sceptre: HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off South-West Norway. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sceptre during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) made the passage of Lombok Strait Southward. She made the passage submerged by day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) departed Trincomalee for 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Car Nicobar and the approaches to Port Blair. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Shalimar during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Shalimar 2nd war patrol in a larger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) sank two schooners with demolition charges off the Gulf of Boni, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies. (All times are zone -8) 1832 hours - Surfaced in position 04°38'S, 120°32'E. 1845 hours - Closed two schooners and boarded them. They both carried nickel ore. Demolition charges were placed and they sank in position 04°40'S, 121°19'E.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) attacked a convoy of 5 coasters with 5 torpedoes aboout 5 nautical miles to the East of Nancrowy. The results were unclear. (All times are zone -6.5) 0915 hours - Sighted numerous masts and funnels approaching Nancrowy. Closed to investigate. Owning to the swell it was very difficult to identify the targets at first. They were later seen to be 5 coasters of about 300 to 400 tons in line ahead escorted by 3 submarine chasers. Started attack. 1023 hours - Fired 5 torpedoes at the 5 coasters that were so close together that they formed almost a single target. Three torpedo explosions were heard but the results could not be observed as Subtle had been taken deep on firing.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Scout: HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN), HMS Trident (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) and HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Gibraltar. They make the passage in convoy OS-92 / KMS-66. For the daily positions of HMS Sea Scout during this passage see the map below. View HMS Sea Scout passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee in a larger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN), HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Rothesay for Gibraltar. They make the passage in convoy OS-92 / KMS-66.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) shifted from Blyth to Leith. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). Also practice attacks were made on HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) shifted from Heysham to Douglas, Isle of Man.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Urtica: HMS Urtica (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, DSC, RN) conducted special torpedo trials off Arrochar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Varne: HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vulpine: HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) conducted special A/S trials off Holyhead with HMS PC 74 (A/Lt.Cdr. A. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Starwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. M.F. Villiers-Stuart, RNVR).

Royal Navy Minesweeper HMS Larne (ii): On 15 October 1944, HMS LARNE, Commander Humphrey Leoline Jenkins, was involved in sweeps off Cape Kalouri when she hit a mine which caused a tremendous explosion next to her boiler room and No 1 fuel tank and two of her engine room crew were killed. The leading sweeper, HMS CLINTON, also caught a mine under her bow and stopped, down by the head, with vented steam feathering from her funnel steam pipes. LARNE was towed into Poros Bay and was eventually patched up, as was CLINTON. Comdr. Jenkins transferred to HMS SYLVIA and the next day to HMS WELFARE which he commanded until 19th March 1946.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR L-3: At 0050 hours L-3 fires three torpedoes at what is identified as a merchant of approx. 3000 GRT 10 nautical miles south-west of Smygehuk, Sweden. The torpedoes miss their (so far unidentified) target.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-318: At 2257 hours, ShCh-318 fires two torpedoes against a German barge about 12 nautical miles north-west of Pappensee. Both torpedoes missed.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR S-104: S-104 attacked a German convoy of the Tanafjord. Four torpedoes are fired but none found a target.

French Navy Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone grounded inside Fort Pond Bay, Block Island sound.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vengeful: Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) departed Barrow for Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) conducted a torpedo firing exercise on HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN).

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR Lembit: At 0100 hours Lembit fires a torpedo against ' what is identified as ' a auxiliary minesweeper. This torpedo missed its target. Just 5 minutes later, at 0105 hours, Lembit fired another torpedo. The torpedo hit and sank the German auxiliary minesweeper M 3619 / Crabeels (150 GRT) off Rixh?ft.

1945

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) arrived at Seattle, Washinton.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) arrived at Suez.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Scorcher: HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Aden for Port Said.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. She paid off into reserve on 6 November 1945.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Port Said.

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