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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 (48)

1917: US Navy Destroyer Hulbert (AVD 6)

1918: US Navy Destroyer Noa (i) (DD 343) - US Navy Destroyer William B. Preston (AVD 7)

1934: Soviet Navy Submarine ShCh-212

1937: Royal Navy Boom defence vessel Barlow (Z 60) - Royal Navy Submarine Taku (N 38)

1939: French Navy Corvette La Bastiaise - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Blencathra (L 24) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Brocklesby (L 42)

1940: Royal Navy MS Trawler Islay (T 172)

1941: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 300 (LCT 300) - US Navy Minesweeper Sway (AM 120) - US Navy Minesweeper Symbol (AM 123)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-270 (LCI(L)-270) - Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Outremont (K 322) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2194 (J 994) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-270 (LCI(L)-270) - Royal Navy Frigate Odzani (K 356) - Royal Navy Submarine Varne (P 81) - Royal Navy Submarine Vulpine (P 79) - Royal Navy Frigate Windrush (K 370) - Royal Navy Frigate Wye (K 371) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-270 (LCI(L)-270) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 253 - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-194 (YMS-194)

1943: Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Capilano (K 409) - Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Strathroy (K 455) - Royal Navy Destroyer Concord (R 63) - Royal Navy Repair Ship Dullisk Cove (F 185) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Orcadia (J 462) - US Navy Submarine Cabezon (334) - US Navy Submarine Dentuda (335) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Gilligan (DE 508) - US Navy Destroyer Escort La Prade (DE 409) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-522 (LCI(L)-522) - US Navy Destroyer Escort McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 522 - US Navy Submarine Sea Devil (400) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Sheehan (DE 541) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Straus (DE 408)

1944: US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 289 (LSM 289) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 359 (LSM 359) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 360 (LSM 360) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 361 (LSM 361) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 362 (LSM 362) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1082 (LST 1082) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 871 (LST 871) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 872 (LST 872)

Launched (52)

1902: Royal Navy MS Trawler Newland

1929: French Navy Submarine Surcouf - Royal Navy MS Trawler Asama - Royal Navy MS Trawler Nodzu (FY 659)

1933: French Navy Light cruiser La Galissonniere - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Kingston Alalite (FY 136)

1937: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Kingston Agate (FY 212) - Royal Navy ASW Trawler Notts County (FY 250)

1940: Royal Navy MS Trawler Canna (T 161)

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer Athabaskan (i) (G 07) - Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Kitchener (K 225) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Belvoir (L 32) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 159 (LCT 159) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 168 (LCT 168) - Royal Navy Submarine Safari (P 211) - US Navy Minesweeper Fearless (AMc-80)

1942: Royal Indian Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 300 (MTB 300) - Royal New Zealand Navy MS Trawler Hautapu (T 340) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-108 (LCI(L)-108) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 501 (LCT 501) - Royal Navy Corvette Linaria (K 282) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 11 (LST 11) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 298 (MTB 298) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 300 (MTB 300) - Italian Navy Corvette Pomona - US Navy Corvette Clash (PG-91) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-108 (LCI(L)-108) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 174 (LCT 174) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 356 (LCT 356) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 357 (LCT 357) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 377 (LCT 377) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 11 (LST 11) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 466 (LST 466) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1228 (PC-1228)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1024 (LCT 1024) - Royal Navy Dock landing ship Northway (F 142) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-504 (LCI(L)-504) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 496

1944: Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1067 (FY 1067) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Shillay (T 426) - Royal Navy Frigate St. Austell Bay (K 634) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-122 (LCS(L)-122) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1421 (LCT 1421) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 119 (LSM 119) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 120 (LSM 120) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 121 (LSM 121) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 122 (LSM 122) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 419 (LSM 419) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 864 (LST 864) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 896 (LST 896) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 963 (LST 963) - US Navy Aircraft carrier Valley Forge (CV 45)

Commissioned (57)

1928: United States Coast Guard Cutter Tahoe

1937: Royal Navy Light cruiser Birmingham (19)

1938: Soviet Navy Destroyer Stremitelny

1940: Royal Navy Corvette Tulip (K 29) - Soviet Navy Submarine S-33

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 050 (ML 050) - Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Oakville (K 178) - Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 337 (ML 337) - Soviet Navy Submarine ShCh-137

1942: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Horsham (J 235) - Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 103 (ML 103) - Royal New Zealand Navy Motor Launch ML 400 (ML 400) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 243 (MTB 243) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Neave (T 247) - Polish Navy Destroyer Orkan (G 90) - US Navy Destroyer Hobby (DD 610) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-218 (LCI(L)-218) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 167 (LCT 167) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 174 (LCT 174) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 347 (LCT 347) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 348 (LCT 348) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 349 (LCT 349) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 350 (LCT 350) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 356 (LCT 356) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 357 (LCT 357) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 377 (LCT 377) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 156

1943: Royal Australian Navy Frigate Gascoyne (K 354) - Royal Australian Navy Motor Launch ML 824 (ML 824) - Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Wallaceburg (J 336) - Royal Navy Corvette Berkeley Castle (K 387) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 364 (MTB 364) - US Navy Destroyer Laws (DD 558) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-501 (LCI(L)-501) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 283 (LST 283) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1139 (PC-1139) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-317 (YMS-317) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-382 (YMS-382)

1944: Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Fergus (K 686) - Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Inch Arran (K 667) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-491 (LCI(L)-491) - Royal Navy Tank landing ship LST 5 (LST 5) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 107 (LSM 107) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 282 (LSM 282) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 332 (LSM 332) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 415 (LSM 415) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 889 (LST 889) - US Navy Destroyer Metcalf (DD 595) - US Navy Frigate New Bedford (PF-71) - US Navy Minesweeper Rampart (AM 282) - US Navy Fleet tug Tenino (ATF 115) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-419 (YMS-419) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-439 (YMS-439)

1945: Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper Elm Lake (J 486) - Royal Indian Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1261 (ML 1261) - US Navy Aircraft carrier Princeton (CV 37)

1947: Royal Navy Submarine Anchorite (P 422)

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 18 November (2)


1942: Royal Norwegian Navy Corvette Montbretia (K 208)

1944: US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 311

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 18 November


1939

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Manchester: HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Malta.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: After a short trip to the Anambas Islands, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), arrived at Tandjung Pinang, Bintan Island (Pulau Bintan).

Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS California: The German merchant Borkum (3670 GRT) is captured in the North Atlantic by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN). While en route under her prize crew to Kirkwall in the Orkney's she was torpedoed at 1530 hours on 23 November. She was hit by a torpedo from German U-boat U-33 and was abandoned two days later. The Borkum drifted ashore in Papa Sound and was declared a total loss. On 18 August 1940 she was refloated and towed to Rosyth, where she was broken up.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thistle: HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. After the sinking of the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Rawalpindi she was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak near Skagen. For the daily positions of HMS Thistle during this patrol see the map below. HMS Thistle 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, RN) arrived at Hong Kong.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seahorse: During the morning HMS Seahorse (Lt. D.S. Massy-Dawson, RN) operating off Terschelling, sighted two Roeder-class destroyers but could not get in an attacking position. These were almost certainly Z 21 / Wilhelm Heidkamp and Z 19 / Hermann Künne.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was again docked at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) shifted from Sheerness to the Chatham Dockyard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triad: HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway. For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below. HMS Triad 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Peers, RN) conducted torpedo firing discharge trials off Portland.

1940

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) left patrol and set course towards Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) conducted exercises on Inchmarnock Water.

1941

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) departed Surabaya for Tarakan together with HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) (this is the 3rd Dutch submarine division). They arrived in the Tarakan area on 22 November 1941.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Surabaya for Tarakan together with HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) (this is the 3rd Dutch submarine division). They arrived in the Tarakan area on 22 November 1941. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this passage see the map below. HrMs K XV passage Surabaya - Tarakan, Patrol off Tarakan, Passage to Balikpapan click here for bigger map

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XVI: HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) departed Surabaya for Tarakan together with HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) (this is the 3rd Dutch submarine division). They arrived in the Tarakan area on 22 November 1941.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: At 0740 hours HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. She returned with defective hydroplanes.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) arrived at Alexandria ending her 1st storage trip.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: Between 2303 and 2326 hours (zone -1), HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) laid 29 mines in 5 groups of 5 and one group of 4 within a circle of one mile radius from position 46°05'5"N, 01°57'5"W. Flooders were set for 23 December 1941.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) sank the Norwegian tanker Vesco (331 GRT, built 1926, offsite link) off the Laksefjord, Norway in position 71°00'N, 27°01'E. (All times are zone -3) 1051 hours - When in position 053°, Svaerholt Klubben, 5 nautical miles sighted a merchant vessel of about 1000 tons. Started attack. 1127 hours - Sighted another merchant vessel that appeared to be bigger so shifted target. This new target was however soon seen to be much smaller then first thought but as it was seen to be a small diesel tanker which was deeply laden it was decided to go ahead with the attack due to her valuable cargo. 1142 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 600 - 800 yards. All torpedoes missed. 1147 hours - Surfaced in position 71°00'N, 27°01'E for gun action. Range was 1500 yards. The first round was already a hit. Fifteen rounds were fired for several hits in the engine room. The crew then abandoned ship so fire was ceased while their boat got clear. The boat was ordered alongside and the Master and the Second Engineer, who was wounded, were taken on board. Gunfire was re-opened. Twenty-two rounds were fired from close range and the ship was soon on fire. 1208 hours - Dived and cleared the area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Ionian Sea. For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 31 during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) and ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) both arrived at St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Royal Navy Battleship HMS Prince of Wales: HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN), and her escorting destroyers, HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN), departed Capetown for Colombo, Ceylon.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-215: ShCh-215 torpedoed and sank the small Turkish merchant Yenice (300 GRT) east-north-east of Tsarevo, Bulgaria in position 42°12'N, 27°58'E.

1942

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) arrived at Dundee.

US Navy Submarine USS Sculpin: USS Sculpin (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Chappell) departed from Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Truk in the Caroline Islands.

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Smith, USN) is ordered to patrol off Cape Ward Hunt, New Guinea. A group of five Japanese destroyers is seen returning to Rabaul from Buna but could not be attacked.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: At 0555 hours in 33°12’N, 14°13.5’E HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) sighted an object which turned out to be a U-boat steering about 250° to 300°. Range was closed to about 3 miles. This was Pietro Micca on a transport mission to Tripoli. The Italian submarine had also observed Porpoise and prudently took avoiding action.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Safari: HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) sank a small light vessel and damaged a landing barge with gunfire near Ras Ali. The small vessel has not been identified, the landing barge was F 346 which replied with her 2 cm gun (apparently her 7.5 cm was not operable). She suffered some damage and ran aground. (All times are zone -1 ? or -2 ?) 0615 hours - Sighted an unidentified vessel to the South-West. Closed to investigate. The vessel turned out to be an unmanned small light vessel in position 025°, Ras Ali, 10 nautical miles. 0647 hours - Surfaced and sank the vessel with 4 rounds of the 3" gun. ------------------------------------------ 0844 hours - Sighted a landing barge Southbound in position 020°, Ras Ali, 4.5 nautical miles. Closed for gun action. A lot of machine guns were seen so decided to keep the range above 2000 yards. 0910 hours - Surfaced and engaged the target from 2300 yards. Unfortunately the sight setter made an error installing a piece of equipment and this caused shooting to be very bad. Eventually a couple of hits were scored but as water became very shallow the action had to be broken off. 0919 hours - Dived and proceeded to seaward.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: At 2240 hours (zone -1) in position 43°33'N, 09°04'E, HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) sights a small U-boat steering 050° at 11 knots. This must be either U-73, U-205 or U-380, all of which will reach La Spezia the following day. Tribune could not turn fast enough to get into a good attacking position. The attack had to be abandoned.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Columbia Maru (5617 GRT, built 1927) near Penang, Malaya in position 06°18'N, 99°11'E. (all times are zone -6.5) 0128 hours - In position 06°04'N, 99°32'E sighted, against a low moon, two Northbound ships bearing 240°. Range was 6 to 7 nautical miles. Altered course to close. 0336 hours - Now in position 06°18'N, 99°11'E range was now 1 nautical mile. Started attack. 0341 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the leading ship from about 1000 yards. It appeared that the first two torpedoes passed ahead and the third passed astern. As it appeared the attack was not observed Trusty turned away to set up a second attack. It was now seen that the second ship was by far the larger of the two and that it was heavily laden. The first ship was high in the water and was most likely in ballast. 0420 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the leading ship. The second of these appeared to run directly underneath the funnel. 0424 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 670 yards at the second ship and obtained one hit just forward of the bridge.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) attacked but missed a merchant vessel that was part of a convoy to the north of Cape San Vito. Only one torpedo was fired as this was P 37's last. The target was the transport Viminale (8657 GRT, built 1925) in company with Puccini (2422 GRT, built 1928) escorted by the destroyers Legionario and Bombardiere and the torpedo boat Groppo. (All times are zone -2) 1235 hours - While patrolling at 80 feet due to the rough sea HE was reported bearing 060°. Came to periscope depth. In approximate position 38°23'N, 12°42'E sighted a 7000 ton merchant vessel bearing 075° at a range of only 200 yards. Went to 60 feet to avoid collision. Returned to periscope depth after the HE had passed. 1246 hours - Fired the last remaining torpedo from 1500 yards. It missed. A convoy of three merchant vessels escorted by two destroyers was sighted. Afterwards two attempts to sent a contact report were spoiled by approaching aircraft and it was almost three hours later before the signal could be passed. 1800 hours - Out of torpedoes, set course to return to Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS United: HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (also 9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Misurata and Burat. No log is available for this patrol so no map can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 48: HMS P 48 (Lt. M.E. Faber, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS P 55 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) conducted exercises off Blyth.

US Navy Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

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

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.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Vervain: HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) picks up 52 men from the American merchant Yaka that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-624 south-south-east of Cape Farewell. The abandoned Yaka was finally torpedoed and sunk later that day by German U-boat U-522 in position 54°07'N, 38°26'W.

Royal Norwegian Navy Corvette HNoMS Potentilla: HNoMS Potentilla picked up 20 survivors from HNoMS Montbretia that was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic in position 53°37'N, 38°15'W by German U-boat U-262. Some of the survivors were badly injured and two later died.

Royal Norwegian Navy Corvette HNoMS Rose: HNoMS Rose (Lt.Cdr. T. Jacobsen) picks up survivors from the American merchant Parismina that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-624 in the north Atlantic south-southeast of Cape Farewell in position 54°07'N, 38°26'W.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) was docked at Colombo.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Milne (Capt. I.M.R. Campbell, DSO, RN) and HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill).

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 Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Mallow.

US Navy Submarine USS Tautog: USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived at Midway Island.

US Navy Submarine USS Gato: USS Gato (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Foley) departed from Brisbane for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of the Bismarck Archipelago.

US Navy Submarine USS Bluefish: While on her 2nd war patrol USS Bluefish (Lt.Cdr. G.E. Porter) torpedoed and sank the Japanese torpedo boat Sanae (900 tons, offsite link) and damaged the Japanese fleet oiler Ondo (14050 GRT) in the Celebes Sea about 90 nautical miles south of Basilan Island, 05°00'N, 122°00'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Cdr. H.G. Munson, USN) claims to have sunk a Japanese escort carrier in the South China Sea east of Luzon, Philippines in position 15°08'N, 119°38'E. (All times are zone H, -8) 1840 hours - In position 14°55'N, 119°47'E obtained SJ radar contact to the south-west on a large target at a range of 11500 yards. Stopped. Commenced tracking from ahead. A small target was near the large target, this was thought to be an escort. The plot showed the target to be zig-zagging wildly using a very radical plan with long legs with a short plan superimposed on the long legs, a method which, because of the difficulty of solution is suggested for consideration to our own surface forces. Targets base course was 330(T), speed 19 knots. It was very difficult to get into a fouvourable attack position but in the end the target changed course towards. 2015 hours - In position 15°08'N, 119°38'E fired six bow torpedoes from 1500 yards at the target which was thought to be an aircraft or escort carrier. A large explosion was seen near the bow of the enemy. Debris and water shot 500 feet into the air. The escorting destroyer, thought to be of the Mutsuki-class, now came towards. 2016 hours - Dived. Went to 350 feet. The destroyer started dropping depth charges. 2329 hours - After sound contact with the destroyer had been lost planed up to periscope depth. Made a periscope and radar search all around while at 45 feet. No contacts. 2335 hours - Surfaced.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) shifted from Fishguard to Milford Haven.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel MY 662 / Kanelos (20 GRT) with gunfire off Strati, Greece. Later the same day she sank the sailing vessel HYD 140 / Agios Dimitrios (20 GRT) with gunfire South-East of the Kassandra peninsula, Greece. (All times are zone -2) 0650 hours - In position 39°27'N, 25°11'E sighted a small caique steering North-West. 0700 hours - The caique was ordered alongside. She was carrying a cargo of olive oil and soap to Saloniki from Mitylene. The crew was taken off and the caique was then sunk by gunfire. -------------------------------------- 1245 hours - Surfaced in position 39°42'N, 24°07'E and stopped a small caique. She was bound from Stavros to Piraeus with a cargo of rice. She was sunk with gunfire after taking on board the crew.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) shifted from Ardrossan to Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) attacked a German destroyer or torpedo boat with six torpedoes North-East of Naxos, Greece. All torpedoes missed their target. This was most probably the German torpedo boat TA 17 who had left Leros a few hours before carrying wounded and POWs to Piraeus, she was travelling at 17 knots. (All times are zone -2) 0106 hours - Sighted an aircraft dropping a flare over Donoussa Island. Shorty after followed by another flare. Soon afterwards picked up HE of a turbine bearing 145°. The object was picked up immediately he came clear of Donoussa Island. In the moonlight uit was soon identified as a destroyer. 0109 hours - Went to diving stations and started attack. 0120 hours - In position 37°14'N, 25°40'E fired six torpedoes from 3000 yards. Enemy course was 285°, speed 20 knots. Sportsman dived on firing the last torpedo. No hits were obtained. 0126 hours - Two depth charges were dropped. 0127 hours - Two more depth charges were dropped. These two were followed soon after by a single depth charge. None were close. The enemy had reduced speed and appeared to circle for about ten minutes before proceeding. 0136 hours - No more HE could be heard. Soon afterwards Sportsman received a signal from Capt. (S)1 ordering her to patrol off Suda Bay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR) and HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) departed from Colombo for her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits. A special operation is also to be carried out on the West coast of Siam to the North of Phuket. For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this patrol see the map below. HMS Templar 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN), HMS Antelope (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) and HMS Wishart (Lt. J.A. Holdsworth, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, DSC, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. R.B. Foster, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.

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-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR D-4 / Revolutsyoner: At 0541 hours D-4 fired torpedoes at the German auxiliary patrol vessel UJ 116/Xanten about 40 nautical miles south-west of the Tarkhankut peninsula, Crimea. The torpedoes however miss their target.

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire of Santorini island, Greece.

French Navy Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1944

US Navy Destroyer Escort USS Corbesier: Corbesier shot down a Japanese plane in Leyte Gulf on this date.

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the destroyers USS Twining (Cdr. E.K. Wakefield, USN), USS Hunt (Cdr. H.A. Knoertzer, USN), USS Stockham (Cdr. E.P. Holmes, USN) and USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 19: HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) passed Lombok Strait southbound.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) departed Rothesay for Dundee. She made the passage together with HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Zeehond: HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Rothesay for Dundee. She made the passage together with HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Saury: USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Waugh) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Asahi Maru No.11 (approx. 100 tons, heavily damaged) off the Bonin Islands in position 30°50'N, 141°56'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Pollack: USS Pollack (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Steinmetz) arrived back at Pearl Harbor. She was now assigned to training duties.

US Navy Submarine USS Peto: While operating in the East China Sea west of Saishu Island USS Peto (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Caldwell, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Aisakasan Maru (6923 GRT) in position 33°50'N, 124°44'E and Chinkai Maru (2827 GRT) in position 33°39'N, 124°26'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Snook: USS Snook (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Browne) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Sunfish: USS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Seisho Maru (5463 GRT) in the East China Sea west of Saishu Island in position 33°36'N, 124°18'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Cdr. F.D. Walker, Jr., USN) arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

US Navy Submarine USS Barbero: USS Barbero (Cdr. I.S. Hartman, USN) departed from Mios Woendi resuming her 2nd war patrol. She was escorted out by HMAS Glenelg (T/Lt. L. Robson, RANR(S)).

US Navy Submarine USS Pampanito: USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) torpedoed and sank the Japanese depot ship Banshu Maru No.17 (459 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shinko Maru No.1 (1200 GRT) off the east coast of Hainan in position 19°12'N, 110°51'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Spadefish: USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 156 (130 tons) in the East China Sea in position 33°07'N, 123°19'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Tench: With her torpedo trials completed, USS Tench (Cdr. W.B. Sieglaff, USN), arrived at New London Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. B. Collins, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca to the South of Penang. (All times are zone -6.5) 0547 hours - Dived and closed the Malayan coast between Penang and the Dindings. 1426 hours - Surfaced and searched inshore for another junk hunt. 1445 hours - Sank a junk of about 45 tons by gunfire in position 04°44'N, 100°14'E. 1537 hours - Sighted two large junks further inshore. Gave chase. 1647 hours - Sank a tonkang of 91 tons and a heavily laden three masted junk of about 100 tons by gunfire in position 04°37'N, 100°21'E. Seven Chinese who formed the crew of the Tongkang were picked up.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taciturn: During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. V.D. Ravenscroft, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zephyr (Capt. J.H. Allison, DSO and Bar, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

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

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

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. J.R. Edmands, USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot). They were escorted by the British trawler HMS William Brady (T/A/Ch.Skr. J.G. Smith, RNR).

French Navy Submarine FR Argo: Argo departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Key West, Florida, USA.

1945

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Talent (iii): HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

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