Allied Warships

HMS Virulent (P 95)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 95 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down30 Mar 1943 
Launched23 May 1944 
Commissioned1 Oct 1944 
End service 
History

Loaned to the Greek Navy as Argonaftis from May 1946 until 3 October 1958. Broke adrift from tow from Malta to the Tyne on 15 December 1958. Towed into Pasajes by fishing vessels on 6 January 1959. Sold to Spanish shipbreakers early 1961 and broken up in April 1961.

 

Commands listed for HMS Virulent (P 95)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Stephen John Fovargue, RN15 May 194413 Mar 1945
2Lt. Francis Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, RN13 Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Virulent include:


31 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) and HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) both departed Rothesay for Douglas, Isle of Man and Fishguard repectively. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (1)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) and HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) both departed Fishguard for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN). (2)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Urtica (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN), HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) and HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN). (3)

5 May 1945
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN), HMS Virulent (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) and HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19243
  2. ADM 173/20244
  3. ADM 173/20209
  4. ADM 173/20191

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


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