Allied Warships

HMS Astute (P 447)

Submarine of the A class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassA 
PennantP 447 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered7 Apr 1943 
Laid down4 Apr 1944 
Launched30 Jan 1945 
Commissioned30 Jun 1945 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 2 September 1970. Scrapped at Dunston on Tyne in October 1970.  

Commands listed for HMS Astute (P 447)

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1Lt. Richard Gatehouse, DSC, RN30 Jan 194513 Nov 1946

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The history of HMS Astute as compiled on this page is extracted from the logbooks of this submarine.

This page was last updated in December 2019.

27 Jun 1945
Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Morpeth Castle (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR). (1)

28 Jun 1945
Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. En-route from Barrow several trials were conducted. While based at Holy Loch a period of trials and training followed off the West coast of Scotland. (1)

29 Jun 1945
Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. (1)

30 Jun 1945
Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted full power trials on the Arran measured mile following which she was commissioned at Holy Loch. (1)

3 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery trials and exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

4 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

5 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted speed trials on the Arran measured mile. Upon completion of these Astute carried out gunnery exercises. (2)

7 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (2)

9 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (2)

10 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Holy Loch. (2)

11 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted engine and D/F trials in the Clyde area. (2)

13 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

15 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to the torpedo range at Arrochar. (2)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

18 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

19 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

20 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

21 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

22 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

23 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

25 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

26 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

27 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

28 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

29 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (2)

31 Jul 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. Upon completion of these HMS Astute proceeded to Holy Loch. (2)

3 Aug 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) and HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) served as the target. (3)

4 Aug 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (3)

5 Aug 1945
HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) and HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which they served as targets for each other. (4)

6 Aug 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch to return to her builders yard at Barrow. (3)

7 Aug 1945
HMS Astute (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) arrived at her builders yard at Barrow where she was taken in hand for some alterations / modifications. When the war with Japan ended she was still there. She returned to Holy Loch on 21 October 1945 to resume her trials and training programme. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19472
  2. ADM 173/19473
  3. ADM 173/19474
  4. ADM 173/19824

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


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