Patrol submarine ordered on 28th
February 1929 from Vickers-Armstrong
at Barrow with HM Submarines REGULUS
and ROVER. This submarine was laid
down on 19th June 1929 and launched
with HMS REGULUS and
June 1930. She was the 3rd
RN warship to bear the
name introduced in 1489 when a 100gun
ship built at Chatham in 1488 was
given this name after completion. It
was last used for a 14 gun Brig
purchased in 1816.and in 1821 used
for Revenue service.
Build was completed on 11th November
1930 and this submarine was then
4th Submarine Flotilla for service
China Station where she was deployed
until 1940. In December 1941 she was
by the civil community of Barnsley
in the West Riding of Yorkshire
after a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign.
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a dragon Red under a crown
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Deployed at Hong Kong with 4th
Submarine Flotilla supported by HM
MEDWAY. (Note: Other submarines in
Flotilla included HM Submarines
and ROVER of the Class.)
Took passage to take-up war Station.
Carried out first patrol for
interception of enemy mercantiles,
and blockade runners.
(Note: Other submarines carried out
patrol off ports in the Ditch East
Patrol deployment with Flotilla
based at Hong Kong
9 4 0
Flotilla duties for interception
patrols in continuation.
Nominated for transfer to 1st
Submarine Flotilla with boats of 4th
Took passage to join Flotilla at
Joined 1st Flotilla at Alexandria
for interception patrols in eastern
out minelaying operation off North
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to N41.
Deployed for interception patrol
with Flotilla in eastern
Commanding Officer Lieut. Cdr Browne
Sank two mercantiles totalling 6,088
tons during patrol off Durazzo.
Flotilla patrol duties in
9 4 1
During patrol off Benghazi sank
Italian mercantile CITTA DI MESSINA
of 2,742 tons which
escorted by Italian torpedo boat
CENTAURO. Rescued 166 survivors.
Carried out attack convoy of three
mercantiles escorted by three
Italian mercantile MENES of 5,609
tons which was damaged
(Note : This mercantile was later
taken in tow by the destroyer
Deployed in Adriatic for
interception of shipping.
Commanding Officer W N R Lieutenant
Nominated for special duty and
entered Cattaro Bay to embark
British Minister to
Yugoslavia after German invasion.
Flotilla deployment for interception
(Note: Ships in 1st Flotilla at
included HM Submarines TRUANT,
TETRARCH, TORBAY, ROVER, OSIRIS,
OTIS, RORQUAL, CACHALOT,
PARTHIAN, PERSEUS, PANDORA and five
Flotilla interception duties in
continuation including transport of
stores to Malta.
Deployed with Flotilla for
Took part with HMS PERSEUS in
Diversionary operation by
Mediterranean Fleet units
during passage of relief convoy to
Malta from Gibraltar and both boats
wireless signals to simulate Fleet
operations in eastern
Mediterranean (Operation ME3)
(Note : As a result enemy decision
to avoid engagement with Force H and
harbour was not rescinded – See
Naval Staff History – 2001.)
Flotilla interception patrols in
Deployed with HM Submarines OTUS,
UNIQUE, ULTIMATUM, URSULA and URGE
interception of convoys between
Italian ports and
North Africa on Tripoli
Deployed for interception of convoys
off Sicily and sinks mercantile
ERICA off Trapani.
On release took passage to Gibraltar.
9 4 2
Deployed at Gibraltar (Original text
showed her refitting, possibly in
Gibraltar, until April
or May, then resuming operational
duties at Gibraltar including
transporting stores to
Malta. The corrected refit location
and dates are courtesy Thomas
Professor of American Industrial
History, New York, and the Malta trips
can not be
Started extended refit at Philadelphia
Navy Yard in US.
operational duties at Gibraltar.
Commanding Officer promoted Lieut
9 4 3
Mediterranean deployment in
Sailed from Malta for interception
patrol in southern Adriatic.
Carried out torpedo attack on
mercantile BALTIC north of Monopoli.
(Note : Torpedo missed target and
exploded on shore.)
Came under depth charge attack by
Italian destroyer GABBIANO and sunk
(Note : BENEATH THE WAVES records
loss may have been by mine but other
sources state loss was due to this
direct enemy attack.)
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name was re-introduced in 1966 when
given to a Royal Fleet Auxiliary.