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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2006


HMS TEMPLAR - T-class Submarine

HM S/M Templar (Navy Photos, click to enlarge) return to Contents List 

B a t t l e    H o n o u r s


 SICILY 1943 - SABANG 1944


First use of this named by RN and completed in February 1943. She was nominated for service in the Mediterranean on completion of work-up and deployed for interception patrols against supply traffic.


In July she took part in the allied assault on Sicily and carried out patrol to prevent interference by Italian surface craft against convoys to the landing areas. In August 1943 she was transferred with the 4th Submarine Flotilla for service with the Eastern Fleet and was based at Colombo for patrol duties.


These duties apart from interception of coastal shipping off Burma, Siam and in the Malacca Straits included landing of intelligence parties. In one series of SOE landings were carried out in Siam during November 1943, January 1944 and February 1944  (Operations SHADE I, SHADE II and SHADE III). In the January 1944 patrol she attacked and damaged the Japanese cruiser KITAGAMI off Penang and later in May that year sank a supply ship in the Malacca Straits. Before carrying out Air Sea Rescue duties during allied air attacks on Sabang with HMS TANTIVY (Operation CRIMSON), she carried out interception patrols against German submarines carrying stores and passengers to and from the Far East. In June she missed U1062 which was on passage to France.


Eastern Fleet duties with the Flotilla continued until 1945 when she returned to UK. Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Ridgeway RN.


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