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


HMS TIPTOE - T-class Submarine

HM S/M Tiptoe (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge) return to Contents List   

Part of 3rd Group of T-Class Submarines and ordered with six others of this Group from Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow on 20th October 1941. Laid down on 10th November 1942 and to be identified as P332 this submarine was launched on 25th February 1944  as HMS TIPTOE and was the 1st RN vessel to bear this name. Her build was completed on 12th June 1944. Her commanding officer was Lieutenant R L Jay, RN


B a t t l e   H o n o u r s




H e r a l d i c   D a t a

 Badge: On a field Blue, a female dance on tiptoe, the arms raised Proper.


S u m m a r y   o f   W a r   S e r v i c e


1 9 4 4

June                        Commissioned for service

                                Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.


July                         Carried out work-up in Home waters for operational service.




September             Deployed in Home waters

to December


1 9 4 5


January                  Nominated for service with 4th Submarine Flotilla based at Trincomalee

                                (Note: Other submarines in Flotilla were :

                                HM Submarines THROUGH, TACITURN, TRUMP, TUDOR, THULE, TRENCHANT,

                                TERRAPIN and TRADEWIND which still belonged to the East Indies Fleet.


February                Passage to join Flotilla at Fremantle.

to                            (Note: HMS MAIDSTONE was intended to transfer to Fremantle for support of British

March                    Pacific Fleet submarine operations in SW Pacific.)


April                       Joined Flotilla at Fremantle and formally transferred to British Pacific Fleet.

                19th        HMS MAIDSTONE sailed for Subic Bay to commence operations in conjunction with US

                                Navy submarines.

                                Took passage to Subic Bay

                                (Note: Submarine had not yet carried out a war patrol.)


May                        Deployed at Subic Bay and sailed for first war patrol;

                                Sank two coasting vessels, probably by surface gunfire.



                1st           Sank mercantile TOBI MARU of 982 tons in the Java Sea.

                                (See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).)


July                         Carried out last war patrols with HM Submarine TRUMP of Flotilla.

                                (Note: Five small craft were sunk, one with HMS TRUMP, probably by surface gunfire.)


August                  Carried out attacks with HMS TRUMP on convoy on passage from Batavia to Singapore

                                (Note: Sinking of one mercantile is to be verified.)

                21st         Returned to Fremantle with HM Submarines THOROUGH, TACITURN and TRUMP.


P-o s t   W a r   N o t e s


HMS TIPTOE was retained in service on return from war service. Before being placed on the Disposal List in 1970,  this submarine visited Barrow in 1969 to celebrate her 25th Anniversary. Sold to BISCO on 16th April 1971 for demolition by HG Pound at Portchester she arrived in tow at the breakerís yard later that year.


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