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


HMS UPRIGHT - U-class Submarine

HM S/M United, sister-boat (Navy Photos/David Maltby & Charlie Chivers, click to enlarge)

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Launched with this name in 1940 this was its first use by the RN. Part of her ship's company including the Commanding Officer Lieutenant F J Brooks, RN had served in sister submarine HMS UNITY which had been sunk a collision in April 1940.  This submarine was deployed at Portsmouth after completion and during  September and October carried out anti-invasion patrols in the English Channel before being transferred Mediterranean.


Initially part of the 1st Submarine Flotilla in Malta carried out a patrol in the western Mediterranean on passage to Malta. Transferred to the 10th Submarine Flotilla in January 1941. Her first patrol in her new Flotilla was uneventful  but the next month she sank the Italian cruiser ARMANDO DIAZ which sank in six minutes after her magazine exploded on 25th February.. The following patrols until June were also unremarkable but before a refit in Malta a torpedo attack on a floating dock failed. After completion of the refit she resumed patrol duties for interception of shipping off Sicily and on 29th September 1941 she sank the Italian torpedo boat ALBATROS.  Later in December she sank two mercantiles off Taranto. Following a further patrol in January 1942 this submarine was damaged in air raid whilst at Malta and under dockyard repair for two weeks before returning to UK. Her Mediterranean patrols also included deployments in defence against attacks by Italian warships attempting to intercept Malta supply convoys.


Refitted at Blyth between April and June 1942  she joined the 9th Submarine Flotilla at Dundee and was deployed in the North Sea for two months before being transferred for training duties at Blyth until February 1944. After another refit at Blyth in May that year she joined the 7th Submarine Flotilla  for anti-submarine training of Western Approaches escorts. Later that year she was transferred to Bermuda for similar training of escorts built in the USA, Returning to the UK in September 1945 she Paid-off and was placed on Disposal List. Sold in December 1945 and this submarine was broken-up at Troon in 1946. The Commanding Officer during Mediterranean service in 1943 was Lieutenant J Wraith RN. 


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