Patrol submarine ordered on 2nd December 1926 from Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow
and laid down on 12th May 1927 This submarine was launched on 19th May 1928 and her name
was introduced for a 1915 destroyer scrapped in 1931 and used for
the second time when given to this submarine. Build was completed on 25th
January 1929 and the boat commissioned for service
with the 4th Submarine Flotilla on the China Station. She returned to UK in
before the outbreak
of was in 1939 re-commissioned for service on the East Indies Station with the
8th Submarine Flotilla where she was serving in September 1939. Following a
WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 she was adopted by the
civil community of Ilkley, Yorkshire.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
MEDITERRANEAN 1940 - MALTA CONVOYS 1941
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge : On a Field Black, the head of OSIRIS with a head dress
Blue and Gold
together with crook and flail also Gold.
M o t t o
Resurgam : 'I shall
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August Deployed on the China
Station with 4th Flotilla.
service on East Indies Station.
S u m m a r y o f W a r S
e r v i c e
September Passage to join 8th
Flotilla at Colombo.
October Deployed for Flotilla
duties in Indian Ocean based at Colombo.
to (Note: Other
submarines transferred to Colombo were::
December HM Submarines ODIN,
ORPHEUS, OTUS and OLYMPUS.)
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for transfer to Mediterranean Fleet.
1st Submarine Flotilla based at Alexandria
for interception patrols and took part in Fleet exercises, especially after the
threat of war with
(Note: HM Submarine OSWALD of this Class was also deployed in this Flotilla.
Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr Harvey RN)
for interception patrol off
Dodecanese with HM Submarines PROTEUS,
OSWALD and PANDORA.
out patrols for interception of warships on passage to interfere with to
Mediterranean Fleet deployments.
16th Sank a
supply ship of 1,694 tons off Durrazzo,
September Carried out
attack on convoy in Otranto Strait and sank Italian torpedo boat PALESTRO
Mediterranean deployment with Flotilla based at Alexandria for patrol duties in
to continuation (Note :
Other submarines in Flotilla were :
December HM Submarines
TRUANT, TRIUMPH, TAKU, TETRARCH, TORBAY, REGENT,
ROVER, OTUS, RORQUAL, CACHALOT, PARTHIAN, PERSEUS, and PANDORA
four Greek submarines.
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Flotilla duties based at Alexandria in continuation
: Patrol in September was unsuccessful.)
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duties based at Alexandria in continuation in
Nominated for support of planned allied landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
for interception patrol to prevent Italian warships interfering with HUSKY.
details see BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser and Naval Staff History.)
Nominated for transfer for non-operational duties in Eastern Fleet for training
submarine escorts on release from HUSKY.
August Passage to
Colombo to join Eastern Fleet.
September Deployed for
training duties with Eastern Fleet.
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Eastern Fleet deployment in continuation.
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Fleet duties in continuation
November Transferred to
East Indies Fleet on formation
Training duties based at Trincomalee in continuation.
December East Indies
Fleet training in continuation
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January Deployed in
Indian Ocean for training duties.
P o s
t W a r N o t e s
OSIRIS was paid-off after VJ Day and laid-up on
station until September 1946 when placed on the Disposal List. This
submarine was the sold to an East Africa ship breaker for demolition and
arrived in tow at Port Reitz later that year. This name
was re-introduced in 1949 for use by an RN Depot in Egypt until 1954 and used
again in 1962 when given to a new submarine in 1962.