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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2006

 

HMS ROVER (62 R) - R-class Submarine

 

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HM S/M Rover (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge)

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R-Class Patrol submarine ordered on 28th February 1929 from Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow with HM Submarines REGENT and REGULUS. This submarine was laid down on 24th July 1929 and launched with HMS REGENT AND REGULUS on 11th June 1930. She was the 10th RN warship to bear use the name introduced in 1777 when given to a captured US Brig and last used in 1909 until renamed ROLLICKER in 1929 so it could be given to this submarine in June 1930. Build was completed on 29th January 1931 and she then commissioned for service in the 4th Submarine Flotilla for service on the China Station where she was deployed until 1940. After a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in December 1941 this submarine was adopted by the civil community of Winchester, Hampshire.

 

B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s

 

MEDITERRANEAN 1941

 

H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge :On a Field White, a Fleur-de-Lys under a crown all Gold.

 

M o t t o

Pro glora passim : 'Everywhere for glory'

 

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

 

1 9 3 9

 

August                  Deployed at Hong Kong with 4th Submarine Flotille supported by HM Depot Ship

                               MEDWAY. (Note: Other submarines in Flotilla included HM Submarines RAINBOW,

                                REGENT and REGULUS of the Class.)

                                Took passage to take-up war Station.

 

September             Deployed for Flotilla interception patrol duties based at Hong Kong.

to

November

 

December              Transferred to Singapore with Flotilla .

 

1 9 4 0

 

January                  Deployed at Singapore.

to                            Nominated for refit by HM Dockyard.

April

 

May                        Under refit.

to                             Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to N62.

June

 

July                         On completion transferred to 1st Submarine Flotilla and took passage to Aden

 

August                  Deployed at Aden for exercises.

 

September             Carried out exercises in Red Sea                       

                                Passage to join Flotilla at Alexandria.

 

October                  Deployed at Alexandria for interception patrol south of Messina.

to November

 

December              Carried out two interception patrols in eastern Mediterranean off coast of North Africa

 

1 9 4 1

 

January                  Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr Marsham, RN

                7th          During patrol off Tobruk sustained damage from depth charges by Italian torpedo boats 

                                CLIO and CASTORE in defect of convoy being attacked.

                9th          Sank sailing vessel by surface gun action.

                                Returned to Alexandria for repair to batteries.

 

February                On completion resumed operational service by patrol off Calabria

                8th          Carried out unsuccessful torpedo attacks on both a mercantile and a submarine.

                14th        Damaged tanker CESCO of 6,160 tons in a torpedo attack.

                                (Note : This ship later sank.)

 

March                    Deployed at Suda Bay for support of convoys taking troops to Greece.

 

April

                30th        Provided electric power supplies to HM Cruiser YORK which had been damaged at Suda

                                Bay by an explosive motor boat launched from an Italian destroyer.

                                (Note : This cruiser had been at anchor and later beached to prevent sinking.

                                Later sustained damaged in an air raid at Suda Bay and disabled.)

 

May                        Taken in tow by HM Netlayer PROTECTOR and towed to Alexandria for repair.

to                            Under temporary repair by at Alexandria and later in drydock at Port Said to enable 

June                        passage to be made to Singapore for permanent repair .

 

July                         Passage to Singapore with call at Aden.

 

August                  Taken in hand for repair and refit by HM Dockyard, Singapore.

 

September             Under refit.

to                           

December

 

1 9 4 2

 

January                  Refit work stopped and arrangements made for tow away from area because of threat of

                                Japanese invasion.

 

February                Taken in tow to Tanjon Priok

                                (Note : Much of the propulsion machinery was left ashore in Singapore.

                                Joined Convoy SJ1 and towed to Trincomalee.

                21st         Arrived in Ceylon

 

March                    Arrangements made for repair work to be completed at Bombay

to                            Under repair by HM Dockyard, Bombay.

December

 

1 9 4 3

January                  Under repair.

to                            Nominated for service in East Indies on completion of dockyard work.

November

 

December              Deployed at Trincomalee to work-up for service.

 

1 9 4 5

 

January                  Deployed at Trincomalee for work-up.

                                Nominated for East Indies Fleet anti-submarine training duties.

 

February                Deployed at Bombay for anti-submarine training of escorts in Indian Ocean.

to                           

June

 

July                         Deployed at Mombasa

to

August

 

P o s t    W a r     N o t e s

  

HMS ROVER returned to Ceylon after VJ Day and was Paid-off. Laid-up until placed on the Disposal List this submarine was sold for demolition by Messrs Joubert on 30th June 1946 and towed to the breakerís yard in Durban.

 

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