THAMES-Class of Fleet Submarines ordered on
20th November 1932 from
Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow and laid down on
27th March 1933. This submarine
was launched on 16th January 1934 and was the
submarine to bear the name that was used
for the tenth time. It had been introduced in
for a 4th Rate 50 gun ship and
been used by a
River Monitor SOLIMOES purchased from Brazil
in 1914 and sold in 1921. Build was
completed on 12th January 1935. In November
she was deployed in the Mediterranean with
the1st Submarine Flotilla based at
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1816 - BELGIAN COAST 1914 -
Action 1915 - NORWAY
- SICILY 1943 - AEGEAN 1943
e r a l d i c D a t a
On a Field
Blue, a leopardí head Gold, in base two
roudels Red, three
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invicta triumphal: 'Faith
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W a r S e r v i c e
1 9 3
Malta with 1st
Passage to take up allocated war station at
Arrived in Freetown and deployed for Atlantic
convoy defence as part of the escort during
Atlantic and Indian Ocean,
1 9 4
Freetown deployment in continuation.
Transferred to Home waters for interception
patrol and convoy defence in North Sea.
Deployed in North Sea.
Commanding Officer Lieut. Cdr Taylor, RN
Nominated for support of planned minelaying
operations by ships of Home Fleet off
to prevent enemy use of Norwegian Leads for
iron ore traffic (Operation
Took up station in North Sea for interception
of German interference to WILFRED.
Remained in North Sea for interception patrol
and support of allied operations after German
landings in Norway
HM Submarines CLYDE, SEALION, SPEARFISH,
PORPOISE, NARWHAL, TRIDENT,
TRUANT, TAKU, TETRARCH, and French RUBIS were
North Sea deployment for interception patrols
Sank mercantile of 1,786 tons.
North Sea interception patrols with HM
Submarines CLYDE, SEALION, SPEARFISH,
NARWHAL, TRIDENT, TRUANT, TAKU, TETRARCH, and
1 9 4
North Sea deployment in continuation
Nominated for service at Gibraltar
Passage to join 8th Submarine Flotilla
Deployed at Gibraltar with HM Submarine CLYDE
and four Dutch submarines for convoy
in Atlantic and interception patrols in
(Note: Submarines on passage to join 1st and
10th Flotillas in eastern Mediterranean were
used for these patrols as a work-up for
Gibraltar deployment in continuation
Deployed as part of escort of Convoy HG69
during Atlantic passage from
Deployed at Gibraltar for Flotilla duties
1 9 4
Gibraltar deployment in continuation.
Nominated for transfer to Home waters.
(Note: Refit period to be confirmed.)
1 9 4
Deployed in Home waters.
(Note: On completion of refit - to be
Nominated for interception of German major
units attempting passage into Atlantic to
Sailed from Clyde with HM Submarine STUBBORN
and US Navy submarine USS BARB to
up patrol station in NW Approaches for
Home waters deployment in continuation.
Transferred to Mediterranean for support of
planned allied landings in Sicily.
Passage to Alexandria for interception patrol
and support of Operation HUSKY
Deployed for patrol to intercept enemy
interference during allied landings.
Resumed interception patrols in eastern
Mediterranean based at Haifa
Haifa deployment in continuation
Nominated for support of military operations
in eastern Mediterranean.
(Note: After Italian surrender military
occupation of Cos and Leros had been
Deployed at Beirut to embark Bofor guns and
ammunition for delivery to Leros.
For details see WAR IN THE AEGEAN by
Sailed for Leros with Bofors, ammunition and
eight army personnel.
Arrived at Leros.
unloading completed sailed from Leros.
Arrived in Beirut and prepared for further
supply operation to Leros.
Sailed with stores.
Returned to Beirut after serious machinery
defect and operation abandoned.
On completion of repair resumed operations in
Eastern Mediterranean deployment in
1 9 4
Interception deployment in continuation
Nominated for transfer to Eastern Fleet based
Passage to join 2nd Submarine Flotilla
Deployed for Flotilla duties based in Ceylon.
Carried out interception patrol duties in
Transferred to East Indies Fleet on formation.
1 9 4
East Indies Fleet duties with Flotilla in
Withdrawn from operational service
P o s
W a r N o t e s
remained in Ceylon after VJ Day
and was placed on the Disposal List. The boat
was sold for demolition by T
Hassan Ali in May 1946. She was towed later
that year to the breakerís
yard in Bombay.