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


HMS SAFARI (P 211 - ex-P 61) - S-class Submarine


Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HM S/M Sceptre, sister-boat (Navy Photos, click to enlarge)

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This name had not previously been used by the RN and under command of a renowned submariner, Commander Ben Bryant achieved considerable fame during service in the Mediterranean to which area she was deployed in April 1942 on completion of work-up. Initially she carried out patrols from Gibraltar in the course of which she sank 4 supply ships.


Later she was transferred to the 10th Flotilla at Malta and was deployed in both the Adriatic and central Mediterranean where she sank two more ships before taking part in the allied landings in North Africa to intercept any enemy attempt to interfere with the operation. This submarine continued her successes in 1943 when she sank 10 supply ships in the course of patrols to intercept shipping to and from North African ports. In July 1943 she was used as a navigational beacon for US assault convoys on passage to Sicily.


Further research is required to determine her deployments in 1944 and 1945, but it may be assumed she returned to UK and it is known that she was not part of either the East Indies Fleet of the British Pacific Fleet in August 1945. No specific deployment in Home waters can be traced and this submarine did not take part in support of the allied landings in Normandy during June 1944.


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