a t t l e H o n o u r s
1915 - NORWAY 1940 - MEDITERRANEAN 1940
is thrice armed'
submarine was the first warship built for RN
service to carry this name which had been
borne by a Yacht which was requisitioned for
naval service in 1915. One of the
pre-was built submarines she was
deployed at Rosyth with the 2nd Submarine
Flotilla in September 1939.
the invasion of Norway in April 1940 she
carried out North Sea patrol duties including
patrols off the Norwegian Coast. On 11th April
she sank the German transport IONIA off the
entrance to Oslo Fjord during patrol duties in
where she was deployed to intercept German
shipping carrying troops and supplies to the
army units which had already landed.
May 1940 this submarine was transferred for
patrol duties in the eastern Channel and later
that year was selected for service in the
Mediterranean with the 1st Submarine Flotilla
10th October she sailed from Malta for
Alexandria and on passage sighted the Italian
submarine ENRICO TOTI which was surfaced and
carried out a torpedo attack which missed. In
the subsequent surface gun engagement she was
hit and sank without survivors. The Italian
submarine had been on the surface because of
machinery problems with her electric
propulsion. This loss was attributed to a mine
for many years and only resolved after post
war study of Italian records.
Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Commander G
S Salt, RN whose son was Captain J F T G Salt,
in command of HM Destroyer SHEFFIELD when sunk
during the Falklands War in 1982.