Submarine Depot ship built by John Brown of Clydebank, Glasgow ands laid down
on 30th August 1936. The ship was
launched on 21st October 1937 as the 9th RN ship to carry the name, introduced
in 1650 to commemorate the taking of the town by Fairfax in 1648 and was
sold in 1929. Build was completed on 5th May 1938 and deployed as Depot Ship
for the 1st Submarine Flotilla based in Malta until the outbreak of war with
Germany in Sept. 1939. Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National
Savings Campaign in March 1942 she was 'adopted' by the civil community of Maidstone, Kent.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
SANTA CRUZ 1657 - QUIBERON 1759
- MEDITERRANEAN 1942-43
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field Blue, a Lion passant Gold upon wavelets Silver and Blue.
M o t t o
Urbis Fortuna Navis: ' The fortune of the city is
the fortune of the ship ‘
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April Commissioned for trials.
5th Accepted into service.
June On completion of trials prepared
for service at Malta in support of 1st Submarine Flotilla.
July Deployed at Malta as
Depot Snip and took part in Fleet exercises and visits
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January Mediterranean deployment in continuation.
September After outbreak of war deployed in Atlantic
for support of submarines being used for convoy
to Nominated for
deployment at Rosyth for support of submarines.
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Deployed at Rosyth
for support of submarines carrying patrol duties in North Sea.
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submarine support in continuation.
service in support of submarines at Gibraltar
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Deployed at Gibraltar for
submarine support duties.
operations were planned on board including those which were associated with the
landings in North Africa.
TORCH. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett
and the Naval Staff History (HMSO).
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Transferred to Qran
in continuation of submarine support duties.
service with Eastern Fleet submarines based in Ceylon,
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January Took passage to Ceylon via Suez
18th At Massawa
19th Sailed from Massawa for Ceylon with call
3rd Arrived at Trincomalee and joined Eastern
Fleet. for support of 8th Submarine
(Note: Flotilla then
comprised 8 S-Class submarines but increased in July when four
T-Class, six S-Class and the Dutch 019 were being
April Deployed at Trincomalee.
August Transferred to Fremantle to
support submarines of 8th Flotilla for operations in sea areas
around Indonesia and
. 25th Sailed to Fremantle.
4th Joined US submarine tenders USS EURYALUS
and GRIFFIN at Fremantle.
11th HM Submarine PORPOISE sailed for special
operation using submersible canoes to attack
(Operation RIMAU - This was a
failure and crews who survived were executed after being
captured by the
October Submarine support at Fremantle in
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from berth at Fremantle to avoid serious damage when oil fuel caught fire on
February Support of Eastern Fleet submarines
1st Transferred to British Pacific Fleet as part of reorganisation of Eastern
19th Took passage to Subic Bay in support of
RN submarines operating in S. China Sea.
Called at Sydney on
May Passage from Sydney to
Subic Bay with call at British Fleet Base at Manus in Admiralty
20th Arrived at Subic Bay and joined US
submarine depot ships.
for HM Submarines SOLENT, SLEUTH,
SPARK, SUPREME, STYGIAN
STURDY, SEA SCOUT.
Submarines SELENE, SPEARHEAD, STUBBORN and SIDON joined later).
June Deployed at Subic Bay for
support of 8th Submarine Flotilla in continuation.
15th Reverted to RN control after end of
hostilities with Japan.
Nominated for service in Task
Group 112.2 for re-occupation of Hong Kong.
27th Joined m Aircraft Carrier INDOMITABLE, HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
VENGEANCE, HM Cruisers SWIFTSURE, EURYALUS and HM Canadian Auxiliary
screened by HM Destroyers KEMPENFELT, URSA,
and HM Australian
Destroyer QUADRANT as Task Group 112.2.
Submarines of 8th
Flotilla also joined this Group.
Took passage with
Group for Hong Kong.
30th Remained at sea during operations to
ensure safe passage to harbour.
September Assisted in re-occupation of Kowloon.
Nominated for transport of repatriated POW from East Indies camps. - \
Took passage to
. 24th Embarked
459 POW at Celebes
30th Arrived at Fremantle.
October On release from repatriation
duties took passage to return to UK.
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After refit resumed submarine support duties in Home waters, based at
Took part in Home Fleet exercises and visits with attached submarines.
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During service at
Portland took part in rescue operations after an explosion of a torpedo on
board m Submarine SIDON.
(Note: This was caused by leakage of hydrogen peroxide whilst weapon
was in the
Hydrogen peroxide was being used for trials of a new design of torpedo
explosion removed both tube door and bow cap
allowing the direct access
water into the submarine which sank.
was later salved but found beyond economic repair and sunk as a target off
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of the Commander in Chief Home Fleet and took part in the Visits and
with HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier OCEAN.
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Home Fleet duties in continuation.
modernisation to enable provision of support for nuclear submarines.
April Paid off into Dockyard Control at Portsmouth
Taken in hand for modernisation.
May In Dockyard hands.
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facilities provided in mid-ships structure.
arrangements modified to provide suitable repair and support for nuclear
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trials and work-up prior to deployment in Clyde
. Provided support
for 3rd Submarine Squadron at Faslane.
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deployment in continuation.
reduction to Reserve status after Clyde Submarine Base, HMS NEPTUNE
became operational and
support base for submarines based at Faslane.
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23rd Took passage to Rosyth to pay off
off and destored.
March Reducing to Reserve
April Laid up at Rosyth.
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January Laid-up at Rosyth
September Selected for use as an
Ship for troops sent to Belfast to support
local authorities during civil unrest.
October Re-commissioned at Rosyth.
November Deployed at Belfast as an Accommodation
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Deployed at Belfast and also used as a
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On release from duties at Belfast by
military authority reverted to RN control.
Towed to Rosyth to re-enter Reserve
Reduced to Reserve Status
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Placed on Disposal List and sold to
BISCO for demolition by TW Ward.
23rd Towed to breakers’ yard at Inverkeithing