Part of 1st Group of T Class Submarines and 1st of this Class
to be ordered from HM Dockyard, Chatham on 12th January 1937 and
laid down on 11th May 1938. This submarine was launched on
31st October 1939 as the 6th RN vessel to bear the name, introduced
in 1812 for the 6th Rate 36 Gun ship HMS FORTH was renamed . The last to carry the name was Paddle
built at Bombay and sold in 1904. Build was completed
on 20th June 1940 and trials had been carried out at Portsmouth with
the 5th Submarine Flotilla. in May 1940.
Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in
Newbury, Berkshire in February 1942 the boat was adopted by the
civil community of the Borough.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
NORWAY 1941 -
ARCTIC 1941-41 - MEDITERRANEAN 1942
H e r a l d i
c D a t a
Badge: On a field Gold on s Pale wavy Blue
between two Palm trees,
couped fructed Proper a pallet wavy
S u m m a r y o f W a r S e r v i c e
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Commissioned for service and carried out Acceptance Trials at
Portsmouth with 5th
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to
Worked-up for operational service.
Joined 2nd Submarine Flotilla at Rosyth
Nominated with HM Submarines CACHALOT, TALISMAN and TRIBUNE for Bay
for surveillance in Bay of Biscay and patrol off Brest August
Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr Bone.
Channel deployment in continuation.
13th Sank the barque CHARLES
EDMOND during patrol patrol 60 miles west of Gironde.
Flotilla duties in continuation at Rosyth
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Bay Patrol deployment in continuation
During patrol sank two mercantiles totalling 3,704 tons
On a later patrol sank three mercantiles totalling 4,039
Transferred to 3rd Submarine Flotilla based in Clyde for
interception patrols in
Atlantic deployment in continuation
2nd Sank tanker THORN
5,486 tons by torpedo and
gunfire off St Nazaire.
Atlantic deployment in continuation.
Commanding officer promoted to Commander.
Deployed for interception of Italian submarine operating against
west of Gibraltar
5th Sank Italian
submarine MICHELLE BIANCI in Bay of Biscay.
Transferred with HM Submarine TRIDENT for service in Arctic
based at Polyarno.
Deployed at Polyarno
11th Sailed for support of
Soviet operations and patrol at Savaerholt.
17th Sank Norwegian coaster
Polyarno deployment for patrol of Norway in continuation.
15th Sank mercantile RICHARD
WITH, 905 tons off Bretsund.
17th Carried out unsuccessful
attacks on two convoys off Norway.
Polyarno deployment in continuation
11th Carried out unsuccessful
attack on convoy off Norway in Svaerholthaven
14th Carried out another
unsuccessful attack on Norwegian coast convoy in same
20th Took return passage to UK
from Polyarno after relief by HM Submarine SEALION
Deployed in Home waters.
Nominated for support of planned Commando landings on islands off
16th Sailed for patrol
Deployed for support of ANKLET.
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9th Returned from
Took passage to Fro Havet for interception of TIRPITZ.
Nominated for refit and took passage to Plymouth.
Under refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr G R Colvin, RN
On completion of post refit trials resumed service with 3rd Flotilla
and based in Holy Loch
2nd Sailed for Arctic
deployment in support of passage of Russian Convoy PQ18.
During search for major German warships reported by HM Submarine
TRIBUNE as a
threat to PQ14, TIGRIS fired five torpedoes at German
warships KOLN, SCHEER and
HIPPER. These exploded astern of the German warships.
Nominated for transfer to 8th Submarine Flotilla.
Passage to Algiers to join Flotilla
Deployed in Mediterranean for interception patrol.
6th Sank Italian
submarine PORFIDO off Sardinia
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Deployed for interception duties in Eastern Mediterranean
20th Sank mercantile of 4,413
18th Sailed from Malta to carry
out patrol south of Naples.
24th Sighted in position south
27th Under depth charge attacks
by escort of enemy convoy SE of Capri.
Sunk by UJ2210 with no survivors.
(Note: Other sources record sinking in Gulf of Naples during March probably by a