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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

SUBMARINES

SHARK submarines (1934 - 1938)

Seawolf 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Sealion N72 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1933 16/3/1934 12/1934 sunk as target 3/3/1945
Shark N54 Chatham DYd 6/1933 31/5/1934 12/1934 sunk 6/7/1940
Salmon S65 - N65 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1933 30/4/1934 3/1935 sunk 9/7/1940
Snapper N39 Chatham DYd 9/1933 25/10/1934 6/1935 sunk 12/2/1941
Seawolf N46 Scotts, Greenock 5/1934 28/11/1935 3/1936 BU 6/1945
Spearfish S69 - N69 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1935 21/4/1936 12/1936 sunk 1/8/1940
Sunfish N81 Chatham DYd 7/1935 30/9/1936 7/1937 to Soviet Union 5/1944 (-1) (V-1)
Sterlet N22 Chatham DYd 7/1936 22/9/1937 4/1938 sunk 16/4/1940

 

Displacement standard, t

670

Displacement normal, t

768 / 960

Length, m

63.6

Breadth, m

7.32

Draught, m

3.61

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Admiralty diesels / 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

1550 / 1440

Sunfish: 1900 / 1440

Max speed, kn

14 / 10

Sunfish: 15 / 10

Fuel, t

diesel oil 39

Endurance, nm(kts)

3800(10) /

Armament

6 - 533 TT (bow; 12), 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk II, 1 x 1 - 12.7/62

Sensors sonar

Complement

39

Diving depth operational, m 60

Ship project history: Development of "S" class with a little bit increased length at the expense of additional (1.9m) section of pressure hull. Sunfish had more powerful diesels. Submarines were built under 1931-1935 programs.

Modernizations: 1940s, Seawolf, Sunfish: received ability to carry 12 M2 mines instead of torpedoes.

Naval service: Sterlet was sunk by DCs of German minesweeper 75 and submarine chasers UJ125, UJ126 and UJ128 in the North Sea 18/4/1940. Salmon was lost 9/7/1940 on a mine at Stavanger. Shark was badly damaged 5/7/1940 by German aircraft and minesweepers M1803, M1806 and M1807 and sunk next day. Spearfish was sunk 1/8/1940 by German submarine U34 in the North Sea. Snapper was sunk by DCs of German minesweepers 2, 13 and 25 in Atlantic 12/2/1941. Sealion was sunk as a target 3/3/1945.

Salmon 1938

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10