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Depot Ships

Submarines are relatively small compared to most oceangoing vessels, and generally do not have the ability to carry large amounts of food, fuel, torpedoes, and other supplies, nor to carry a full array of maintenance equipment and personnel.

The tender carries all these, and periodically meets up with a submarine at sea to replenish it. In some navies the tenders were equipped with workshops for maintenance and as floating dormitories with relief crews.

With the increased size and automation of modern submarines, plus their reliance on nuclear power, tenders are no longer as necessary as they once were.

1882 - 1919: Hebe1885 - 1920: Thames1886 - 1912: Pactolus1886 - 1921: Forth
1886 - 1923: Arrogant1889 - 1955: Vulcan1891 - 1920: St George1891 - 1921: Royal Arthur
1892 - 1920: Bonaventure (F139)1892 - 1924: Onyx1898 - 1921: Rosario1900 - 1922: Shearwater
1903 - 1946: Ambrose (F08)1905 - 1947: Cyclops (F31)1907 - 1951: Lucia (F27)1911 - 1932: Adamant
1911 - 1949: Alecto (J10)1912 - 1929: Maidstone1902 - 1939: Pandora1915 - 1949: Titania (F32)
1916 - 1957: Platypus1920 - 1952: Wolfe (F37)1921 - 1958: Montclare (F85)1921 - 1965: Ausonia (F53)
1924 - 1961: Artifex (F28)1927 - 1957: Alaunia (F17)1928 - 1942: Medway (F25)1937 - 1978: Maidstone (F44)
1938 - 1978: Forth (F04)1940 - 1970: Adamant (F64)1941 - 1946: Wuchang (F30)1951 - 1946: Talbot

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