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On This Day - February 17

1864HunleyThe first successful submarine torpedo attack took place when the USS Housatonic was sunk by the Confederate submarine Hunley in Charleston harbour however, the force of the explosion was so great that the submarine itself was also blown up, killing all on board.
1917V2Launched
1942Unshaken (P54)Launched
1942Unswerving (P63)Laid Down
1943Splendid (P228)HMS Splendid sinks the Italian merchant XXI Aprile about 3 nautical miles north of Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
1943Virtue (P75)Laid Down
1945Statesman (P246)HMS Statesman sinks the Japanese trawler Matsujima Maru No.3 and the Japanese coasters Nippon Maru No.19, Nanyo Maru No. 17 and Nippon Maru No.14 with gunfire in the Malakka Strait.
19721938 - 1978: Forth (F04)Renamed Defiance, depot Ship of Devonport Fleet Maintenance Base and parent ship of 2nd Sub Sqdn
1973Spartan (S105)Ordered from Vickers, Barrow by Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore after launch of HMS Soverign.
1973Sovereign (S108)Launched

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