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On This Day - July 05

19021902 - 1939: PandoraLaunched as SS Seti
1929Otus (N92)Completed
1940Sahib (P212)Laid Down
1940Rorqual (N74)Lt Patrick Maule Kerr Griffiths, RN died at Devonport on Friday 5th July 1940.

In the early hours of Wednesday 3rd July 1940, all French Naval vessels at Plymouth were taken into Royal Navy control. The crew of the French Submarine Surcouf resisted the takeover and, in the confusion, he was shot, and he died later in hospital.
1941Tigris (N63)The Italian submarine Michele Bianchi is torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, France by the British submarine HMS Tigris.
1941Torbay (N79)The Italian submarine Jantina was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean south of Mykonos, Greece.
1942Safari (P211)HMS Safari damages the Italian merchant Tigrai with gunfire off the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia, Italy.
1943Untamed (P58)Untamed was salvaged on this day, she was refitted and named Vitality, returning to service in July 1944.
1944Sea Rover (P218)HMS Sea Rover sinks two Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire and scuttling charges off Penang.
1944Viking (P69)While on patrol in the Norwegian Sea, HMS Viking fires from 600 yards a four-torpedo spread at the German submarine U-965. The Germans saw the torpedo tracks and managed to avoid them.

A serving W/T aboard Viking at this time recalls that the topedoes fired "porpoised", allowing them to be seen by the crew of the U-boat, which then dived. He said they had no idea why the U-boat was on the surface as it evidently was not disabled. He also noted that the crew of the Viking weren't sorry they'd missed the other submariners.
1979Tireless (S88)Ordered from Vickers, Barrow

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