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Olympus (S12)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: O2
Fate: Olympus was sold to the Canadians in 1989 and was stationed as a nonoperational training boat in Halifax. The boat was never commissioned and was disposed of along with the other Canadian Oberon-class submarines in late 1990s.

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HMS Olympus was the sixth of the Oberon class and was named by Mrs R.H Wright, wife of Vice-Admiral R.H Wright CB, DCS, Flag Officer, Scotland.

It was not the smoothest launch ever seen at Barrow. For three minutes after she had been named the new boat refused to budge an inch on the slipway. A mechanical fault in the launching gear was to blame, levers operating the gear had jammed. It was thought to have been the first time this had happened at the Barrow yard.

The launch day saw Barrow shipyard playing host to three new boats with radically different means of propulsion. Olympus was of the traditional dieselelectric form but was keeping company with the nuclear-powered Dreadnought and with Excalibur which made use of high speed hydrogen peroxide propulsion.

Olympus was sold to the Canadians in 1989 and was stationed as a nonoperational training boat in Halifax. The boat was never commissioned and was disposed of along with the other Canadian Oberon class submarines in late 1990s. Canadian naval officials looked for buyers and at one stage it was hoped Olympus might return to Barrow as a museum exhibit.

Events

04-03-1960 : Laid Down
14-06-1961 : Launched
15-08-1989 : HMS Olympus sold to Canada as a pierside training craft for Halifax
12-10-2011 : There was a fire inside the Olympus submarine at Port Maitland's Marine Recycling Corp. About 10 workers had to evacuate the vessel. To took firefighters 24 hours to put the fire out.
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