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Unruffled (P46)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Grp2
Fate: Scrapped in January 1946 at Troon.

ex P6

HMS Unruffled, under the command of Lieut. J. S. Stevens, served in the Mediterranean theatre of operations from the summer of 1942 until December 1943. She formed part of the 10th flotilla which fought the most concentrated submarine battle in history from the beleaguered island of Malta.

She completed 19 war patrols and sank 10 enemy ships totalling 40,000 tons.

She severely damaged the heavyItalian cruiser Attilio Regolo, blowing off her bows with a torpedo strike, leaving her unable to participate further in he war.

HMS Unruffled took part in the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 as a beacon marker for assault craft. On other occasions she was involved in under cover operations, including those against Cephalonia inAugust 1943, and transporting two man chariot attacks. Lieut. Stevens was awarded the DSO and DSC for these operations and survived the war. The supreme allied commander, General Eisenhower, described him after one attack as 'The maddest captain in the navy'. Lieut. Stevens died in 1992.

HMS Unruffled's crew suffered no combat fatalities during the war.

Unruffled acquired a cat called Timoshenko (named after the successful Russian general), who sailed on all her wartime patrols.


Events

25-02-1941 : Laid Down
19-12-1941 : Launched
21-02-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Baalbeck about 18 nautical miles east-south-east of Cape Bon, Tunisia.
09-04-1942 : Completed
20-09-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Vichy-French merchant Liberia about 7 nautical miles north-east of Mahdia, Tunisia.
21-09-1942 : At 0105 hours HMS Unruffled sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper N 10/Aquila with gunfire off the Tunisian coast 8 nautical miles bearing 040 from Mehedia.
22-09-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Leonardo Palomba about 25 nautical miles east of Sousse, Tunisia.
11-10-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Una 4 nautical miles bearing 190 of Isola di Capri.
13-10-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Loreto (130 POW's aboard were lost) 4 nautical miles off Cape Gallo, Sicily, Italy.
07-11-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and damages the Italian light cruiser Attilio Regolo off Cape San Vito, Sicily. Unruffled could not finish off the ship since they ran out of torpedoes.
23-11-1942 : HMS Unruffled attacks the Italian submarine Antonio Sciesa with torpedoes off Buerat, Libya. All torpedoes miss.
14-12-1942 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Castelverde about 30 nautical miles north-north-west of Cape Bon, Tunisia.
15-12-1942 : HMS Unruffled sinks the Italian merchant Sant'Antioco about 35 nautical miles north-north-west of Cape Bon, Tunisia.
23-01-1943 : HMS Unruffled sinks the Italian sailing vessel Amabile Carolina off Hammamet, Tunisia.
25-01-1943 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Teodolinda off Hammamet, Tunisia.
26-01-1943 : HMS Unruffled sinks the Italian naval auxiliary Z 90/Redentore with gunfire 4 nautical miles off Hammamet, Tunisia
31-01-1943 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Lisboa about 5 nautical miles north of Sousse, Tunisia.
03-06-1943 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the French tanker Henri Desprez (9895 GRT) about 70 nautical miles north-east of Messina.
01-08-1943 : HMS Unruffled attackes the Italian merchant Citta di Catania with a torpedo off Bridisi, Italy. The torpedo misses.
03-08-1943 : HMS Unruffled sinks Italian merchantman Citta di Catania
27-08-1943 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Cittą di Spezia 40 nautical miles off Brindisi, Italy.
03-10-1943 : HMS Unruffled attacks the small German minesweeper R 212 with torpedoes off Bastia, Corsica, France nut misses.
05-10-1943 : HMS Unruffled torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Pommern off Bastia.


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