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Varangian (P61)

Built By: Vickers (Tyne)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: The Submarine was sold for scrap in June 1949 and was broken up by JJ King at Rosyth.

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HMS Varangian was ordered from Vickers on the Tyne on 12th July 1941 and was Laid Down on 23rd Dec 1941. She was launched on 4th April 1943 (some sources state 4th Mar 1943) and the Submarine was named by Winston Churchill. The submarine was completed on 10th July 1943.

The first Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Jeremy Nash who was appointed in Command on 30th March 1943. Working Up would have been conducted in the Clyde areas with at least one Work Up patrol in the North Sea.

Between 25th October and 7th Nov 1943 Varangian was patrolling off the Alten Fjord in Norway covering American naval vessels on the way to Russia. The Submarine suffered engine problems in November 1943 which put her out of action until repairs were completed.

A new Commanding Officer (Lt Stephen Forvargue) was appointed on 22nd Nov 1943. It is believed that, for the remainder of the war that the submarine was employed in the Norwegian sea covering Convoys. No information is available on any torpedo or gun attacks by Varangian.

Lt Geoffrey Gellie was appointed in Command on 15th May 1944 and was succeeded by Lt Anthony Sumption on 15th Aug 1944. Lt John Pope assumed Command on 26th June 1945.

HMS Varangian was Paid Off in October 1945 and was transferred to the Reserve Group at Lisahally, Northern Ireland in March 1946.

The Submarine was sold for scrap in June 1949 and was broken up by JJ King at Rosyth.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allerton, Kenneth  Able Seaman  P/JX 15765    20
Allinson, Joseph William  Able Seaman  C/JX 15696    21
Andrews, William Charles  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 92171    22
Aries, William Ronald  Able Seaman  C/JX 15951    20
Berry, Walter William Palmer  Leading Signalman  D/JX 15121    22
Bettany, Abraham  Able Seaman  D/JX 28788    21
Bridger, John Stirling  Lieutenant      26
Commanding Officer
Coffee, Joseph William  Able Seaman  C/SSX 3025    22
Coulthard, Robert George  Telegraphist  C/JX 16642    19
Cowlam, Geoffrey Vincent  Petty Officer  C/JX 12531    32
Cowlam, Geoffrey Vincent C/JX DoB 11/05/1910 Age 32 CWGC has Age 38
Dodson, Thomas  Leading Stoker  P/KX 76011    35
Dowde, Thomas George  Leading Stoker  C/KX 94284    23
Earles, Ronald Sidney  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 2086    23
Ebel, Mark Vincent  Lieutenant (RNVR)    GM  22
Firth, James  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 14675    23
Fox, Aubrey Frank  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 2136    23
Frappell, Leonard George  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 14794    18
Hickley, James Henry  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Higgs, John William  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 33061    19
Hinds, Alfred Charles  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/J 104901  DSM  36
Hutchison, Joseph William  Able Seaman  P/JX 15304    22
Jacobs, Leslie Derick  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 14521    23
Jakins, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 11087    23
Jones, Cyril Ernest  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 85368    27
Menzies, Charles James  Able Seaman  D/JX 30527    20
Miller, Ernest Foster  Able Seaman  D/JX 21298    25
Moss, Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 79667    21
Oxley, George  Telegraphist  D/JX 23003    43
Phillips, John Henry Ronald  Petty Officer  P/JX 14633    28
Portman, John Maurice Berkeley  Lieutenant      21
Revington, Frank  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 35512    18
Shepherd, Harold  Able Seaman  C/JX 18709    27
Shepherd, Herbert Walter John  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  D/M 37021    35
Stanton, William Henry  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 13609    19
Stapleton, Ronald Roy  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 33776    19
Williams, William  Able Seaman  D/JX 29121    21
Wood, David John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 13736    20


04-03-1941 : Launched
23-12-1941 : Laid Down
10-07-1943 : Completed


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