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On This Day - December 4

1906C14Laid Down
1913W2Laid Down
1916M3Laid Down
1918HMCS CC-1HMCS CC-1 paid off Halifax NS.
19281903 - 1946: Ambrose (F08)Paid off into the Maintenance Reserve at Rosyth on 4 December 1928.
1939Salmon (N65)The German submarine U-36 was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea south-west of Kristiansand,Norway, by a torpedo from the British submarine HMS Salmon.
1941Trusty (N45)HMS Trusty makes a torpedo attack on Italian torpedo boat Orsa west of Zakynthos island, Greece. All torpedoes missed.
1941Truculent (P315)Laid Down
1942Traveller (N48)HMS Traveller sunk

On 28th November HMS Traveller was carrying out a reconnaissance patrol of the coast of Taranto as part of operation Portcullis (an attack on Italian battleships in Taranto Harbour using chariots) The submarine did not return from the operation and was probably mined on or about 4th December.
1942Seraph (P219)HMS Seraph fires 4 torpedoes against a convoy about 20 nautical miles west of Marettimo Island, Italy, missing the German transport ship Ankara.
1944Shalimar (P242)HMS Shalimar sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.
1969Revenge (S27)Completed
1987Victorious (S29)Laid Down
2009Trafalgar (S107)Decommissioned. The first vessel of her class to be taken out of service.

Trafalgar became the ninth decommissioned submarine to be stored in Plymouth while an ongoing MoD study decides how to dispose of them.
2016Audacious (S122)Naming ceremony held in the Devonshire Dock Hall at Barrow where Audacious is officially named by her sponsor Lady Elizabeth Jones
Lastest Comments
08.11.21 on page The History Of British Submarine Sonars
Stephan Timbers wrote:
    To David Parry and the people involved in rnsubs Thank you so much for this article. The technological evolution of active & passive Sonar/ASDIC is still very much unknown and comprehensive data inaccessible to the public. Your report helps to shed light on the matter from a RN perspective. T...
20.10.21 on page Building X Craft Submarines
Gary Maughan wrote:
    My father was an ERA, testing the re-breath system for divers in Scotland, and apparently was redeployed for a secret mission, we believe to be onboard one of the x craft at D-Day. His name was Ron Maughan, I have a picture of him standing with Fraser and Maginness....
05.10.21 on page Tetrarch (N77)
ken carroll wrote:
    Thank you. My uncle McKenna Tom Northover went down with HMS Tetrarch. I have the various regrets from the King , "mentioned in dispatches" etc that my Aunt gave me before she died. A sad part of history, he was 28 years old....
09.09.21 on page K13
Sandra Smith wrote:
    Many thanks for the list of survivors of the K13 submarine. My husband's grandfather was a survivor of this incident. We have both searched the internet many times for a list of survivors, without success. Today I have spent over 3 hours searching and have stumbled on this web-site!...
31.08.21 on page G7
Mark Lyons wrote:
    My grandmother's brother lost his life in the sinking. John Duffy age 24. Good that you found his resting place. Thank you....