HMS Ambush (P418)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Ambush.
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Ordered: Very late in World War II
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 17 May 1945
Launched: 24 September 1945
Commissioned: 22 July 1947
Decommissioned: November 1967
Fate: Sold to be broken up for scrap on 24 June 1971. Scrapped at Inverkeithing in July 1971.[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,360/1,590 tons (surface/submerged)
Length: 293 ft 6 in (89.46 m)
Beam: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Draught: 18 ft 1 in (5.51 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,150 hp Admiralty ML 8-cylinder diesel engine, 2 × 625 hp electric motors for submergence driving two shafts
Speed: 18.5/8 knots (surface/submerged)
Range: 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 11 knots (20 km/h) surfaced
16 nautical miles (30 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h) or 90 nautical miles (170 km) at 3 knots (6 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 350 ft (110 m)
Complement: 5 officers 55 enlisted
Armament: 6 × 21" (2 external)bow torpedo tube, 4 × 21" (2 external) stern torpedo tube, containing a total of 20 torpedoes
Mines: 26
1 × 4" main deck gun, 3 × 0.303 machine gun, 1 × 20 mm AA Oerlikon 20 mm gun

HMS Ambush (P418), was an Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Vickers Armstrong and launched 24 September 1945.

In 1948 she took part in trials of the Schnorkel.[2]

In 1951 she heard and decoded a distress message from HMS Affray, which was sunk with the ultimate loss of all 75 hands.[3] In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[4]

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Following decommissioning, she was sold to T W Ward and arrived at Inverkeithing for breaking up on the 5 July 1971.[5]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1947 1948 Lieutenant-Commander G E Hunt RN
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander W T J Fox RN
1959 1962 Lieutenant-Commander John Hervey RN
1965 1966 Lieutenant-Commander P F Grenier RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475. 
  2. ^ http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Ops-Events1946-50.htm
  3. ^ http://www.submariners.co.uk/Dits/Articles/disaster.php
  4. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  5. ^ Warlow, Ben Lt Commander, Channel Sweep, (Maritime Books,Liskeard), p7 ISBN 0-907771-40-8

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