HMS Amphion (P439)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Amphion.
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Ordered: Very late in World War II
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 14 November 1943
Launched: 31 August 1944
Commissioned: 27 March 1945
Fate: Sold to be broken up for scrap on 24 June 1971. Scrapped at Inverkeithing in July 1971.
Badge: Amphion badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: Amphion class
Type: submarine
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 kn (34.3 km/h) surface, 8 kn (15 km/h) submerged
Range: 10,500 nmi (19,400 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h) surfaced
16 nmi (30 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h) or 90 nmi (170 km) at 3 kn (5.6 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 Amphion (P439), was an Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Vickers Armstrong and launched 31 August 1944.[1]

HMS Amphion, later S-43, was the first of the class to be launched in August 1944. She was originally to be named as HMS Anchorite but their names were exchanged before launch.[citation needed]

Of the class, only Amphion and HMS Astute were completed before the end of the war, and neither were involved in hostilities. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander M T Hickie DSC RN 1962 1965 Lieutenant-Commander (Ahab) Andrews RN 1966 1967 Lieutenant-Commander C G Walker RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3622.html
  2. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15 June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden

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