HMS Finwhale (S05)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Finwhale
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Launched: 21 July 1959
Fate: Scrapped in 1988
General characteristics
Class and type: Porpoise class submarine
Displacement: 2,080 tons surfaced
2,450 tons submerged
Length: 290 ft (88 m)
Beam: 26 ft 7 in (8.10 m)
Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Admiralty Standard range diesel generators, 1,650 hp (1.230 MW)
2 × English Electric main motors, 12,000 hp (8.95 MW)
2 shafts
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h) surfaced
17 kn (31 km/h)submerged
Range: 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Complement: 71
Armament: 8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 bow, 2 stern
30 × Mk8 or Mk23 torpedoes, later the Mark 24 Tigerfish

HMS Finwhale (S05) was the fifth Porpoise class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 21 July 1959 and first commissioned on 19 August 1960.

Operational Service[edit]

During her first commission she went further under the ice than any other submarine at the time. She was recommissioned on 27 January 1964. In March 1965 on her second Arctic patrol she further eclipsed her first ice patrol, penetrating 95 miles into the ice. She was present at Portsmouth Navy Days in 1965 and 1966.[1][2]

While in the Far East she was fitted with an oerlikon deck gun.[3]

She was used as a harbour training vessel between 1979 and 1987. She left under tow for scrapping in Spain on 28 March 1988. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named after the Fin Whale.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1961 1963
1965 1966 Lieutenant Commander C J Ringrose-Voase RN
1969 1971 Lieutenant Commander J F T Sam Salt RN[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, 28–30 August 1965, HMSO, p15
  2. ^ Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, 27–29 August 1966, HMSO, p19
  3. ^ Tall, J.J; Paul Kemp (1996). HM Submarines in Camera An Illustrated History of British Submarines. Sutton Publishing. pp. 166–167. ISBN 0-7509-0875-0. 
  4. ^ Sam Salt's Obituary - The Daily Telegraph

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