HMS Finwhale (S05)
|Builder:||Cammell Laird, Birkenhead|
|Launched:||21 July 1959|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1988|
|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)
|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)|
|Armament:||8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 bow, 2 stern
30 × Mk8 or Mk23 torpedoes, later the Mark 24 Tigerfish
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.
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.
|1965||1966||Lieutenant Commander C J Ringrose-Voase RN|
|1969||1971||Lieutenant Commander J F T Sam Salt RN|
- Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, 28–30 August 1965, HMSO, p15
- Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, 27–29 August 1966, HMSO, p19
- 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.
- Sam Salt's Obituary - The Daily Telegraph
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . 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.
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