HMS H31

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Career
Name: HMS H31
Builder: Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 19 April 1917
Commissioned: 21 February 1919
Fate: Sunk, 24 December 1941
General characteristics
Class & type: H class submarine
Displacement: 423 long tons (430 t) surfaced
510 long tons (518 t) submerged
Length: 171 ft 0 in (52.12 m)
Beam: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 480 hp (358 kW) diesel engine
2 × 620 hp (462 kW) electric motors
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph) surfaced
9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 2,985 nmi (5,528 km) at 7.5 kn (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) surfaced
130 nmi (240 km) at 2 kn (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) submerged
Complement: 22
Armament: • 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes
• 8 × 21 inch torpedoes

HMS H31 was a British H class submarine built by Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 19 April 1917 and was commissioned on 21 February 1919.

HMS H31 survived until World War II . During the war, she took part in the operation to keep the German battleship Scharnhorst in Brest, France in November 1941 before the "Channel Dash" to German homeports in the company of Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen in February 1942. During the operation, H31 was sunk by unknown causes, but most believe she was mined in the Bay of Biscay on 24 December 1941.

References[edit]

  • Hutchinson, Robert. Submarines, War Beneath The Waves, From 1776 To The Present Day.