HMS Opossum (S19)
HMS Opossum returning to RN submarine base HMS Dolphin, Gosport, following combat operations in the Gulf War (1990–91)
|Builder:||Cammell Laird, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||21 December 1961|
|Launched:||23 May 1963|
|Commissioned:||5 June 1964|
|Fate:||Paid off for disposal|
|Class and type:||Oberon-class submarine|
|Displacement:||2,030 long tons (2,063 t) surfaced
2,400 long tons (2,439 t) submerged
|Length:||295 ft 3 in (89.99 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Draught:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 diesels 3,680 bhp (2,744 kW)
2 electric motors of 6,000 shp
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced
17 knots (31 km/h) submerged
|Range:||9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||68 (6 officers, 62 petty officers and ratings)|
|Armament:||8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (6 bow, 2 stern)|
Design and construction
Otus was deployed to the Persian Gulf during the 1991 Gulf War under Operation Granby. On her return to Gosport, she was flying a Jolly Roger; the only indication that the submarine had been involved in deploying and recovering Special Air Service and Special Boat Service personnel.
On 14 July 1993, Opossum (which was travelling on the surface at the time) collided with the fishing vessel Amber Rose off the coast of Scotland.
The HMS Opossum Association is the veterans association for those who served on HMS Opossum. The association's members include submariners, and earlier veterans who served on the sloop/frigate HMS Opossum (U33).
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