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 & type:||Oberon-class submarine|
|Displacement:||2,030 tons surfaced
2,400 tons 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 inch 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).
- Bicentenary Celebrations
- Richards, Bill; Smith, Peter (December 2006). "Onslow's Jolly Roger". Signals (Australian National Maritime Museum) (77): 11. ISSN 1033-4688.
- Oliver, Sarah (2 April). "Return of the Triumph: With the skull and crossbones flying defiantly at its mast, submarine that launched attack on Gaddafi comes home". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "18 January 1994". Jeremy Hanley, Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (United Kingdom: House of Commons). col. 506..
- "27 October 1994". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (United Kingdom: House of Commons). col. 739–740..