HMS P556

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Career
Name: HMS P556
Builder: Bethlehem Steel
Laid down: 17 April 1919
Launched: 9 November 1922
Acquired: 5 June 1942
Decommissioned: 24 January 1947
Fate: Scrapped 1947
General characteristics
Displacement: 640 long tons (650 t) surfaced
935 long tons (950 t) submerged
Length: 202 ft 6 in (61.72 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Speed: 13.75 kn (15.82 mph; 25.47 km/h) surfaced
10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) submerged
Complement: 36
Armament: • 6 × 21 in (533 mm) forward torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
• 1 × .303-calibre machine gun

HMS P556 (pennant number P556), was a S1-class submarine of the British Royal Navy. She was formerly known as USS S-29.

USS S-29 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London on 5 June 1942. She arrived at Gibraltar, via Bermuda, in August 1942 to refit, nominally as part of the 8th Flotilla. She moved to Plymouth in February 1943, for an anti-submarine training role. In November 1943, she moved to Portsmouth for service in the same role.

HMS P556 was damaged by a battery explosion on 27 January 1944, and was decommissioned into the reserve in April. She was returned to the United States Navy on 26 January 1945. She was sold for scrap to Messrs Pounds, Portsmouth on 24 January 1947.

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