HMS Repulse (S23)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Repulse.
HMS Repulse (S23) in the Firth of Clyde c1979
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Repulse
Ordered: May 1963
Builder: Vickers Shipbuilding Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 12 March 1965
Launched: 4 November 1967
Commissioned: 28 September 1968
Decommissioned: 28 August 1996
Status: Stored at Rosyth, awaiting disposal
Badge: Ships crest of HMS Repulse (S23).jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Resolution-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacement: surfaced 7,500 tons; submerged 8,400 tons.
Length: 425 ft (130 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)
Propulsion: 1 × Vickers/Rolls-Royce PWR.1 pressurised-water nuclear reactor, 27,500 shp (20,500 kW); Propeller.
Speed: surface - 20 kn (37 km/h); submerged - 25 kn (46 km/h)
Range: Unlimited except by food supplies
Complement: 123 per crew (two crews port and starboard)

HMS Repulse (S23) was a Resolution-class ballistic missile submarine of the Royal Navy.

HMS Repulse was one of two Resolution-class ballistic missile submarines ordered from Vickers-Armstrongs on 8 May 1963, with a further two ordered from Cammell Laird the same day. Repulse was laid down at Vickers Armstrongs' Barrow-in-Furness shipyard on 12 March 1965 and was launched on 4 November 1967.[1] She commissioned on 28 September 1968.[2] She was the last of her class remaining in service with the navy, decommissioning in 1996.

Repulse was the third Polaris Missile submarine of the Resolution class to be planned; HMS Renown was the second. Due to delays with Renown's build at Cammell Laird's Birkenhead shipyard, the Barrow-in-Furness Vickers built Repulse overtook Renown and was commissioned second of class. Repulse famously ran aground on launch, much to the delight of the CND protesters and was subsequently "blacked" by the shipyard unions. She survived all of these setbacks to become the longest-serving Polaris submarine.


  1. ^ Blackman 1971, p. 335.
  2. ^ Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p. 531.
  • Blackman, Raymond V.B. Jane's Fighting Ships 1971–72. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. ISBN 0-354-00096-9. 
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen, eds. (1995). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. 

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