HMS Rorqual (S02)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Launched:||5 December 1956|
|Fate:||Arrived for scrapping on 5 May 1977|
|Class & type:||Porpoise class submarine|
|Displacement:||2,080 tons surfaced
2,450 tons submerged
|Length:||290 ft (88 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 7 in (8.10 m)|
|Draught:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Admiralty Standard range diesel generators, 1,650 hp (1.230 MW)
2 × English Electric main motors, 12,000 hp (8.95 MW)
|Speed:||12 kn (22 km/h) surfaced
17 kn (31 km/h)submerged
|Range:||9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)|
|Armament:||8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 bow, 2 stern
30 × Mk8 or Mk23 torpedoes, later the Mark 24 Tigerfish
HMS Rorqual (S02) was a Porpoise-class submarine launched in 1956. She was built by the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The boat was named for both the rorqual, a family of whale, and the earlier Second World War-era submarine of the same name.
In 1958, Rorqual experienced a fire. In 1963, she was caught in a trawler's net. An explosion in 1966 killed one junior rate and injured the chief of the watch, who died ashore at Inhambane, Rorqual was off the coast of Mozambique en route to Singapore. In 1969, Rorqual rammed a moored minesweeper, USS Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier in Subic Bay, Philippines. The collision punched a large hole in Endurance's hull but did not damage Rorqual. At the time of the incident, Rorqual was commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gavin Menzies who retired the following year and later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.
Rorqual won the SOCA Efficiency trophy in 1973.
Rorqual arrived at the Laira breakers yard near Plymouth on 5 May 1977. She was broken up by Davies & Cann.
|1965||1966||Lieutenant Commander J B Wallace RN|
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Battleships-Cruisers.co.uk's page of photographs of Porpoise Class submarines
- Submariners Association -- Post-war Submarines