HMS Subtle (P251)

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HMS Subtle.jpg
HMS Subtle in April, 1944
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Subtle
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 1 February 1943
Launched: 27 January 1944
Commissioned: 16 April 1944
Fate: broken up in July 1959
General characteristics
Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 14.75 knots surfaced
eight knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
13 torpedoes
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine guns
Notes: Badge
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Subtle.

HMS Subtle was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was constructed by Cammell Laird and launched on 27 January 1944.

She survived the Second World War, spending the period between December 1944 and May 1945 with the Eastern Fleet. Here, she sank a Japanese coaster and six sailing vessels. Together with her sister, HMS Statesman, she helped in the tracking and sinking of the Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro.[1]

Subtle was finally sold off to be broken up in July 1959 in Charlestown.


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Coordinates: 7°28′N 94°56′E / 7.467°N 94.933°E / 7.467; 94.933