HMS Templar (P316)
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong, Barrow|
|Laid down:||28 December 1941|
|Launched:||26 October 1942|
|Commissioned:||15 February 1943|
|Fate:||sunk as target 1954, scrapped July 1959|
|Class and type:||British T class submarine|
|Displacement:||1,290 tons surfaced
1,560 tons submerged
|Length:||276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward
14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft
Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced
9 knots (20 km/h) submerged
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced|
|Test depth:||300 ft (91 m) max|
|Armament:||6 internal forward-facing torpedo tubes
2 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
HMS Templar was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. She was built as P316 by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, and launched on 26 October 1942. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Templar, probably after the crusading order, the Knights Templar.
Templar served in the Far East for much of her wartime career, where she sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tyokai Maru and laid mines. She torpedoed and damaged the Japanese light cruiser Kitakami, and attacked the German submarine U-1062 but missed her with torpedoes.
She survived the war and continued in service with the Navy, finally being used as a target and sunk in Loch Striven, Scotland in 1954. She was salvaged on 4 December 1958 and arrived at Troon, Scotland on 19 July 1959 to be scrapped.
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