HMS Aeneas (P427)

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Amphion-class submarine HMS Aeneas (P427/S72)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Aeneas (P427)
Namesake: Aeneas
Builder: Cammell Laird
Laid down: 10 October 1944
Launched: 25 October 1945
Commissioned: 31 July 1946
Fate: Scrapped, 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: Amphion-class submarine

HMS Aeneas (P427) was a British Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Cammell Laird and launched 9 October 1945.[1] It was named after the hero Aeneas from Greek mythology.

Service history[edit]

Aeneas took part in the Coronation Review of the Fleet to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.[2]

Aeneas played the part of the M1 submarine in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice.

In 1972 Aeneas was hired by Vickers for use in what proved to be successful trials of the Submarine-Launched Airflight Missile (SLAM) system, an anti aircraft system using a cluster of four Shorts Blowpipe missiles on an extendable mast, allowing attacks against low flying aircraft while the submarine was at periscope depth.

Aeneas was broken up in 1974.

On 26 September 2012 DNCS at the company's Le Mourillon plant announced plans to design and build a submarine canister-based air defence weapon based on MBDA's Mistral. The concept is based on the British SLAM, Submarine Launched Airflight Missile[i] which was based on the Blowpipe developed by Vickers in the 1970s, and used on HMS Aeneas.[3]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1948 1949 Lieutenant P T Miles RN
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander D C R Walters RN
1956 1957 Lieutenant-Commander J B Hervey RN
1965 1966 Lieutenant-Commander J W A Greig RN
1969 1971 Lieutenant-Commander R D Hunter RN


  1. ^ Not to be confused with the American SLAM Stand off Land Attack Missile
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  2. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15 June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  3. ^ Janes International Defence Review Vol 45 France revives hard-kill submarine defences, page XIV

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