HMS Auriga (P419)

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The Royal Navy during the Second World War A28035.jpg
Auriga after launching
History
United Kingdom
Name: Auriga
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 7 June 1944
Launched: 29 March 1945
Commissioned: 12 January 1946
Identification: Pennant number P419
Fate: Sold to be broken up for scrap on 14 November 1974. Scrapped at Newport in February 1975.
General characteristics
Class and type: Amphion-class submarine
Displacement: 1,360/1,590 tons (surface/submerged)
Length: 293 ft 6 in (89.46 m)
Beam: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Draught: 18 ft 1 in (5.51 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,150 hp (1,600 kW) Admiralty ML 8-cylinder diesel engine, 2 × 625 hp (466 kW) electric motors for submergence driving two shafts
Speed:
  • 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph) surfaced
  • 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 11 knots (20 km/h) surfaced
  • 16 nautical miles (30 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 350 ft (110 m)
Complement: 5 officers 55 enlisted
Armament:

HMS Auriga (P419), was an Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Vickers Armstrong and launched 29 March 1945.[1]

Design[edit]

Auriga had a displacement of 1,360 long tons (1,380 t) when at the surface and 1,590 long tons (1,620 t) while submerged. It had a total length of 293 ft 6 in (89.46 m), a beam of 22 feet 4 inches (6.81 m), and a draught of 18 feet 1 inch (5.51 m). The submarine was powered by two Admiralty ML eight-cylinder diesel engines generating 2,150 horsepower (1,600 kW) each. Four electric motors each producing 625 horsepower (466 kW) drove two shafts.[2] It could carry a maximum of 219 long tons (223 t) of diesel, although it usually carried between 159 and 165 long tons (162 and 168 t).[2]

The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h) and a submerged speed of 8 knots (15 km/h).[3] When submerged, it could operate at 3 knots (5.6 km/h) for 90 nautical miles (170 km) or at 8 knots (15 km/h) for 16 nautical miles (30 km). Surfaced, it could travel 15,200 nautical miles (28,200 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) or 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 11 knots (20 km/h).[2] Armament was ten 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, one QF 4 inch naval gun Mk XXIII, one Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, and a .303 British Vickers machine gun. Its torpedo tubes were fitted to the bow and stern, and it could carry twenty torpedoes. Its complement was sixty-one crew members.[2]

Service history[edit]

In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[4] In March 1961, the submarine was among the vessels that took part in a combined naval exercise with the United States Navy off Nova Scotia.[5] Auriga departed Canada on 25 April 1961 after completing an 18-month tour with the Sixth Submarine Division at Halifax, Nova Scotia.[6]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander J A L Wilkinson DSC RN
1964 1966 Lieutenant-Commander J L Round-Turner RN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agriga". Uboat.net. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Akermann, Paul (1 November 2002). Encyclopedia of British Submarines 1901-1955. Periscope Publishing Ltd. p. 422. ISBN 978-1-904381-05-1. 
  3. ^ "Acheron class". World Naval Ships, Cranston Fine Arts. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15 June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  5. ^ "A/S Exercise Off Nova Scotia". The Crowsnest. Vol. 13 no. 6. Queen's Printer. April 1961. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "Auriga Returns to United Kingdom". The Crowsnest. Vol. 13 no. 7. Queen's Printer. May 1961. p. 3. 

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