HMS Ocelot (S17)

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HMS Ocelot in drydock at Chatham Dockyard
History
United Kingdom
Name: Ocelot
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 17 November 1960
Launched: 5 May 1962
Commissioned: 31 January 1964
Decommissioned: August 1991
Status: Preserved as a museum vessel
General characteristics as designed
Class and type: Oberon-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 1,610 tons standard
  • 2,030 tons full load surfaced
  • 2,410 tons full load submerged
Length:
Beam: 26.5 feet (8.1 m)
Draught: 18 feet (5.5 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Admiralty Standard Range 16 VMS diesel generators
  • 2 × 6,000 shaft horsepower (4,500 kW) electric motors
  • 2 shafts
Speed:
  • 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) submerged
  • 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
Complement: 68 (6 officers, 62 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 186 and Type 187 sonars
  • I-band surface search radar
Armament:
  • 8 × 21-inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes (6 forward, 2 aft)
  • 24 torpedoes

HMS Ocelot (S17) was an Oberon-class diesel-electric submarine operated by the Royal Navy.

Design and construction[edit]

The Oberon class was a direct follow on of the Porpoise-class, with the same dimensions and external design, but updates to equipment and internal fittings, and a higher grade of steel used for fabrication of the pressure hull.[1]

As designed for British service, the Oberon-class submarines were 241 feet (73 m) in length between perpendiculars and 295.2 feet (90.0 m) in length overall, with a beam of 26.5 feet (8.1 m), and a draught of 18 feet (5.5 m).[2] Displacement was 1,610 tons standard, 2,030 tons full load when surfaced, and 2,410 tons full load when submerged.[2] Propulsion machinery consisted of 2 Admiralty Standard Range 16 VMS diesel generators, and two 6,000 shaft horsepower (4,500 kW) electric motors, each driving a 7 feet (2.1 m) 3-bladed propeller at up to 400 rpm.[2] Top speed was 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) when submerged, and 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) on the surface.[2] Eight 21-inch (530 mm) diameter torpedo tubes were fitted (six facing forward, two aft), with a total payload of 24 torpedoes.[2] The boats were fitted with Type 186 and Type 187 sonars, and an I-band surface search radar.[2] The standard complement was 68: 6 officers, 62 sailors.[2]

Ocelot was laid down by Chatham Dockyard on 17 November 1960, and launched on 5 May 1962.[2] The boat was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 31 January 1964.[2] Ocelot was the last submarine built for the Royal Navy at Chatham Dockyard, although three more Oberons; Ojibwa, Onondaga and Okanagan—were built for the Royal Canadian Navy.[citation needed]

Operational history[edit]

After commissioning, Ocelot was assigned to the 3rd Submarine Squadron, based at HMNB Clyde, in Faslane.

During the 1960s, Ocelot took part in clandestine missions.[3] Ocelot attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead when she was part of the Submarine Flotilla.[4]

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

HMS Ocelot was paid off in August 1991 as the conventional submarine fleet of the RN began to decline, making way for the nuclear fleet. She was sold in 1992 and preserved as a fully tourable museum in Chatham Historic Dockyard.

In November 2013 the interior of HMS Ocelot was added to Google Street View[5][6] by Google Business Photos[7] Agency, CInsideMedia Ltd.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chant, Christopher (2005). Submarine Warfare Today: The World's Deadliest Underwater Weapons Systems. Wigston: Silverdale Books. ISBN 1-84509-158-2. OCLC 156749009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Moore, John, ed. (1977). Jane's Fighting Ships 1977-78. Jane's Fighting Ships (80th ed.). London: Jane's Yearbooks. p. 490. ISBN 0531032779. OCLC 18207174. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - Life on a British Cold War submarine". BBC Online. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO
  5. ^ "Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine". theregister.co.uk. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Google Street View". Google. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Google Business Photos". Google. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Google Street View goes inside British Submarine, HMS Ocelot (S17)". cinsidemedia.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 

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