HMS Rorqual (S02)

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HMS Rorqual (S02)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Rorqual
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness
Launched: 5 December 1956
Fate: Arrived for scrapping on 5 May 1977
General characteristics
Class and type: Porpoise-class submarine
  • 2,080 tons surfaced
  • 2,450 tons submerged
Length: 290 ft (88 m)
Beam: 26 ft 7 in (8.10 m)
Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)
  • 2 × Admiralty Standard range diesel generators, 1,650 hp (1.230 MW)
  • 2 × English Electric main motors, 12,000 hp (8.95 MW)
  • 2 shafts
  • 12 kn (22 km/h) surfaced
  • 17 kn (31 km/h)submerged
Range: 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Complement: 71

HMS Rorqual (S02) was a Porpoise-class submarine launched in 1956. She was built by the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The boat was named for both the rorqual, a family of whale, and the earlier Second World War-era submarine of the same name.

In 1958, Rorqual experienced a fire. In 1963, she was caught in a trawler's net. An explosion in 1966 killed one junior rate and injured the chief of the watch, who died ashore at Inhambane, Rorqual was off the coast of Mozambique en route to Singapore. In 1969, Rorqual rammed a moored minesweeper, USS Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier in Subic Bay, Philippines. The collision punched a large hole in Endurance's hull but did not damage Rorqual. At the time of the incident, Rorqual was commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gavin Menzies who retired the following year and later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.

Rorqual won the SOCA Efficiency trophy in 1973.

Rorqual arrived at the Laira breaker's yard near Plymouth on 5 May 1977. She was broken up by Davies & Cann.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1965 1966 Lieutenant Commander J B Wallace RN
1973 1974 Lieutenant Commander A T Lightoller RN
1974 1976 Cdre Jonathan Gervaise Fitzpatrick Cooke OBE RN


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