HMS Sanguine (P266)

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HMS Sanguine
Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Sanguine
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 10 January 1944
Launched: 15 February 1945
Commissioned: 13 May 1945
Out of service: Sold to Israeli Navy in 1958
Renamed: Rahav March 1959
Fate: Cannibalised for spares for Tanin, 1968
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General characteristics
  • 814-872 tons surfaced
  • 990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
  • 14.75 knots surfaced
  • 8 knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
  • 6 × forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
  • 13 torpedoes
  • one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
  • one 20 mm cannon
  • three .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Sanguine[edit]

HMS Sanguine was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 15 February 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sanguine.

Built as the Second World War was drawing to a close, she did not see much action. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Israeli Navy as Rahav[edit]

Sanguine was sold to the Israeli Navy in 1958 and renamed Rahav in March 1959, after the mythical sea-monster Rahab. Not operational during the Six-Day War she was retired in 1968 and cannibalised for spare parts for Tanin, formerly HMS Springer, Rahav's sister ship which did see combat in 1967.


A Gal-class submarine named Rahav served from 1977 to 1997. The Dolphin-class submarine INS Rahav was delivered 29 April 2013 to the Israeli Navy.


  1. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden