HMS Sterlet (2S)
|Laid down:||14 July 1936|
|Launched:||22 September 1937|
|Commissioned:||6 April 1938|
|Identification:||Pennant number 2S|
|Fate:||Sunk 18 April 1940|
|Class and type:||S-class submarine|
|Length:||208 ft 9 in (63.63 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Complement:||39 officers and men|
HMS Sterlet was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 22 September 1937 and fought in the Second World War. Sterlet is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named Sterlet.
On 8 April 1940 Sterlet left for a patrol in the Skagerrak, off Norway under the command of Lt. Gerard Henry Stacpoole Haward. Four days later she unsuccessfully attacked a convoy of three merchant ships and a destroyer. The following day she was assigned a new patrol area and on 14 April torpedoed the German gunnery training ship Brummer, leading to her sinking the following day.
She was possibly sunk by the German anti submarine trawlers UJ-125, UJ-126 and UJ-128 on 18 April. Alternatively, she may have struck a mine whilst returning to port.
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