HMS Taciturn (P314)

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HMS Taciturn
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Taciturn
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow
Belliss and Morcom Ltd.
Laid down: 9 March 1943
Launched: 7 June 1944
Commissioned: 8 October 1944
Fate: Scrapped August 1971
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General characteristics
Class and type: British T class submarine
Displacement: 1,290 tons surfaced
1,560 tons submerged
Length: 276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)
Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Draught: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward
14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft
Propulsion: Two shafts

Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each

Twin electric motors 1,450 hp (1.08 MW) each
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced
9 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced
Test depth: 300 ft (91 m) max
Complement: 61
Armament: 6 internal forward-facing torpedo tubes

2 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
2 external amidships rear-facing torpedo tubes
1 external rear-facing torpedo tubes
6 reload torpedoes
4 inch (100 mm) deck gun

3 anti aircraft machine guns

HMS Taciturn was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. She was built as P314 by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and Belliss and Morcom Ltd., and launched on 7 June 1944. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Taciturn.


Taciturn served in the Far East for much of her wartime career, where she sank a Japanese air warning picket hulk (this was the hulk of the salvaged former Dutch submarine K XVIII), the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 105, and a Japanese sailing vessel. On 1 August 1945, Taciturn, in company with HMS Thorough, attacked Japanese shipping and shore targets off northern Bali. Taciturn sank two Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire.

She survived the war and continued in service with the Navy, becoming the first ship of the class to undergo the 'Super T' conversion. She was sold to Thomas W. Ward Ltd and scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 8 August 1971.[1]


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