HMS Tactician (P314)
HMS Tactician in 1953
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong, Barrow|
|Laid down:||13 November 1941|
|Launched:||29 July 1942|
|Commissioned:||29 November 1942|
|Fate:||Scrapped December 1963|
|Class and type:||British T class submarine|
|Length:||276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced|
|Test depth:||300 ft (91 m) max|
Tactician served in the Mediterranean and the Far East during her wartime career. Whilst operating against the Italians, she sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V17 / Pia and the Italian sailing vessel Bice. She also torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Rosandra off the coast of Albania. The ship sank the following day.
On being transferred to the Pacific, commanded by Lt. Cdr. Anthony Collett, DSC, she continued to harass enemy shipping, sinking a small Japanese vessel and two Siamese sailing vessels before the end of the war. She took part in Operation Cockpit, where she rescued a downed US airman, Lt. D. C. Klahn, under fire.
A Pathe newsreel dated 1952 shows Tactician taking part in an exercise in the Sea of Japan. In it, the submarine is seen diving.
Tactician survived the war and continued in service with the navy, finally being scrapped at Newport on 6 December 1963.
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