HMS Taurus (P399)
HNLMS Dolfijn, ex HMS Taurus
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong, Barrow|
|Laid down:||30 September 1941|
|Launched:||27 June 1942|
|Commissioned:||3 November 1942|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 4 June 1948|
|Commissioned:||4 June 1948|
|Decommissioned:||7 December 1953|
|Fate:||returned to Royal Navy on 7 December 1953|
|Recommissioned:||8 December 1953|
|Fate:||Scrapped April 1960|
|Class and type:||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|
As HMS Taurus
The submarine was laid down on 30 September 1941, and launched on 27 June 1942. Taurus was commissioned on 3 November 1942 with the pennant number P399. She served in the Mediterranean and the Pacific Far East during the Second World War. Whilst serving in the Mediterranean, she sank the small French merchant Clairette, the Spanish merchant Bartolo, the Italian merchant Derna, the French tug Ghrib and two barges, the Portuguese Santa Irene , the small Italian tanker Alcione C., the Italian sailing vessel Luigi, twenty eight Greek sailing vessels, and the small Greek ship Romano. She also damaged a further two sailing ships and the Greek merchant Konstantinos Louloudis.
She was transferred to the Far East to operate against the Japanese, where she sank the Japanese submarine I-34, two Japanese tugboats and a barge and the Japanese salvage vessel Hokuan I-Go. She also laid a number of mines, which damaged the Japanese submarine I-37 and sunk the Japanese transport ship Kasumi Maru.
As HNLMS Dolfijn
As HMS Taurus again
Dolfijn was recommissioned into the Royal Navy on 8 December 1953 and her name returned to the original HMS Taurus. She served for another seven years before being sold to be broken up for scrap in April 1960.
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