HMS Token (P328)

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HMS Token.jpg
HMS Token in October 1946
History
United Kingdom
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: 6 November 1941
Launched: 19 March 1943
Commissioned: 15 December 1945
Fate: Scrapped 1970
Badge: TOKEN badge-1-.jpg
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
  • nine 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:
  • Six internal forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • two external forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • two external amidships rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • one external rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • six reload torpedoes
  • 4 inch (100 mm) deck gun
  • three anti-aircraft machine guns

HMS Token was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. She was built as P328 at Portsmouth Dockyard, and launched on 19 March 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Token.

Operational Service[edit]

Commissioned into service after the end of the Second World War, on 3 September 1945, she had a relatively peaceful career with the Navy. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

She was modernised at Devonport Dockyard in 1955. Her career was spent on the Home Station and in the Mediterranean, re-fitting at Malta. In 1965 she was part of the 1st Submarine Squadron in Portsmouth, providing basic training to submarines crews. In that year she took part in Portsmouth 'Navy Days'.[2]

She was finally scrapped at Cairn Ryan in March 1970.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  2. ^ Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days 1965, HMSO, p20
  3. ^ HMS Token, Uboat.net

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