List of submarines of the Royal Navy

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This is a list of Royal Navy submarines, arranged chronologically.

Petro-electric submarines[edit]

HMS Holland 1, the first submarine to serve in the Royal Navy
A class submarines, the first British-designed class

Pre-Second World War[edit]

HMS G9 at Scapa Flow in 1917
HMS M2 with her sea plane
HMS Thorn

Second World War to mid-1950s[edit]

HMS Alliance at Gosport (where she is now part of the submarine museum) in 1987
HMS Voracious in 1945

Late 1950s to late 1980s[edit]

From HMS Porpoise Royal Navy submarines were given their own "S" pennant numbers.

A Valiant-class nuclear submarine. Whilst HMS Dreadnought had an American reactor, these were fully British-built
HMS Tireless at the North Pole

1990s to present[edit]

HMS Astute being launched

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jim Dorschner (27 May 2009). "Special Delivery". Janes Defence Weekly, Vol. 46, Issue 21: 28.