British S class submarine (1931)
Overview
 
The S-class submarines of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
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 were originally designed and built during the modernisation of the submarine
Submarine
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 force in the early 1930s to meet the need for smaller boats to patrol the restricted waters of the North Sea
North Sea
In the southwest, beyond the Straits of Dover, the North Sea becomes the English Channel connecting to the Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it connects to the Baltic Sea via the Skagerrak and Kattegat, narrow straits that separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden respectively...

 and the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Anatolia and Europe, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant...

 replacing the British H class submarine
British H class submarine
The British H class submarines were Holland 602 type submarines used by the Royal Navy. The submarines constructed for the British Royal Navy between 1915 and 1919 were designed and built in response to German boats which mined British waters and sank coastal shipping with ease due to their small...

s. Due to major naval construction of the Royal Navy during the Second World War, however, the S class became the largest single group of submarines ever built for the Royal Navy; a total of 62 were constructed over a period of 15 years, with fifty of the "improved" S-class launched between 1940 and 1945.
The submarines operated in the waters around the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 and in the Mediterranean, and later in the Far East after being fitted with extra tankage.
After the war S class boats continued to serve in the Royal Navy until the 1960s.
Encyclopedia
The S-class submarines of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...

 were originally designed and built during the modernisation of the submarine
Submarine
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability...

 force in the early 1930s to meet the need for smaller boats to patrol the restricted waters of the North Sea
North Sea
In the southwest, beyond the Straits of Dover, the North Sea becomes the English Channel connecting to the Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it connects to the Baltic Sea via the Skagerrak and Kattegat, narrow straits that separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden respectively...

 and the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Anatolia and Europe, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant...

 replacing the British H class submarine
British H class submarine
The British H class submarines were Holland 602 type submarines used by the Royal Navy. The submarines constructed for the British Royal Navy between 1915 and 1919 were designed and built in response to German boats which mined British waters and sank coastal shipping with ease due to their small...

s. Due to major naval construction of the Royal Navy during the Second World War, however, the S class became the largest single group of submarines ever built for the Royal Navy; a total of 62 were constructed over a period of 15 years, with fifty of the "improved" S-class launched between 1940 and 1945.

Service

The submarines operated in the waters around the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 and in the Mediterranean, and later in the Far East after being fitted with extra tankage.
After the war S class boats continued to serve in the Royal Navy until the 1960s. The last operational boat in the Royal Navy was HMS Sea Devil
HMS Sea Devil (P244)
HMS Sea Devil was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched late in the Second World War, on 30 January 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sea Devil...

, launched in 1945 and scrapped in February 1966.

Several S-class submarines were sold on or lent to other navies:
  • Netherlands 1
  • Portugal 3
  • France 4
  • Israel 2.


A modified version was ordered by the Turkish navy in 1939 as the Oruc Reis class submarine
Oruç Reis class submarine
The Oruç Reis class submarines were ordered by the Turkish Navy from the British company Vickers in 1939. They were similar to the British S class submarines, but slightly smaller. They had the S class machinery but only four bow torpedo tubes...

.

Service losses

Of the twelve S-boats that were in service in 1939, only three survived to see the end of World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, a loss rate that inspired the song "Twelve Little S-Boats", based on a nursery rhyme
Nursery rhyme
The term nursery rhyme is used for "traditional" poems for young children in Britain and many other countries, but usage only dates from the 19th century and in North America the older ‘Mother Goose Rhymes’ is still often used.-Lullabies:...

 originally written by Septimus Winner
Septimus Winner
Septimus Winner is best known as a songwriter of the nineteenth century. He used his own name, and also the pseudonyms Alice Hawthorne, Percy Guyer, Mark Mason, Apsley Street, and Paul Stenton...

 in 1868.
Twelve little S-boats "go to it" like Bevin
Ernest Bevin
Ernest Bevin was a British trade union leader and Labour politician. He served as general secretary of the powerful Transport and General Workers' Union from 1922 to 1945, as Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition government, and as Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour Government.-Early...

,
Starfish
HMS Starfish (19S)
HMS Starfish was a Group one British S class submarine that was depth charged and sunk by a German minesweeper M7 at Heligoland Bight on 9 January 1940 during the Second World War. Her crew were captured....

 goes a bit too far — then there were eleven.
Eleven watchful S-boats doing fine and then
Seahorse
HMS Seahorse (98S)
HMS Seahorse was a group one British S class submarine that was lost at sea with all hands in Heligoland Bight, North Sea, probably on the 7 January 1940, during the Second World War....

 fails to answer — so there are ten.
Ten stocky S-boats in a ragged line,
Sterlet
HMS Sterlet (2S)
HMS Sterlet was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched 22 September 1937 and fought in the Second World War. Sterlet is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named Sterlet.On 8 April 1940 Sterlet left for a...

 drops and stops out — leaving us nine.
Nine plucky S-boats, all pursuing Fate,
Shark
HMS Shark (54S)
HMS Shark was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 31 May 1934 and fought in the Second World War. Shark is one of 12 boats named in the song "Twelve Little S-Boats"....

 is overtaken — now we are eight.
Eight sturdy S-boats, men from Hants
Hampshire
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 and Devon
Devon
Devon is a large county in southwestern England. The county is sometimes referred to as Devonshire, although the term is rarely used inside the county itself as the county has never been officially "shired", it often indicates a traditional or historical context.The county shares borders with...

,
Salmon
HMS Salmon (N65)
HMS Salmon was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on April 30, 1934, and fought in the Second World War. Salmon is one of 12 boats named in the song "Twelve Little S-Boats"....

 now is overdue — and so the number's seven.
Seven gallant S-boats, trying all their tricks,
Spearfish
HMS Spearfish (69S)
HMS Spearfish was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched April 21, 1936 and fought in World War II. Spearfish is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats...

 tries a newer one — down we come to six.
Six tireless S-boats fighting to survive,
No reply from Swordfish
HMS Swordfish (61S)
HMS Swordfish was a group one British S class submarine that was sunk on a combat patrol in the English Channel in November 1940 during the Second World War....

 — so we tally five.
Five scrubby S-boats, patrolling close inshore,
Snapper
HMS Snapper (39S)
HMS Snapper was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched October 25, 1934 and fought in World War II. Snapper is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats.-Career:...

 takes a short cut — now we are four.
Four fearless S-boats, too far out to sea,
Sunfish
HMS Sunfish (81S)
HMS Sunfish was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 30 September 1936 and fought in the Second World War. Sunfish is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats....

 bombed and scrap-heaped — we are only three.
Three threadbare S-boats patrolling o'er the blue,
...
Two ice-bound S-boats...
...
One lonely S-boat...
...


The survivors, left blank in the fatalistic rhyme, were HMS Sealion
HMS Sealion (72S)
HMS Sealion was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched 16 March 1934 and fought in the Second World War.She had an eventful career after the outbreak of war. Under the command of LCdr Ben Bryant, she attacked U-21 off the Dogger Bank in November 1939, but failed to sink her...

 (scuttled), HMS Seawolf
HMS Seawolf (47S)
HMS Seawolf was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 28 November 1935 and went on to serve in the Second World War.-Wartime career:...

 (broken up), and HMS Sturgeon
HMS Sturgeon (73S)
HMS Sturgeon was a British S class submarine built by HM Dockyard, Chatham. She was laid down on 1 January 1931 and was commissioned on 15 December 1932. She was one of the four submarines that formed the First Group of the S class, and the only one of these to survive the war.-Career:Sturgeon...

 (sold).

First Group



The first group of S-class submarines consisted of four boats. They were smaller and slower than later classes, and carried less armament, but could be crewed by fewer men. All four were built at Chatham Dockyard, between 1930 and 1932. During the war, they operated in home waters, particularly the English Channel
English Channel
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, and off the Scandinavian coast. The later second and third groups of S-class submarines would have their fuel capacity expanded to allow them to operate further and overcome this limitation.

The mortality rate of these early ships was particularly high. Only one, HMS Sturgeon, survived to the end of the war.

Ships:

Two ordered under the 1929 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Swordfish
    HMS Swordfish (61S)
    HMS Swordfish was a group one British S class submarine that was sunk on a combat patrol in the English Channel in November 1940 during the Second World War....

  • HMS Sturgeon
    HMS Sturgeon (73S)
    HMS Sturgeon was a British S class submarine built by HM Dockyard, Chatham. She was laid down on 1 January 1931 and was commissioned on 15 December 1932. She was one of the four submarines that formed the First Group of the S class, and the only one of these to survive the war.-Career:Sturgeon...


Two ordered under the 1930 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Seahorse
    HMS Seahorse (98S)
    HMS Seahorse was a group one British S class submarine that was lost at sea with all hands in Heligoland Bight, North Sea, probably on the 7 January 1940, during the Second World War....

  • HMS Starfish
    HMS Starfish (19S)
    HMS Starfish was a Group one British S class submarine that was depth charged and sunk by a German minesweeper M7 at Heligoland Bight on 9 January 1940 during the Second World War. Her crew were captured....



Second Group

The second group of S-class submarines consisted of eight boats. They were larger than the preceding first group and required more men to crew, but carried a similar armament. Construction was divided between Chatham Dockyard, and the yards of Scotts
Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited, often referred to simply as Scotts, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Greenock on the River Clyde.- History :...

, of Greenock
Greenock
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 and Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird, one of the most famous names in British shipbuilding during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, came about following the merger of Laird, Son & Co. of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co. of Sheffield at the turn of the twentieth century.- Founding of the business :The Company...

 & Co Limited, of Birkenhead
Birkenhead
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. All the ships were built between 1934 and 1937. During the war, they, like the submarines of the first group, mostly operated in home waters, ranging as far afield as the Bay of Biscay and the Scandinavian coast. One, HMS Sunfish, was assigned to the Soviet Navy and operated in the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
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, before she was sunk by friendly aircraft.

A large percentage of these submarines were also lost during the war. Only two, HMS Sealion and HMS Seawolf survived to the end of the war.

Ships:

Two ordered under the 1931 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Sealion
    HMS Sealion (72S)
    HMS Sealion was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched 16 March 1934 and fought in the Second World War.She had an eventful career after the outbreak of war. Under the command of LCdr Ben Bryant, she attacked U-21 off the Dogger Bank in November 1939, but failed to sink her...

  • HMS Shark
    HMS Shark (54S)
    HMS Shark was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 31 May 1934 and fought in the Second World War. Shark is one of 12 boats named in the song "Twelve Little S-Boats"....


Two ordered under the 1932 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Snapper
    HMS Snapper (39S)
    HMS Snapper was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched October 25, 1934 and fought in World War II. Snapper is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats.-Career:...

  • HMS Salmon
    HMS Salmon (N65)
    HMS Salmon was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on April 30, 1934, and fought in the Second World War. Salmon is one of 12 boats named in the song "Twelve Little S-Boats"....


One ordered under the 1933 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Seawolf
    HMS Seawolf (47S)
    HMS Seawolf was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 28 November 1935 and went on to serve in the Second World War.-Wartime career:...


Two ordered under the 1934 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Spearfish
    HMS Spearfish (69S)
    HMS Spearfish was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched April 21, 1936 and fought in World War II. Spearfish is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats...

  • HMS Sunfish
    HMS Sunfish (81S)
    HMS Sunfish was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 30 September 1936 and fought in the Second World War. Sunfish is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats....


One ordered under the 1935 Construction Programme:
  • HMS Sterlet
    HMS Sterlet (2S)
    HMS Sterlet was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched 22 September 1937 and fought in the Second World War. Sterlet is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named Sterlet.On 8 April 1940 Sterlet left for a...


Third Group



The third and by far the most numerous group of S-class submarines consisted of 50 boats. They were the largest and most heavily armed of the S-class and required more men to crew. They were one knot faster on the surface, but two knots slower when submerged. Most of the group were built at the yards of either Scotts
Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited, often referred to simply as Scotts, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Greenock on the River Clyde.- History :...

, of Greenock
Greenock
Greenock is a town and administrative centre in the Inverclyde council area in United Kingdom, and a former burgh within the historic county of Renfrewshire, located in the west central Lowlands of Scotland...

 or Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird, one of the most famous names in British shipbuilding during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, came about following the merger of Laird, Son & Co. of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co. of Sheffield at the turn of the twentieth century.- Founding of the business :The Company...

 & Co Limited, of Birkenhead
Birkenhead
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, with a handful being built at Chatham, or by Vickers Armstrongs Ltd, of Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow-in-Furness
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. Construction was carried out throughout the war, particularly between 1941 and 1945. Equipped with a greater fuel capacity than their predecessors, they operated much further afield, in the Mediterranean and in the Pacific far east.

There were two distinct subgroups. The first were boats of 842 tons, comprising those ordered under the 1939 War Emergency, 1940 and 1941 Programmes (except Sea Devil and Scotsman), plus the Sturdy and Stygian of the 1942 Programme; these carried an external stern torpedo tube in addition to the six bow tubes. The second subgroup were boats of 814 tons, comprising the Sea Devil and Scotsman of the 1941 Programme, plus those ordered under the 1942 and 1943 Programmes (except Sturdy and Stygian); these carried no external torpedo tube, but had a thicker welded pressure hull providing for an operational depth limit of 350 feet - compared with the 300 feet limit in the first subgroup.

Losses continued to be high. Nine ships; P222, Saracen, Sahib, Sickle, Simoom, Splendid, Stonehenge, Stratagem and Syrtis were lost during the war, and Shakespeare and Strongbow were so badly damaged that they were written off and scrapped. Many surviving ships remained in service after the war. Sportsman, by now transferred to the French navy, was lost off Toulon in 1951 and Sidon was sunk after a torpedo malfunction in 1955.

Ships:

Five ships were ordered under the 1939 War Emergency Programme.
  • HMS Safari
    HMS Safari (P211)
    HMS Safari, launched in November 1941, was one of the third group of British S-class submarines built by Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead. So far she has been the only ship to bear the name Safari.-Career:...

  • HMS Sahib
    HMS Sahib (P212)
    HMS Sahib was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on January 19, 1942...

  • HMS Saracen
    HMS Saracen (P247)
    HMS Saracen was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 16 February 1942.-Career:...

  • HMS Satyr
    HMS Satyr (P214)
    HMS Satyr was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on September 28, 1942.-Career:...

  • HMS Sceptre
    HMS Sceptre (P215)
    HMS Sceptre was a 1940-programme S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched on January 9, 1943, in Greenock, although her keel had been laid down in July 1940.-Career:...


Twenty ships were ordered under the 1940 Programme. These differed from the initial five by having an external stern torpedo tube fitted, also a 20 mm Oerlikon
Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
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 AA gun and air warning RDF
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 installed.
  • HMS Seadog
    HMS Seadog (P216)
    HMS Seadog was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead and launched on 11 June 1942. She previously had the pennant P216...

  • HMS Sibyl
    HMS Sibyl (P217)
    HMS Sibyl was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 29 April 1942.-Mediterranean:...

  • HMS Sea Rover
    HMS Sea Rover (P218)
    HMS Sea Rover was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on February 8, 1943...

  • HMS Seraph
    HMS Seraph (P219)
    HMS Seraph was an S-class submarine of the British Royal Navy. She carried out a number of intelligence and special operations activities during World War II, the most famous of which was Operation Mincemeat....

  • HMS Shakespeare
    HMS Shakespeare (P221)
    HMS Shakespeare was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Vickers-Armstrongs and launched on 8 December 1941....

  • HMS P222
    HMS P222
    HMS P222 was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Vickers Armstrong and launched on September 20, 1941. She was initially assigned to the naval base at Gibraltar to guard the entrance to the Mediterranean. On 27 July, 1942 P 222...

     which was lost before a name could be alloted to her.
  • HMS Sea Nymph
    HMS Sea Nymph (P223)
    HMS Sea Nymph was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 29, 1942....

  • HMS Sickle
    HMS Sickle (P224)
    HMS Sickle was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 27 August 1942...

  • HMS Simoom
    HMS Simoom (P225)
    HMS Simoom was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on October 12, 1942.-Career:...

  • HMS Sirdar
    HMS Sirdar (P226)
    HMS Sirdar was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on March 26, 1943.- Wartime career:...

  • HMS Spiteful
    HMS Spiteful (P227)
    HMS Spiteful was a S-class submarine of the British Royal Navy.-Commander:Her pennant number was originally P77...

  • HMS Splendid
    HMS Splendid (P228)
    HMS Splendid was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on January 13 1942.-Career:...

  • HMS Sportsman
    HMS Sportsman (P229)
    HMS Sportsman was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on 17 April 1942. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sportsman.In 1951 it was lent to the French Navy who...

  • The final seven further ships (P81 to P87) ordered under the 1940 Programme, all from Vickers-Armstrongs, were cancelled during 1943 (and were never laid down or named).

Fifteen ships were ordered under the 1941 Programme.
  • HMS Stoic
    HMS Stoic (P231)
    HMS Stoic was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on April 9, 1943...

  • HMS Stonehenge
    HMS Stonehenge (P232)
    HMS Stonehenge was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the third group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 23 March 1943....

  • HMS Storm
    HMS Storm (P233)
    HMS Storm was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the third group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 18 May 1943. So far, she is the only RN ship to bear the name Storm....

  • HMS Stratagem
    HMS Stratagem (P234)
    HMS Stratagem was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 21 June 1943...

  • HMS Strongbow
    HMS Strongbow (P235)
    HMS Strongbow was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on August 30, 1943....

  • HMS Spark
    HMS Spark (P236)
    HMS Spark was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on December 28, 1943...

  • HMS Scythian
    HMS Scythian (P237)
    HMS Scythian was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on April 14, 1944...

  • HMS Stubborn
    HMS Stubborn (P238)
    HMS Stubborn was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 11 November 1942...

  • HMS Surf
    HMS Surf (P239)
    HMS Surf was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on December 10, 1942. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Surf....

  • HMS Syrtis
    HMS Syrtis (P241)
    HMS Syrtis was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on March 23, 1943...

  • HMS Shalimar
    HMS Shalimar (P242)
    HMS Shalimar was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on April 22, 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Shalimar....

  • HMS Scotsman
    HMS Scotsman (P243)
    HMS Scotsman was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on August 18, 1944....

  • HMS Sea Devil
    HMS Sea Devil (P244)
    HMS Sea Devil was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was launched late in the Second World War, on 30 January 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sea Devil...

  • HMS Spirit
    HMS Spirit (P245)
    HMS Spirit was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 20, 1943...

  • HMS Statesman
    HMS Statesman (P246)
    HMS Statesman was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 14 September 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Statesman.-Career:She spent the time between August...


Thirteen ships were ordered under the 1942 Programme.
  • HMS Sturdy
    HMS Sturdy (P248)
    HMS Sturdy was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on September 30, 1943....

  • HMS Stygian
    HMS Stygian (P249)
    HMS Stygian was a S-class submarine of the British Royal Navy, and the only ship so far to bear the name. The ship is listed as being a member of the fourth group, although she had the external stern torpedo tube fitted as in the third group.After an eventful career in the Pacific during the...

  • HMS Subtle
    HMS Subtle (P251)
    HMS Subtle was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on January 27, 1944....

  • HMS Supreme
    HMS Supreme (P252)
    HMS Supreme was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on February 24, 1944...

  • HMS Sea Scout
    HMS Sea Scout (P253)
    HMS Sea Scout was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on March 24, 1944...

  • HMS Selene
    HMS Selene (P254)
    HMS Selene was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead and launched on 24 April 1944...

  • HMS Seneschal
    HMS Seneschal (P255)
    HMS Seneschal was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on April 23, 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Seneschal, after the office.She survived the Second...

  • HMS Sentinel
    HMS Sentinel (P256)
    HMS Sentinel was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Scotts of Greenock and launched on July 27, 1945....

  • HMS Sidon
    HMS Sidon (P259)
    HMS Sidon was a submarine of the Royal Navy, launched in September 1944, one of the third group of S-class submarines built by Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead...

  • HMS Sleuth
    HMS Sleuth (P261)
    HMS Sleuth was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 6, 1944. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sleuth.-Career:...

  • HMS Solent
    HMS Solent (P262)
    HMS Solent was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 8 June 1944....

  • HMS Spearhead
    HMS Spearhead (P263)
    HMS Spearhead was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 6, 1944. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Spearhead....

  • HMS Springer
    HMS Springer (P264)
    HMS Springer was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on May 14, 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Springer....


Eight ships were ordered under the 1943 Programme, but only four were completed. The other four submarines was cancelled after the war ended in 1945, and they became surplus to peace time requirements.
  • HMS Saga
    HMS Saga (P257)
    HMS Saga was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on March 14, 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Saga, after the Norse Sagas.Built as the Second World War was...

  • HMS Scorcher
    HMS Scorcher (P258)
    HMS Scorcher was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on December 18, 1944. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Scorcher...

  • HMS Spur
    HMS Spur
    HMS Spur was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on November 17, 1944...

  • HMS Sanguine
    HMS Sanguine (P266)
    HMS Sanguine was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on February 15, 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sanguine....

  • HMS Sea Robin (P267) - cancelled
  • HMS Sprightly (P268) - cancelled
  • HMS Surface (P269) - cancelled
  • HMS Surge (P271) - cancelled

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