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HMS Saga (P257)
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HMS Saga
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Saga
Ordered: 7 April 1943
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 5 April 1944
Launched: March 14, 1945
Commissioned: 14 June 1945
Fate: Sold to the Portuguese Navy in October 11, 1948, and renamed NRP Náutilo
Career (Portugal)
Name: NRP Náutilo
Acquired: 11 October 1948
Fate: Placed on disposal list in 1969
General characteristics
Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 14.75 knots surfaced
8 knots submerged
Complement: 48ficers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
13 torpedoes
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303 inch machine gun

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 drawing to a close, she did not see much action. On 10 February 1946 Saga collided with the trawler Girl Lena in the English Channel. The Girl Lena was sunk. Saga was sold to the Portuguese Navy in 1948 and renamed NRP Náutilo.[1]


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