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HMS Scythian (P237)
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HMS Scythian
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Scythian
Builder: Scotts, Greenock
Laid down: 21 February 1943
Launched: April 14, 1944
Commissioned: 11 August 1944
Fate: broken up August 1960
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: 48 officers 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-calibre machine gun

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. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Scythian.

Built as the Second World War was drawing to a close, she did not see much action, spending the period between March and May 1945 on the eastern station. Here, she managed to sink nine Japanese sailing vessels and a small unidentified Japanese vessel.[1]

Along with her sisters, Scorcher and Sirdar, Scythian took part in the search for the missing HMS Affray in 1951. Scythian was paid off and arrived at Charlestown on August 8, 1960 for breaking up.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. HMS Scythian, Uboat.net


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