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HMS Splendid (P228)
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HMS Splendid
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Splendid
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 7 March 1941
Launched: January 13, 1942
Commissioned: 8 August 1942
Fate: Scuttled April 21, 1943
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
Motto: Splendidly Audacious

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[edit | edit source]

She served in the Mediterranean, based at Malta, under the command of Lieutenant Ian McGeoch. During her career, she sank the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser San Paolo, the Italian merchants Luigi Favorita, Devoli, and XXI Aprile, the small Italian merchant Commercio, the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No. 107 / Cleopatra, and the Italian tanker Giorgio.

Splendid also sank the Italian Soldati class destroyer Aviere. Aviere, and her sister ship Camicia Nera, were escorting the German transport ship Ankara. Splendid attacked the Ankara, but missed her. Splendid also sank the Italian merchant Emma, despite her being heavily escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Groppo, Uragano and Clio. The German merchant Sienna (the former French Astrée) was missed in the same attack. Splendid also torpedoed and damaged the Italian destroyer Velite.[1]

Sinking[edit | edit source]

Splendid left port in Malta on April 17, 1943 to patrol the waters off Naples and Corsica. She was detected on April 21 by the German destroyer Hermes (formerly the British-built Greek destroyer Vasilefs Georgios) and damaged by depth charges. She was forced to surface and surrender. The crew scuttled her before abandoning her to prevent her capture. Five officers, including the CO, and 25 ratings were picked up by the destroyer, 18 men were lost with the ship.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. HMS Splendid, Uboat.net
  2. Submarine losses 1904 to present day, RN Submarine Museum, Gosport


Coordinates: 43°34′N 9°37′E / 43.567°N 9.617°E / 43.567; 9.617

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