|HMS Splendid (P228)|
|Class and type:||S class submarine|
|Laid down:||7 March 1941|
|Launched:||January 13, 1942|
|Commissioned:||8 August 1942|
|Fate:||Scuttled April 21, 1943|
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)|
14.75 knots surfaced|
8 knots submerged
|Complement:||48 officers and men|
6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft|
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun
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.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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