HMS Solent

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Solent

Original Builder: Cammell Laird & Company Limited of Birkenhead

Original Yard No: 1134

Official Number:

Vessel Type: submarine

GRT: 714

Year Built: 1943

Arrival Date: 27/08/1961

Breakup Started: 25/09/1961

Date First Beached: 09/10/1961

Date Breakup Completed: 25/04/1962

Draught For’d: 12' 6"

Draught Aft: 13' 3"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

 

'S'-Class Submarine HMS SOLENT for the Royal Navy                           Pennant No. P-262

 

07-05-1943  :   Keel laid down

08-06-1944  :   Launched

07-09-1944  :   Commissioned

 

Tonnages  :   715 tons  /  990 tons

 

Dimensions  :   66.1 metres   x   7.2 metres   x   3.4 metres

 

Propulsion  :   Twin Diesel Engines / Electric Motors

 

Speed  :   Surfaced – 14.75 knots   /    Submerged – 8.00 knots

 

Armaments  :  

6  x  21 inch Forward + 1  x 21 inch Aft Torpedo Tubes (13 torpedoes)

1  x  3 inch Deck Gun

1  x  20mm Cannon

3  x  0.303 mm Machine Guns

 

Complement  :   48 Officers & Ratings

 

 

Career of HMS SOLENT

HMS Solent spent most of her career in the Pacific Far East, often in company with her sister, HMS Sleuth. Together they sank fifteen Japanese sailing vessels and the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 3.

 

Solent then went on to sink a Japanese patrol vessel and a Japanese landing craft, whilst damaging another.

 

HMS Solent survived the Second World War, and was later sold off, arriving at Troon's WSSC on 28th August 1961 for breaking up.