Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Solent
Original Builder: Cammell Laird & Company Limited of Birkenhead
Original Yard No: 1134
Vessel Type: submarine
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"
'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
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.