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On This Day - April 27

1911E3Laid Down
1915E14In spite of great navigational difficulties succeeded in sinking two Turkish gunboats and one large military transport for which a VC was awarded.
1942Urge (N17)On 27th April 1942 HMS Urge left Malta on passage to Alexandria, where she was due to arrive on the 6th. The submarine failed to arrive. It is possible that Urge struck a mine outside Malta or that she was sunk by the Italian torpedo boat Pegaso in the eastern Mediterranean.
1943Urtica (P83)Laid Down
1944Untiring (P59)HMS Untiring (Lt. Boyd) sinks the German UJ 6075/Clairvoyant
1945Teredo (P338)Launched
2017Audacious (S122)HMS Audacious emerges from the Devonshire Dock Hall for the first time.

Will Blamey, BAE Systems Submarines Managing Director, said: "Today's launch marks an important milestone in the Astute programme. Audacious enters the water in a more advanced state of build than any previous Astute class submarine, which puts us in a good position for the next phase of work - the testing and commissioning of her complex systems.

Designing and building a nuclear-powered submarine is extremely challenging and today's launch is yet another reminder of the unique skills required to deliver such complex programmes. It is a proud day and we now look forward to working alongside Audacious' crew to prepare her for sea trials, before she joins her sister submarines in service with the Royal Navy."
Lastest Comments
15.04.18 on page HM Submarine A5 (Forgotten Submariners)
Michael John Davis wrote:
    Hi, My Grandad, Henry Daniel Davis (stoker) died of his injuries sustained from the explosion on submarine A5 (Queenstown) at Haulbowline Hospital, Michael John Davis...
01.04.18 on page HMS Oswald lost in 1940
David Tooes wrote:
    It may also be appropriate to mention that my father AB Jack TOOES was awarded a BEM for his successful escape from Garvi POW camp. He was the only POW to successfully escape from this prison. Further to his career he was the senior CPO at Balmoral in NSW during 1953 - 56 . Finally finishing his...
23.03.18 on page Uredd (P41)
per overgaard wrote:
    According to info from Norwegian military sources, the sub probably sank on 10. february 1943 based on distance from Lerwick to Fuløyfjorden and average speed etc....
04.02.18 on page Commander John Wallace Linton
Barrie Downer wrote:
    Checking on the date for WWII TURBULENT sailing on her last patrol - the date should read 23rd February leaving from Algiers. Stoker Joe Tunnell's letter must have gone off with the last mail before sailing....
18.01.18 on page The Silent Deep
Keith Hallam wrote:
    All 4 A-boats in Singapore 1962 – 1965 had Sonar 186. (I was Outside Killick then Stoker PO in Amphion, Skipper was LtCdr 'Ahab' Andrews). I assumed most A-boats had them? We exercised in the South China Sea a lot, going round in very big circles at 3 knots listening, sweating cobs. No aircon on. ...