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1938 Triumph Submarine HMS Triumph launched
1938 Unity Submarine HMS Unity launched
1938 Ursula Submarine HMS Ursula launched
1942 Saracen Submarine HMS Saracen launched
1942 Unrivalled Submarine HMS Unrivalled launched
1991 Triumph Submarine HMS Triumph launched
1992 Vigilant Submarine HMS Vigilant laid down
1905 HMS A5 A5 experienced an internal petrol explosion shortly after refuelling from the depot ship HMS Hazard berthed in Queenstown, County Cork. The cause of the explosion was petrol fumes being ignited by a spark from the Main Motor Brushes.
1942 HMS Thrasher On February 16th, in daylight, HM Submarine Thrasher attacked and sank a heavily escorted supply ship she was at once attacked by depth-charges and was bombed by aircraft. The presence of two unexploded bombs in the gun-casing was discovered when after dark the submarine surfaced and began to roll. Lieutenant Roberts and Petty Officer Gould volunteered to remove the bombs, which were of a type unknown to them for which they each received the VC.
1942 Unrivalled While operating south of Punta Stilo HMS Unrivalled torpedoes and sinks the Italian sailing vessel Sparviero and the Italian merchant Pasubio.
1945 HMS Thorough HMS Thorough sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.

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