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1905 A8 Submarine HMS A8 completed
1905 A9 Submarine HMS A9 completed
1941 Sickle Submarine HMS Sickle laid down
1944 Vineyard Submarine HMS Vineyard launched
1944 Springer Submarine HMS Springer laid down
1960 Turbulent Submarine HMS Turbulent laid down
1905 HMS A8 At 10:30 in the morning an explosion ripped through HMS A8 whilst she was on exercise in Plymouth Sound. A nearby Trawler, the Chanticleer witnessed the explosion and lowered her boats as the submarine began to founder to offer assistance.

Shortly after the submarine sank further explosions were witnessed and wreckage drifted to the surface. HMS A8 was salvaged on the 12th and inspections indicated that the explosions were more than likely caused by a chemical reaction within the battery.
1940 Taku HMS Taku attacks a German convoy with ten torpedoes and torpedoes and damages the German torpedo boat Mwe east of Denmark. After the attack Taku was depth charged for 10 hours.
1942 HMS Olympus Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.
1943 HMS Safari HMS Safari torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Peppino Palomba and torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Liv off Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy.
1944 HMS Sickle HMS Sickle sinks three sailing vessels, with gunfire scuttling charges and ramming, in the Doro Channel (between Euboea Island and Andros Island).
1945 HMS Sibyl Between 8 May 1945 and 31 May 1945 HMS Sibyl sinks five Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire and scuttling charges in the Malacca Strait.
1963 HMS Repulse Ordered from Vickers, Barrow
1963 HMS Resolution Ordered from Vickers, barrow
1963 Tabard HMS Tabard was involved in a collision with HMAS Queenborough

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