This is the website of the Barrow-in-Furness Branch of the Submariners Association. The Premier UK internet resource for Submariners and anyone interested in Royal Navy Submarines.

Vickers and Barrow are names synonymous with the development of the submarine. Hundreds of submarines covering virtually every class have been built for the Royal Navy and foreign Navies. This site is dedicated to not only to those who have served on Her Majesty's Submarines but also to those employees past and present whose skills and efforts have given pride to the phrase 'Barrow built' and made the name Vickers known and respected throughout the world.

On This Day - February 17

1864HunleyThe first successful submarine torpedo attack took place when the USS Housatonic was sunk by the Confederate submarine Hunley in Charleston harbour however, the force of the explosion was so great that the submarine itself was also blown up, killing all on board.
1942Unshaken (P54)Launched
1942Unswerving (P63)Laid Down
1943Splendid (P228)HMS Splendid sinks the Italian merchant XXI Aprile about 3 nautical miles north of Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
1943Virtue (P75)Laid Down
1945Statesman (P246)HMS Statesman sinks the Japanese trawler Matsujima Maru No.3 and the Japanese coasters Nippon Maru No.19, Nanyo Maru No. 17 and Nippon Maru No.14 with gunfire in the Malakka Strait.
19721938 - 1978: Forth (F04)Renamed Defiance, depot Ship of Devonport Fleet Maintenance Base and parent ship of 2nd Sub Sqdn
1973Spartan (S105)Ordered from Vickers, Barrow by Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore after launch of HMS Soverign.
1973Sovereign (S108)Launched
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