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Geordie

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RN R Class submarine
« on: 26 May 2021 02:20:33 pm »

The R Class submarine was armed with 6, 18 inch torpedo tubes and designed for high underwater speed as a primarily anti submarine platform. I have just seen on Wikipedia that, according to that site, some R Class boats had their torpedo tubes upgraded to 21 inch. This seems unlikely to me, does anyone have any information on this?
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Re: RN R Class submarine
« Reply #1 on: 27 May 2021 10:49:08 am »


Like you, I would doubt this - apart from a couple retained for training, the R boats had a very short service life.  Neither Akermann (Encyclopedia of British Submarines) or Conway's mention any armament changes
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Re: RN R Class submarine
« Reply #2 on: 28 May 2021 01:05:35 pm »

Agreed, and fitting 6, 21 inch tubes in a submarine of 500 tons submerged displacement would be a big ask back then.
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