Builder: Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Displacement: 814 tons
Length: 217 ft
Beam: 23 ft 8 in
Draught: 11 ft
Propulsion: 2 × 950 bhp (708 kW) diesel engines, 2 × 650 hp (485 kW) electric motors driving two propellers
Speed: 14.75 knots (16.97 mph; 27.32 km/h) surfaced. 9 knots (10 mph; 17 km/h) submerged
Range: 7,500 Nautical miles surfaced (8,600 mi; 13,900 km) at 10 knots (12 mph; 19 km/h) 120 Nautical miles submerged ( 140 mi; 220 km) at 3 knots (3.5 mph; 5.6 km/h)
Armament: 6 × bow & 1 stern 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes – carried 13 torpedoes or 12 mines; 1 × three-inch (76 mm) gun (QF 4-inch deck gun; 1 × 20 mm Oerlikon AA gun; 3 × .303 calibre machine guns
Crew complement: 48
Lt. Hugo Rowland Barnwell Newton, DSC, RN 15 May 1944 - 04 Dec 19455
Lt. D.R. Johnston DSC, Sept 1948
Lt. E.C. Gigg, RCN Apr 1953
Lt. G.C. Morris, RCN Apr 1955
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She was ordered from Cammell Laird Shipbuilders, Birkenhead, on October 19th 1942, one of the batch four boats ordered as part the third group of S class submarines for the Royal Navy. Her keel was laid down on April 16th 1943. She was launched on April 24th 1944.
On completion of her builder’s trials she departed for Holy Loch on July 12th 1944, arriving the following day. She commissioned as H.M. Submarine SELENE at Holy Loch on July 14th 1944 under the command of Lieutenant Commander. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN.
H.M. Submarine SELENE departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar on November 23rd 1944 with convoy OS 96 / KMS 70 on the first leg of the trip to the Far East.
H.M. Submarine SELENE departed Fremantle for Subic Bay, Philippines on May 16th 1945 to join the 8th Submarine flotilla attached to HMS MAIDSTONE. She was to conduct a patrol en route, arrived on June 2nd.
After the war had ended Selene visited Hong Kong before proceeding back to the U.K. She arrived at Portsmouth on November 9th 1945. She was transferred to the reserve fleet there on December 4th 1945.
After the war the surviving S Class boats were refitted to install a folding snorkel mast aft of the control tower; to accommodate this the stern torpedo tube and the 'Bandstand' Anti-Aircraft platform and 20mm Oerlikon were removed. Some had their main deck gun removed as well. The snorkel allowed a submarine to cruise on diesel engines while submerged allowing the batteries to be recharged without the need to surface and risk detection by an enemy. When raised the ‘snort’ was the only part of the boat above the surface drawing in clean air while discharging the toxic diesel exhaust. Later modernisation work included installation of an improved sonar mounted in a dome on the casing above the forward dive plane and improved radar.
On emerging from her modification refit SELENE was allocated to the 2nd Submarine Flotilla, attached to HMS MAIDSTONE at Portland in 1952, She transferred to the 3rd Submarine Flotilla, attached to HMS MONTCLARE, at Rothesay in 1954. She returned to Portland in 1955 to join the 2nd Submarine Squadron attached to HMS MAIDSTONE until 1957 when she was paid off to the reserve and later put up for disposal. She was scrapped on June 6th 1961.
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HM Ships COLOSSUS, GLORY, VENERABLE and VENGEANCE. GLORY did not arrive in Sydney until August 16th.
At the end of June 1945, the Admiralty implemented a new system of classification for carrier air wings, adopting the American practice one carrier would embark a single Carrier Air Group (CAG) which would encompass all the ships squadrons.
Sturtivant, R & Balance, T. (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm’ list 899 squadron as conducting DLT on the Escort Carrier ARBITER on August 15th. It is possible that the usual three-day evolution was cancelled due to the announcement of the Japanese surrender on this date and was postponed for a month.
Gordon served with the radio section of Mobile Repair UNit No.1 (MR 1) at Nowra, he was a member of the local RN dance band, and possibly the last member of MONAB I to leave Nowra after it paid off. .
In March 1946 I joined 812 squadron, aboard HMS Vengeance, spending some time ditching American aircraft north of Australia. Eventually we sailed for Ceylon ( Sri Lanka ) landing at Trincomalee and setting up a radio section at Katakarunda. In the belief that we were exhausted we were sent to a rest camp at Kandy for a few weeks. We moved down to Colombo to pick up Vengeance and returned to Portsmouth via the Suez Canal . I was discharged in November 1946.