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On This Day - November 30

1914F2Laid Down
1917H48Laid Down
19401940 - 1970: Adamant (F64)Launched
1943Stygian (P249)Launched
1943Visigoth (P76)Launched
1944Strongbow (P235)HMS Strongbow sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire off the west coast of Sumatra
1952Sidon (P259)Taken in hand at Devonport for intermediate docking and for fitting an escape trunk. Completed 9th January 1953.
1974Superb (S109)Launched
2018Astute (S119)Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans and hunter-killer sub HMS Astute have been operating alongside each other, honing their Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) skills. But it was also an opportunity for them to go up against each other, testing their ability to deal with the threat one another brings to the battlefield.

“To be the best at what we do, it is essential that we train both against and alongside the very best,” Commander John Cromie, Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said.

“HMS Astute provides that partner with whom we can polish our skills to the highest level.”

This latest training exercise took place in a Scottish loch and was a chance to sharpen and refine procedures necessary to coordinate activity when dealing with a potential submarine threat.
Lastest Comments
08.11.21 on page The History Of British Submarine Sonars
Stephan Timbers wrote:
    To David Parry and the people involved in rnsubs Thank you so much for this article. The technological evolution of active & passive Sonar/ASDIC is still very much unknown and comprehensive data inaccessible to the public. Your report helps to shed light on the matter from a RN perspective. T...
20.10.21 on page Building X Craft Submarines
Gary Maughan wrote:
    My father was an ERA, testing the re-breath system for divers in Scotland, and apparently was redeployed for a secret mission, we believe to be onboard one of the x craft at D-Day. His name was Ron Maughan, I have a picture of him standing with Fraser and Maginness....
05.10.21 on page Tetrarch (N77)
ken carroll wrote:
    Thank you. My uncle McKenna Tom Northover went down with HMS Tetrarch. I have the various regrets from the King , "mentioned in dispatches" etc that my Aunt gave me before she died. A sad part of history, he was 28 years old....
09.09.21 on page K13
Sandra Smith wrote:
    Many thanks for the list of survivors of the K13 submarine. My husband's grandfather was a survivor of this incident. We have both searched the internet many times for a list of survivors, without success. Today I have spent over 3 hours searching and have stumbled on this web-site!...
31.08.21 on page G7
Mark Lyons wrote:
    My grandmother's brother lost his life in the sinking. John Duffy age 24. Good that you found his resting place. Thank you....