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S3 Class, British Submarines


Photograph of S3-class submarine

Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage

865 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged

Dimensions

217' by 23'6" by 11'0"
66.1m by 7.2m by 3.4m

Maximum speed      

14.5 knots surfaced
9 knots submerged

Dive to 330 feet
to 100 meters

Complement

48

Armament

6 21" torpedo tubes (13 torpedoes or 12 mines)
1 4"/40 gun
1 20mm Oerlikon AA gun
3 0.303 Lewis machine guns
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (1900 hp) or electric (1300 hp)

Range

6000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 10 knots surfaced
120 nautical miles (220 km) at 3 knots submerged

Bunkerage 95 tons diesel oil
Sensors
Sonar
Surface and air search radar

The S3s were built in 1940-1942 and the design was somewhat optimized for mass production. Like almost all British submarines, they lacked the range for effective operations in the Pacific, but saw useful service patrolling the coasts of Burma and Malaya. Those built for the Far East had a 4" gun in place of the 3" used in earlier units and eliminated a stern torpedo tube to compensate for the weight. Within their limits, they were a sound design, reliable and easily maintained and operated.


Units in the Pacific:

Stonehenge     
Arrived 1943-3
Lost to unknown causes in 1944 in the Indian Ocean
Shakespeare    
Arrived 1944
Stubborn Arrived 1944
Scythian     
Arrived 1944-3?      
Sea Rover     
Arrived 1944-3

Sea Dog
Arrived 1944-3?

Sirdar
Arrived 1944-3

Stygian
Arrived 1944-3

Subtle
Arrived 1944-3

Spirit
Arrived 1944-1

Statesman
Arrived 1944-2

Storm Arrived 1944-2
Stoic
Arrived 1944-3

Strategem
Arrived <1944-8
Sunk by aircraft and Ch-35 1944-11-2 in Malacca Strait
Strongbow
Arrived 1944-9-2

Sturdy
Arrived 1944-10-13     

Sea Scout     
Arrived 1945

Selene
Arrived 1945

Sleuth
Arrived 1945

Solent
Arrived 1945

Spark
Arrived 1945

Spearhead
Arrived 1945-1

Spiteful
Arrived 1945-3


References

Bagnasco (1977)

McCartney (2006)

Uboat.net (accessed 2010-1-16)

Worth (2001)



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