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Age : 75
Localisation : Essex UK
Cap Badge : R Sigs
Places Served : 11 Sigs Vimy 'C' Catterick Nov 1963), 224 (Radio) Sig Squadron Garrats Hey, Quorn Leics( Jan-June 1964), 16 Sigs Bradbury Barracks Krefeld July-Oct 1964), 28 (BR) Sigs St Tonis & 4 Squadron, Tongeren (Cafe Maddy) (1964-1968), HQ UNFICYP Nicosia 6 month tour (1966), HMS Jufair & Hamala Camp Bahrien, 223 Sig Sqn (Radio) Winchester, Norn Ireland, HQ Northag Kolsas Olso Norway, 11 Sigs Helles Lines Catterick, Civvy Street 1977, Retired (Grumpy Victor Meldrew 2012)
Registration date : 2012-07-15
|Subject: UK R Navy Conventional Diesel Submarines - WW2 & Beyond. 18/10/2012, 17:53|| |
Just pondering about conventional submarines. Does anyone have access to or know of books etc about British conventional submarines during WW2, and how they compared up against the best of German and US subs?
I have read that the post WW2 'Oberon' class diesel submarines were operated by the Royal Navy were in a class of their own. I have been round the Oberon Class sub in the Royal Dockyards in Chatham, also the one that is on show down in Portsmouth submarine school. (the Argentinian sub that was sunk in South Georgia at the start of the Falklands War was an Ex-RN 'Oberon' class sub).
Does the Royal Navy operate any conventional subs now. I did read that we had sold 3 conventional subs to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Naval service a few years ago.
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Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26
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Number of posts : 279
Localisation : Glesga
Cap Badge : The Jocks
Places Served : Everywhere.
Registration date : 2012-09-25
Number of posts : 1049
Localisation : Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Cap Badge : RC Sigs (RTG Op) / CF Logistics (Cook)
Places Served : Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, CFS Alert and some other strange places
Registration date : 2007-12-16
|Subject: Re: UK R Navy Conventional Diesel Submarines - WW2 & Beyond. 25/10/2012, 02:44|| |
The 3 conventional subs purchased by the RCN were lemons that had been parked for years in the UK. Since coming to Canada they have sat in dock being repaired. Rarely go to see and are useless. The RN saw them coming. Didn't even have to send a taxi for them. Our Conservative Govt of the time (Brian Mulroney the Dick Head) was our PM then. Remember this is the a Conservative Govt that insisted on the Ross Rifle in WW 1. Also a Conservative Govt in 60-61 that tried to turn the Cdn Army into a Civil Defense Force. Also the same Govt shot down the RCAF's Arrow. The most advanced fighter of the time and still could be. One thing about Conservative Govt. in Canada, if they can willingly f**k some thing up, they will.
I believe we had 3 Oberon built for us at Rochester/Chatham in 65/66. I happend to be there on leave at that time in 66. They are now out of service.
Also note we have gone back to being an Army, a RCN and RCAF. I'll give them cerdit for that. No longer Canadian Forces, Sea, Land or Air
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