Regent Crest

Early Patrol Submarine


Rainbow Class

Pennant No.:

Laid Down:
19th June 1929.
Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness.

20th September 1930.
Lt. Cdr. J.S. Bethell.

Sept. 1930
Lt. Cdr. J.S. Bethell.
Feb. 1932 - Jan. 1934
Lt. Cdr. J.R.H. D'Aeth.
Apr. 1934
Cdr. G. Grantham.
Nov. 1934
Lt. Cdr. H.R. Conway.
Sept. 1936 - Feb. 1939
Lt. Cdr. R.G. Mills.
Apr. 1939 - Feb. 1941
Lt. Cdr. H. C. Browne.
July 1941 - April 1943
Lt. W.N.R. Knox DSC.

5 Officers and 51 Ratings.

Service Career:
1930 - 1931
5th Flotilla, HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
1931 - 1935
1st Flotilla, Malta.
1935 - 1939
4th Flotilla, HMS Medway,Hong Kong.
Sept. 1939
4th Flotilla, HMS Medway, Singapore.
Nov. 1939
4th Flotilla, HMS Medway, Singapore.
1st Flotilla, HMS Medway, Alexandria.
10th Flotilla, Malta.

Completed fifteen 'War Patrols', she was lost on her sixteenth patrol.

Sank the Silvia Tripcovich 2,400 tons.

Lost, possibly mined in the Strait of Taranto April 1943.

It should be noted that although some boats were attached to H.M.S. Medway at Singapore, they often operated in a detached mode covering the China Station such as Hong Kong and even to the point of patrolling the Siberian Coast.

It should be noted that boats attached to 1st Flotilla in Alexandria were likely to spend much of their time at Malta even though Malta had been given up as a submarine base due to the air attacks. Although submarines did still operate from Malta during this period the 10th Flotilla was not recognised as such until September 1941.