Solent Crest


Medium Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
S Class

Third Group 1942 Programme.

Pennant No.:
P.262

Laid Down:
7th May 1943.
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.

Commissioned:
7th September 1944.
Lt. Cdr. J.D. Martin DSC.

Commander:
July 1944 - Nov. 1945
Lt. Cdr. J.D. Martin DSC.
Jan. - July 1948
Lt. A.G. Tait DSC.
Sept. - Oct. 1950
Lt. P. Murray-Jones.
July. 1953
Lt. H.G. Gethin-Jones.
Aug. 1955
Lt. L.R. Turtle.
Dec. 1956
Lt. R. Cudworth.

Complement:
48
5 Officers and 43 Ratings.
Additional Officer carried in the Far East.

Service Career:
1944
3rd Flotilla, HMS Forth, Holy Loch.
1945
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Fremantle.
1945
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Subic Bay.
1945
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Hong Kong.
1945
Reserve.
1947 - 1950
1st Flotilla, HMS Wolfe, Malta.
1951 - 1958
2nd Flotilla/Squadron, HMS Maidstone/Tyne, Portland.

Fate:
Completed Four 'War Patrols'.
Departed Hong Kong September 1945 for the UK.

Solent was one of several boats which were modified after the war and converted into high speed target submarines for training anti-submarine forces.
The hull and casing were streamlined and the gun removed, in addition to this higher capacity batteries were fitted and the motors up-rated.

Scrapped 28th August 1962.