Trident Crest

Large Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
Triton Class



Pennant No.:
52.T
52.N
N.52

Laid Down:
12th January 1937.
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.

Commissioned:
29th August 1939.
Cdr. J.G. Gould

Commander:
July 1939 - Feb. 1940
Cdr. J.G. Gould
Feb. - Apr. 1940
Cdr. A. G. L. Seale.
Apr. 1940 - Mar. 1942
Lt. Cdr. G. M. Sladen DSC.
(Cdr. June 1941)
Jan. - Mar. 1942
Lt. Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory DSO*.
Mar. - Aug. 1942
Lt. A.R.. Hezlet
Oct. 1942 - May 1943
Lt. Newstead.
May 1943 - May 1944
Lt. A.J. Sumption, RNVR
May - Nov. 1944
A/SLt. J.W. Golder.
Nov. 1944 - Jan. 1945
Lt. A.J.W. Pitt DSO
Jan. - Nov. 1945
Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC

Complement:
56 Peacetime.
62 Wartime.
5 Officers and 51 Ratings Peacetime
6 Officers and 56 Ratings Wartime.

Service Career:
Nov. 1939
2nd Flotilla, HMS Forth, Rosyth.
1940
2nd Flotilla, HMS Forth, Rosyth.
1941
Home Waters/Arctic.
1942
Home Waters.
1943
Mediterranean/Indian Ocean.
1945
Second Submarine Flotilla, Indian Ocean.

Fate:
Completed thirtyeight 'War Patrols'.

Damaged the cruiser Prinz Eugen 23rd February 1942 off Norway. Trident is believed to be the most successful boat of the class. She was credited with destroying some 50,000 GRT of enemy shipping. This included the German submarine chaser UJ 1213.

She also managed to serve as a front line boat throughout the duration of the war. She sailed on her first war patrol on 20th October 1939 and returned from her last patrol to Trincomalee on 3rd September 1945 being the last boat of the East Indies Fleet to return from patrol. She completed 38 patrols in practically every theatre of the war. Her first success was the sinking of the Stedigen (ex Posidonia), 8036 GRT, on 8th April 1940 off Norway. On the same day she missed the cruiser Lutsow with a salvo of 10 torpedoes.

In early May of the same year she sank the Clare Hugo Stinnes, 5,295 GRT. From August 1941 until November of the same year she operated from Polyarnoe in company with H. M. Submarine Tigris, the first boats to do so. Whilst in this area she sank 5 ships of some 22,000 GRT as well as the submarine chaser UJ1213.

Scrapped 17th February 1946.