H.M. SUBMARINE UNISON

Small Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
U Class
Second Group

Pennant No.:
P.43

Laid Down:
30th December 1940 as P.43
Renamed January 1943.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.


Commissioned:
19th February 1942.
Lt. A.C. Halliday.

Commander:
Dec. 1941 - Dec.1942
Lt. A.C. Halliday.
Dec. 1942 - Aug. 1943
Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSO DSC.
Aug. - Nov. 1943
Lt. T.E. Barlow.
Nov. 1943 - 1944
T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard RNR.

Complement:
33
4 Officers, 29 Others.

Service Career:
1942
3rd Flotilla, HMS Forth, Holy Loch.
1942
5th Flotilla, HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
1942
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Gibraltar.
1942
10th Flotilla, Malta.
1943
Refitting at Devonport
1944
6th Flotilla, HMS Elfin, Blyth (Training Duties).

Fate:
Completed Eighteen 'War Patrols'.
Acted as a beacon for 'Operation Husky' the Sicilian landings in July 1943.
Also during July Unison along with Unrivalled and Unsparing was routed to Bizerta where they joined a convoy for onward passage to Malta.  During the passage Unison was fired on and hit by a 'friendly' tanker after dark. The Captain and two men were wounded and the Officer of the Watch was killed. The pressure hull was holed forward and Unison had to return to Bizerta escorted by the Polish destroyer Slovak. She arrived under the command of her First Lieutenant, the wounded were landed and repairs undertaken.

Transferred on loan to the Soviet Union on 26 June 1944. Renamed V-3 by the Soviets. Returned in 1949 and scrapped at Stockton on 19 May 1950.