|HMS Opossum (S19)|
HMS Opossum returning to RN submarine base HMS Dolphin, Gosport, following combat operations in the Gulf War (1990–91)
|Builder:||Cammell Laird, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||21 December 1961|
|Launched:||23 May 1963|
|Commissioned:||5 June 1964|
|Fate:||Paid off for disposal|
|Class & type:||Oberon-class submarine|
2,030 tons surfaced |
2,400 tons submerged
|Length:||295 ft 3 in (89.99 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Draught:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
2 diesels 3,680 bhp (2,744 kW) |
2 electric motors of 6,000 shp
15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced|
17 knots (31 km/h) submerged
|Range:||9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||68 (6 officers, 62 petty officers and ratings)|
|Armament:||8 × 21 inch torpedo tubes (6 bow, 2 stern)|
Opossum was the eleventh Oberon-class boat commissioned by the Royal Navy. She was built by Cammell Laird shipbuilder at Birkenhead and launched on 23 May 1963. She was commissioned on 5 June 1964.
In 1990, Opossum took part in the bicentennial celebrations at Pitcairn Island, marking the occasion with a two day visit in September.
Opossum served during the Gulf War and inserted SBS special forces teams into Iraq and occupied Kuwait. In May 1991 she returned to HMS Dolphin in traditional Far East camouflage colours (black and duck egg blue). She was seen to be flying the Jolly Roger, the RN submariner's symbol of a successful war patrol.
On paying off in 1993, the nameplate from HMS Opossum was given to St Edmundsbury council in commemoration of the submarine's association with the town of Bury St. Edmunds.
HMS Opossum Association
The HMS Opossum Association is the veterans association for those who served on HMS Opossum. The association's members include submariners from the S19, and earlier veterans who served on the sloop/frigate HMS Opossum (1943–1960).
|1974||1976||Lieutenant Commander Michael Boyce RN|
|1977||1977||Lieutenant Commander Chris Wreford-Brown RN|
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