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HMS Oracle (S16)
Career (United Kingdom)
Owner: RN
Operator: RN
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Laid down: 26 April 1960
Launched: 26 September 1961
Commissioned: 14 February 1963
Decommissioned: 18 September 1993
In service: 1963-1992
Fate: Transferred to Pounds scrapyard, Portsmouth in 1997 for breaking up, completed in mid-2003.[1]
General characteristics
Propulsion: Diesel / Electric generator

HMS Oracle was an Oberon-class submarine of the Royal Navy.

She was built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead and was laid down on 26 April 1960. She was launched on 26 September 1961 and commissioned on 14 February 1963. Oracle attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead when she was part of the Submarine Flotilla.[2]

HMS Oracle was paid off on 18 September 1993. Oracle featured in the 1980s BBC documentary series 'Submarine' as she was host to 'Perisher' trainee submarine commanders.

Commanding Officers

From To Captain
1970 1971 Lieutenant Commander Hugo White RN
1977 1977 Lieutenant Commander R F Strange RN
1978 1979 Lieutenant Commander A S L Smith RN


  1. Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475. 
  2. Official Souvenir Programme, 1977. Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, HMSO

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