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HMS Sanguine (P266)
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HMS Sanguine
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Sanguine
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 10 January 1944
Launched: February 15, 1945
Commissioned: 13 May 1945
Out of service: Sold to Israeli Navy in 1958
Renamed: Rahav March 1959
Fate: Cannibalised for spares for Tanin, 1968
General characteristics
Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 14.75 knots surfaced
8 knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
13 torpedoes
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Sanguine

HMS Sanguine was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on February 15, 1945. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Sanguine.

Built as the Second World War was drawing to a close, she did not see much action. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Israeli Navy as Rahav

Sanguine was sold to the Israeli Navy in 1958 and renamed Rahav in March 1959. Not operational during the Six day war she was retired in 1968 and cannibalised for spare parts for Tanin, formerly HMS Springer, Rahav's's sister ship which did see combat in 1967.


A Gal class submarine named Rahav served from 1977 to 1997. A Dolphin class submarine was delivered 29 April 2013 to the Israeli Navy.


  1. Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden


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