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HMS Solent (P262)
HMS Solent.jpg
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S-class submarine
Name: HMS Solent
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 7 May 1943
Launched: 8 June 1944
Commissioned: 7 September 1944
Fate: Broken up in 1961
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 (16.97 mph; 27.32 km/h) surfaced
8 knots (9.2 mph; 15 km/h) submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch (530 mm) 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 Solent 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 8 June 1944.

She served during the Second World War, spending most of her career in the Pacific Far East, often in company with her sister ship, HMS Sleuth. Together they sank fifteen Japanese sailing vessels and the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 3. Solent then went on to sink a Japanese patrol vessel and a Japanese landing craft, whilst damaging another.[1]

Solent survived the Second World War, and was sold off, arriving at Troon on 28 August 1961 for breaking up.

Commanding officers

From To Captain
1948 1948 Lieutenant-Commander Gordon Tait DSC RN
1953 1953


  1. "HMS Solent". Retrieved 2011 October 30. 


Coordinates: 4°50′S 115°40′E / 4.833°S 115.667°E / -4.833; 115.667

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