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HMS Sterlet (2S)
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HMS Sterlet
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Sterlet
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 14 July 1936
Launched: 22 September 1937
Commissioned: 6 April 1938
Fate: Sunk 18 April 1940
General characteristics
Displacement: 670 tons surfaced
960 tons submerged
Length: 208 ft 9 in (63.63 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: Twin diesel/electric
Speed: 13.75 knots surfaced
10 knots submerged
Complement: 39 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes
12 torpedoes
one three-inch gun
one .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Sterlet was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched 22 September 1937 and fought in the Second World War. Sterlet is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named Sterlet.

On 8 April 1940 Sterlet left for a patrol in the Skagerrak, Norway under the command of Lt. Gerard Henry Stacpoole Haward, aged just 30, and the husband to Diana Auriol Haward. Four days later she unsuccessfully attacked a convoy of three merchant ships and a destroyer. The following day she was assigned a new patrol area and on 14 April torpedoed the German gunnery training ship Brummer, leading to it sinking the following day.[1]

She was possibly sunk by the German anti submarine trawlers UJ-125, UJ-126 and UJ-128 on 18 April. Alternatively, she may have struck a mine whilst returning to port.[2]


  1. Brummer
  2. HMS Sterlet

Coordinates: 58°40′N 9°56′E / 58.667°N 9.933°E / 58.667; 9.933

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