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HMS Union (N56)
Career
Name: HMS Union
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 9 December 1939
Launched: 1 October 1940
Commissioned: 22 February 1941
Fate: sunk 20 July 1941
General characteristics
Displacement:

Surfaced - 540 tons standard, 630 tons full load


Submerged - 730 tons
Length: 58.22 m (191 feet)
Beam: 4.90 m (16 ft 1 in)
Draught: 4.62 m (15 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:

2 shaft diesel-electric
2 Paxman Ricardo diesel generators + electric motors

615 / 825 hp
Speed:

11.25 knots max surfaced


10 knots max submerged
Complement: 27-31
Armament:

4 bow internal 21 inch torpedo tubes - 8 - 10 torpedoes


1 - 3 inch gun

HMS Union was a British U class submarine, of the second group of that class, built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 9 December 1939 and was commissioned on 22 February 1941.

Career and sinking

Union spent much of her short career operating in the Mediterranean, where she sank the Italian merchant Pietro Querini. Her success was short-lived however. Union sailed from Malta at 1 o’clock on the morning of 14 July 1941 with orders to intercept a convoy north of Tripoli the following day. On 20 July 1941 she was sunk with all hands during an attack on the convoy by the Italian torpedo boat Circe. When she failed to return to Malta she was reported overdue on 22 July 1941.[1][2]

References

  1. HMS Union, Uboot.net
  2. Submarine losses 1904 to present day, RN Submarine Museum, Gosport

External links

Coordinates: 36°27′23″N 11°42′21″E / 36.45639°N 11.70583°E / 36.45639; 11.70583


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