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HMS Unruffled (P46)
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HMS Unruffled returning to harbour in Malta after a patrol in the Mediterranean
Career
Name: HMS Unruffled
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 25 February 1941
Launched: 19 December 1941
Commissioned: 9 April 1942
Fate: scrapped January 1946
Badge:
General characteristics
Class & type: U-class submarine
Displacement:

Surfaced - 540 tons standard, 630 tons full load


Submerged - 730 tons
Length: 58.22 m (191 ft)
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 (20.8 km/h) max surfaced


10 knots (19 km/h) max submerged
Complement: 27-31
Armament:

4 bow internal 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes - 8 - 10 torpedoes


1 - 3-inch (76 mm) gun

HMS Unruffled (P46) was a Royal Navy U-class submarine built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Unruffled.

Career

Unruffled spent most of her eventful wartime career in the Mediterranean, where she sank the Vichy-French merchant Liberia (the former Greek Cape Corso), the Italian auxiliary minesweeper N 10 / Aquila, the Italian merchants Leonardo Palomba, Una, Sant'Antioco, Citta di Catania, and Città di Spezia, the Italian tankers Castelverde and Teodolinda, the Italian sailing vessel Amabile Carolina, the Italian naval auxiliary Z 90 / Redentore, the German merchants Lisboa, Pommern and Baalbeck and the French tanker Henri Desprez. Unruffled also torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Loreto. She was carrying prisoners of war, 130 of whom were lost.

She also launched failed attacks on the Italian submarine Antonio Sciesa and the small German minesweeper R 212, but her most important target was the Italian light cruiser Attilio Regolo, which was torpedoed by Unruffled on 7 November 1942. 60 feet of bow were blown off, but Unruffled could not sink the cruiser, having by now run out of torpedoes. The damaged cruiser was towed to port by the tug Polifemo, escorted by the torpedo boats Cigno, Lince and Abba. Another attack by HMS United failed, but the Attilio Regolo was out of action for the rest of the war.

In addition to these actions, Unruffled took part in operations Harpoon and Vigorous. Unruffled also acted as recovery vessel for Operation Principal, a chariot attack on Palermo harbour on 3 January 1943.

Unruffled survived the war and was scrapped at Troon in January 1946.

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