HMS Usk (N65)

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HMS Usk (N65)
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Name: HMS Usk
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 6 November 1939
Launched: 7 June 1940
Commissioned: 11 October 1940
Fate: sunk 29 April 1941
Badge: USK badge-1-.jpg
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:

HMS Usk 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 6 November 1939 and was commissioned on 11 October 1940.

Barrow-in-Furness town and seaport in the county of Cumbria, England

Barrow-in-Furness, commonly known as Barrow, is a town and borough in Cumbria, England. Historically part of Lancashire, it was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1867 and merged with Dalton-in-Furness Urban District in 1974 to form the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. At the tip of the Furness peninsula, close to the Lake District, it is bordered by Morecambe Bay, the Duddon Estuary and the Irish Sea. In 2011, Barrow's population was 57,000, making it the second largest urban area in Cumbria after Carlisle, although it is geographically closer to the whole of Lancashire and most of Merseyside. Natives of Barrow, as well as the local dialect, are known as Barrovian.

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Career and loss

Usk spent most of her short career operating in the Mediterranean. She sailed from Malta to patrol off the north west coast of Sicily on 19 April 1941. Usk was later ordered to alter her position due to intense anti-submarine activity. What happened subsequently is not known but she was most likely mined in the vicinity of Cape Bon some time after 25 April 1941. She was reported overdue on 3 May 1941. [1] [2]

Malta island republic in Europe

Malta, GC, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km2 (122 sq mi), Malta is the world's tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km.2 The official languages are Maltese and English, with Maltese officially recognised as the national language and the only Semitic language in the European Union.

Notes

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

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References

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