HMS Talent (P337)

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HMS Talent
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Talent
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow
Laid down: 21 March 1944
Launched: 13 February 1945
Commissioned: 27 July 1945
Fate: Scrapped February 1970
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General characteristics
Class and type: British T class submarine
  • 1,290 tons surfaced
  • 1,560 tons submerged
Length: 276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)
Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
  • 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward
  • 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft
  • Two shafts
  • Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each
  • Twin electric motors 1,450 hp (1.08 MW) each
  • 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced
  • 9 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced
Test depth: 300 ft (91 m) max
Complement: 61
  • 6 internal forward-facing 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
  • 2 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • 2 external amidships rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 1 external rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 6 reload torpedoes
  • QF 4 inch (100 mm) deck gun
  • 3 anti aircraft machine guns

HMS Talent was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. She was built as P337(S37) by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, and launched on 13 February 1945. She was originally to have been named HMS Tasman, but was this was changed to Talent after the previous HMS Talent was transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy.


Talent saw little action, but still had an eventful career. Her first commission was spent in the Far East after which she returned to the UK. She then spent her commissions alternating between the home and mediterranean stations. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

On 15 December 1954 she was swept out of drydock at Chatham Dockyard when the dock gate (caissoon) lifted. Thick fog, night-fall and high tides hampered the search and rescue operations. She was not found until next day when it became clear that the accident had claimed four lives. After this accident all caissoons at Chatham that were on the river (tidal ) were chained down to prevent them lifting and they were inspected more regularly to ensure that they were full of water.

She was reconstructed between 1954 and 1956, when she was streamlined and modified, including the removal of her 4-inch gun. She was then damaged in a collision while dived off the Isle of Wight on 8 May 1956. Talent was later used for a month-long publicity trip around the south and east coasts of England in October 1960, when she was visited by over 33,000 people.

She was refitted at Malta between late 1960 and early 1961, and was thereafter active in the Mediterranean. She returned to the UK in May 1962 and was present at Portsmouth Navy Days in 1965.[2] She was decommissioned on 19 December 1966[3] and was finally scrapped at Troon, Scotland on 1 February 1970.[4]

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1953 1953 Lieutenant Commander P S Beale RN
1960 1960 Lieutenant Commander A N Derrick RN
1961 1961 Lieutenant Commander FRY RN
1965 1965 Lieutenant Commander N G Warnford RN


  1. ^ Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  2. ^ Programme, Portsmouth Navy Days, 28–30 August 1965, HMSO, p15
  3. ^ "Talent makes her last dive". Navy News. January 1967. p. 6. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ HMS Talent,