HMS Courageous (S50)

HMS Courageous (S50) is a decommissioned Churchill-class nuclear fleet submarine in service with the Royal Navy from 1971.

Decommissioned HMS Courageous
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Courageous
Laid down: 15 May 1968
Launched: 7 March 1970
Commissioned: 16 October 1971
Decommissioned: 10 April 1992
  • Fortiter in Angustis
  • ("Bravely in straits")
Fate: Museum ship
General characteristics
Class and type: Churchill-class submarine
Displacement: 4,900 tonnes (submerged)
Length: 86.9 m (285 ft 1 in)
Beam: 10.1 m (33 ft 2 in)
Draught: 8.2 m (26 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h) submerged
Complement: 103

In 1982, Courageous along with her sister ship, HMS Conqueror, was sent with the British task force to retake the Falkland Islands from the occupying Argentine forces. She returned home later in the year without damage. Courageous was retired from service in 1992. She is now a museum ship at Devonport Dockyard.

During the HMNB Devonport Navy Days 2006, one of the members of the team restoring HMS Courageous pointed out that HMS Valiant was one of the first Royal Navy submarines to have her reactor removed. As Valiant had been cosmetically wrecked by this work, HMS Courageous was selected for the museum ship to represent the nuclear submarine fleet of the Royal Navy during the Cold War. Components were removed from HMS Valiant to restore Courageous. HMS Courageous was due to be moved in 2007 from her current berth to a new berth, due to development of the HMNB Devonport area where she resided.


HMS Courageous: A Cold War Veteran. Published by the Courageous Society 2008.

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