HMS Usk (N65)

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.

HMS Usk (N65)
United Kingdom
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
General characteristics
  • 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)
  • 2 shaft diesel-electric
  • 2 Paxman Ricardo diesel generators + electric motors
  • 615 / 825 hp
  • 11.25 knots max surfaced
  • 10 knots max submerged
Complement: 27-31

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]


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


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