HMS Vox (P73)

HMS Vox (P73) was a Royal Navy V-class submarine that served in the latter part of World War II, from 1943 to 1946, before it was scrapped at Cochin. An earlier HMS Vox had been transferred to France as Curie.

History
United Kingdom
Name: Vox
Namesake: Latin for "Voice"
Builder: Vickers (Barrow)
Yard number: V2
Laid down: 19 December 1942
Launched: 28 September 1943
Commissioned: 20 December 1943
Identification: P 73
Honors and
awards:
Aegean 1944[1]
Fate: Scrapped at Cochin in 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: V-class submarine
Length: 195 ft (59 m)
Beam: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Draft: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Speed:
  • 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) (surfaced)
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) (submerged)
Range: 4,050 mi (6,520 km) (surface); 170 mi (270 km) (submerged)
Crew: 33
Armament:
  • 4 × 21-inch bow tubes (8 torpedoes carried)
  • 1 × 3-inch gun
  • 3 × 0.303-inch machine guns

History

Vox was laid down by Vickers–Armstrong on 19 December 1942, and was intended as a replacement for another submarine of the same name, which, upon completion, had be given into French service. The ship was launched on 28 September 1943, and was commissioned on 20 December.[2]

The ship's first exercises occurred on 31 January 1944, when it participated in targeting and attack exercises in conjunction with HMS Vigorous, HMS Breda, and HMS Vivid in Holy Loch. Vox participated alongside Vivid in exercises against Vigorous late in the day. After the exercises, Vox departed Holy Loch alongside Vivid, and both ships made for Larne, escorted by HMS ML 225.[3]

After a round trip from Larne to Holy Lock, Vox set out with HMS Sturdy for Gibraltar, with Sturdy on its way to the Far East and Vox to stay in the Mediterranean Sea. On 3 and 4 July 1944, while patrolling off the coast of Greece, Vox sunk two sailing vessels and one German sailing vessel off Monernvassia and Santorini Island respectively. On 10 July, Vox torpedoed and sank the German collier Anita between the Andros and Tinos Islands. On 1 August, Vox claimed to have sunk a sailing vessel, and on 3 August it fired two torpedoes at an auxiliary patrol vessel, though both torpedoes missed. On 4 August, Vox sank three enemy vessels: the German patrol boat GK 61, and the German sailing vessels Thetis and SA 83. Vox also sank enemy sailing vessels on 31 August, 24 September, and 25 September, when it sank the Greek sailing vessel Vol.[2][3]

On 12 February 1945, Vox was put on to the slipway at Frermantle, and on 13 February was put back on the water. She was subsequently used in anti-submarine training until her scrapping in October 1946 at Cochin.[2][3]

References

  1. "HMS VOX". www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. "Vox (P73)". rnsubs.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. "HMS Vox (P 73) of the Royal Navy - British Submarine of the V class - Allied Warships of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
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