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HMS ALDERNEY

HMS ALDERNEY (P416), was an A-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Vickers-Armstrongs at Barrow and launched 25 June 1945 by Mrs Molly Wallis, wife of Sir Barnes Wallis. She was broken up at Cairn Ryan, Scotland in 1972

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I remember HMS ANDREW of this class. She was last to decommission I think c1972. She was also the last RN sub to have a gun mounted on her casing. This I believe was fitted for service in the FES.
 

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Andrew carried a gun right up until the time she was decommissioned in 1974.
The Amphion-class submarine was launched on April 6 in 1946 and was originally fitted with a gun in the conning tower structure. This gun was removed during her major refit when she was streamlined.
She was fitted with a 4-inch deck gun in 1964 for service during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation to counter blockade-running junks. HMS Andrew was the oldest submarine of the Amphion class in service and the last UK submarine to carry a deck gun. She was also the last submarine designed during the Second World War remaining in service and was the first submarine to cross the Atlantic submerged using the 'snort' in May 1953.
The 2,500-nautical mile trip was made from Bermuda to England and took 15 days in total. It set a new world record for continuous underwater operation.
HMS Andrew was used in the 1959 Stanley Kramer film On the Beach to depict the fictional United States Navy nuclear submarine USS Sawfish because the US Navy did not cooperate in the production of the film.
HMS Andrew also appeared as HMS Trojan in the 1950 submarine disaster story Morning Departure - about a sub entangled by a magnetic mine with her trapped crew awaiting rescue.
In 1973, she was 'caught' by the Teignmouth trawler "EMMA WILL", in her nets. The trawler was towed stern first and called for help before "ANDREW" broke out of the nets.
The final months of her service were spent as a 'target' to train anti-submarine ships and aircraft.
In December, 1974, she made a farewell visit to London, before returning to Devonport on the 18th to payoff.
Her gun was fired for the last time in December 1974 and removed when decommissioned and has been preserved The submarine was sold to be broken up in 1977.
Attempts to preserve her failed and she was finally scrapped Davis and Cann Ltd., at Plymouth in 1977.
 

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Talking of HMS Andrew, she sat at the Davis and Cann Ltd scrapyard adjacent to Laira Bridge for what seemed like an age when I was a lad. The sight of her, together with the Porpoise class boat, HMS Rorqual, always fascinated, and saddened me.
Nige
 

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