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Name: USURPER launched as P 56
Type: Submarine
Keel: 18/09/1941
Launched: 24/09/1942
Completed: 02/02/1943
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 45
Dimensions: 545disp surf, 740disp subm, 197.0ft x 16.0 x 12.8(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Oil engines, RXS type, 6cyl (9.5 x 12ins), 400bhp; 2 x Electric motors, 275Kw
Engines by: Davey, Paxman & Co Ltd, Colchester
Paxman Ricardo diesel generators
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 11.5knots surf, 9.0knots subm
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 3.0ins gun, 4 x 21.0ins torpedoes
History:
02/02/1943 British Royal Navy
03/10/1943 Sank
Comments: Member of the U Class (Group 2) of submarines
24/09/1942: Launched as P 56
03/10/1943: Sunk by German patrol vessel UJ 2208, off Genoa, with the loss of 35 crew


Profile & Decks plan of a typical U/V Class (Group 2) courtesy of MP Cocker. Click HERE to enlarge