Parthian-class submarine

HMS Phoenix, 1939
Class overview
Name: Parthian class
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Odin class
Succeeded by: Rainbow class
In commission: 19291946
Completed: 6
Lost: 5
General characteristics [1]
  • 1,760 long tons (1,790 t) surfaced
  • 2,040 long tons (2,070 t) submerged
Length: 289 ft (88 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 16 ft (4.9 m)
  • Diesel-electric
  • 2 × Admiralty diesel engines, 4,640 hp (3,460 kW)
  • 2 × electric motors, 1,635 hp (1,219 kW)
  • 2 shafts
  • 17.5 knots (20.1 mph; 32.4 km/h) surfaced
  • 8.6 kn (9.9 mph; 15.9 km/h) submerged
Complement: 53

The Parthian-class submarine or P class was a class of six submarines built for the Royal Navy in the late 1920s. They were designed as long-range patrol submarines for the Far East. These boats were almost identical to the Odin class, the only difference being a different bow shape.


Name Builder Launched Fate
Pandora (ex-Python) Vickers, Barrow 22 August 1929 Sunk by Italian aircraft in harbour at Valletta, Malta 1 April 1942. Raised in September 1943, but not repaired. Hulk scrapped in 1955.
Parthian Chatham Dockyard 22 June 1929 Lost between 6 August and 11 August 1943 in the Adriatic. Presumed mined.
Perseus Vickers, Barrow 22 May 1929 Most likely to have been Mined in the Ionian Sea between the islands of Kefallonia and Zakynthos off the west coast of Greece, 6 December 1941.
Phoenix Cammell Laird 3 October 1929 Presumed sunk on 16 July 1940 in depth charge attack by the Italian torpedo boat Albatros off the coast of Sicily.
Poseidon Vickers, Barrow 21 June 1929 Sank in accidental collision with a merchant steamer on 9 June 1931. Wreck alleged to have been salvaged by China during 1970s.[2]
Proteus Vickers, Barrow 23 July 1929 Scrapped in March 1946 at Troon.


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