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Class overview
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Odin class submarine
Succeeded by: Rainbow class submarine
In commission: 1929—1946
Completed: 6
Lost: 5
General characteristics [1]
Displacement: 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)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
2 × Admiralty diesel engines, 4,640 hp
2 × electric motors, 1,635 hp
2 shafts
Speed: 17.5 knots (20.1 mph; 32.4 km/h) surfaced
8.6 kn (9.9 mph; 15.9 km/h) submerged
Complement: 53

• 8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (6 bow, 2 stern) with 14 reloads
• 1 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk XII deck gun
After 1942 :
• 2 × 20 mm machine guns

• Equipped to lay mines through torpedo tubes

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


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


  1. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships


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