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V Class (1915) SS

The firm of Vickers dominated early British submarine construction.

This was threatened when the S Class (1914) and W Class (1915) experimental submarines were under construction at Scott of Greenock and Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

So Vickers designed the V Class (1915) to compete.

Although classed as having a double hull this was only around the middle section. Also fewer battery cells than was normal for the size of boat were installed. Which meant that while the design underwater speed was met, it could only be kept for a limited range.

Four boats were built and commissioned into the Royal Navy.

Although an experimental class, they remained in service until 1919. 

 

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This page last edited - 07 April, 2013.

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