List of submarines of the Royal Navy

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This is a list of Royal Navy submarines, arranged chronologically. Submarines that are currently active and commissioned are shown below in bold.

Pre-First World War

HMS Holland 1, the first submarine to serve in the Royal Navy
A-class submarines, the first British-designed class

First World War

HMS G9 at Scapa Flow in 1917
HMS M2 with her sea plane
HMS Thorn

Interwar years

Second World War

HMS Alliance at Gosport (where she is now part of the submarine museum) in 1987
HMS Voracious in 1945

Cold War

To mid-1950s

Late 1950s to late 1980s

From HMS Porpoise Royal Navy submarines were given their own "S" pennant numbers.

A Valiant-class nuclear submarine. Whilst HMS Dreadnought had an American reactor, these were fully British-built
HMS Tireless at the North Pole

1990s to present

HMS Astute being launched

See also


  1. ^ "New Successor Submarines Named" (Press release). 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ "New nuclear submarine given famous naval name". BBC News. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.