HMS Torbay

HMS Torbay

HMS Torbay is in her 28th year of service and remains a force to be reckoned with. Fitted with a world-beating sonar suite, essentially her ears, the system is so sensitive she can hear vessels over 50 miles away.

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She also has enough computing power to drive 3000 PS3’s–albeit with no games to play.

She is fitted with a nuclear reactor which enables prolonged periods of dived operations without the need to re-fuel and the ability to make air and water - the only thing that limits her endurance is food.

Her arsenal includes the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo which has both an anti-ship and anti-submarine capability and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) which can be used to strike at the enemies well inland, from the relative safety of the sea.

Her motto is taken from the family motto of William of Orange who landed in Brixham in 1688 and became King of England in 1689.

Submariners exercise the Freedom of the Borough of Barrow

Submariners exercise the Freedom of the Borough of Barrow


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Unit History

The First HMS Torbay1693

The first HMS Torbay was launched in 1693,the name to commemorate the landing of William of Orange at Torbay in 1688. Serving with distinction for 56 years,  finally broken up in 1749.

The Second Torbay1750

Originally called Neptune launched in 1683. August 1750 she was re-launched as HMS Torbay. She became the Flagship of a small force sent to Newfoundland to deal with the French.

The Third Torbay1919

Launched on 6th March 1919. Built in the inter-war years she saw little action, only a short spell in the Baltic at the time of the Russian Revolution, then presented to the Canadian Navy in 1928

The Fourth Torbay1938

A ‘T’ Class submarine, laid down at Chatham in November 1938 and completed on 15th January 1941 she proceeded to the Clyde on 21st January to join the Second Submarine Flotilla.

Dispatched to the Mediterranean1941

Dispatched to the Mediterranean on the 10th May 1941. Carrying out patrols in Central and Eastern Mediterranean waters, sinking 7 ships. She also retrieved allied troops from Crete in August 1941.


Torbay returned to the UK to refit in May 1942, returning to the Clyde she sailed, covering the passage of convoy JW 51A in December 1942.


On July 10th 1943 Torbay was part of an armada of 276 vessels of all types that took part in “Operation Husky”: the landings on Sicily, for which she received battle honors.

Special Operations1944

In March 1944 Torbay returned to Chatham for a refit. Once complete Torbay joined the Third Submarine Flotilla for work up, before leaving home waters in mid December 1944.

Returning to the UK1945

FHMS Torbay returned to the UK in October 1945,along with HMS Trident, was the only surviving ‘T’ Class submarine out of the original 15 built.  She was broken up early 1946.

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Commanding Officer Dan Knight

Rank: Commander

Commander Dan Knight joined the Royal Navy in 1995, he assumed command of HMS Torbay in May 2015.

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HMS Torbay is 85.4 metres long.

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