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ORP Jastrząb ("Hawk") was a Holland-type S-class submarine, originally of the United States Navy, in Polish service between 1941 and 1942, when she was lost to friendly fire. ORP is a traditional ship prefix in the Polish Navy. ... [[1]] The United States S-class submarines, often simply called the S-boats, were the first class of submarines built to a United States Navy design. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Friendly fire or non-hostile fire is United States military parlance for fire from friendly forces, as opposed to fire coming from enemy forces, which is known as enemy fire. In a friendly fire incident, forces or material assets of one side are attacked and damaged in error by those...


She was laid down in October 1918 as USS S-25, and launched in 1922. In 1940 she was set aside as a training vessel, and then earmarked for transfer to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease. USS S-25 (SS-130) was a first-group (S-1 or Holland) S-class submarine of the United States Navy. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ...


She was decommissioned from the US Navy on 4 November 1941, and simultaneously transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS P551; shortly thereafter she was loaned to the exile Polish government, and entered service with the Polish Navy under Lieutenant Commander Bolesław Romanowski, due to a lack of trained submarine crews in the Royal Navy at the time. Polish Navy Ensign Manuevers of the Polish Navy - Baltic Sea The Polish Navy (Polska Marynarka Wojenna, PMW) is the branch of Poland armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


Whilst escorting convoy PQ-15 to Murmansk, Jastrzab on 2 May 1942 she was mistakenly engaged by the destroyer HMS St. Albans (ex-USS Thomas) and the minesweeper HMS Seagull, and was sunk shortly thereafter, with the loss of five crew. May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1942 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The first USS Thomas (DD–182) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS (I-15), as a Town class destroyer. ...


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Bramble PQ15 (1933 words)
Captain (D) in HMS Somali was detached to close HMS Bulldog (The Senior Officer of the Escorts to QP!!), in order to discover what tactics were being employed by German destroyers in their attacks and any other information of interest.
But the fact remains that HMS Bramble from the central position of the screen opened fire with her Oerlikon guns first, and that if HM Ships Somali and Matchless had been a few seconds “quicker on the trigger” the attack might have been hampered a little and perhaps another aircraft brought down.
HMS Somali was forced to alter course a little to starboard to comb tracks of torpedoes, one passing very close down her starboard side and it is possible that these torpedoes were fired by the submarine.
USS S-25 (SS-130) - Biocrawler (400 words)
In December, she was detached and ordered to Key West, Florida, where she provided training services into May 1941, then returned to New London to prepare for transfer under the terms of the lend-lease agreement.
S-25 was decommissioned on 4 November 1941 and simultaneously transferred to Great Britain where she was renamed HMS P551.
Albans (ex-USS Thomas) and the minesweeper HMS Seagull.
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