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HMS Opportune Download high resolution version (1077x832, 80 KB)HMS Opportune (Oberon-class submarine). ...

Oberon-class RN Ensign
General Characteristics
Displacement: 2030t/2400t
Dimensions: 295ft x 26.6ft x 18ft (90m x 8.1m x 5.5m)
Armament: 8-21" (533mm) TT (6 bow, 2 stern. 24 torpedoes)
Later equipped to use Harpoon
Propulsion: 2 shafts, two 3680bhp (2.7MW) Admiralty Standard Range diesel generators,
two 12000hp (8.9MW) English Electric main motors
Speed: surfaced/submerged 12kts/17kts (22km/h/31km/h)
Range: 9,000 nautical miles (17,000km) at 12kts (22km/h)
Complement: 62

The Oberon-class was a thirteen-ship class of diesel-electric submarines of the Royal Navy, and were based on the successful Porpoise-class submarine. The Oberons were far more successful in the export market than their predecessor, with fourteen boats being operated by Australia (HMAS Oxley, Otway, Onslow, Ovens, Orion and Otama), Brazil, Canada (HMCS Ojibwa, Okanagan, Onondaga, Olympus and Osiris) and Chile. Image File history File links RN-White-Ensign. ... English Electric was a 20th century British industrial manufacturer with a base in electric motors that expanded to include railway locomotives and aviation before eventual inclusion as part of GEC. // History The English Electric Company was formed in 1918 and, during that year and 1919, acquired control of Dick, Kerr... HMS Vanguard, a Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMCS Windsor, a Victoria-class diesel-electric hunter-killer (SSK) submarine HMAS Rankin, a Collins-class diesel-electric guided missile (SSG) submarine USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... The Porpoise class was an eight-boat class of diesel-electric submarines of the Royal Navy. ...


The class differed from the Porpoises in that they had fibre-glass in the casing and other additional improvements helped the class become even more silent than the Porpoises. Additional new electronics and weapons, including in 1970 the Mk24 Tigerfish torpedo. The RAN and RCN O-boats were upgraded to fire American Mk48 torpedoes. The Canadian Oberons also used the NT-37 torpedo before the Mk48 was introduced. The Australian boats were later updated to be equipped with the subsonic anti-ship Harpoon missile. HMAS Ovens was only the second conventional submarine in the world - and the first Oberon - to fire a sub-surface launched Harpoon missile. Consequently, the boat's designation changed from SS to SSG. This occurred off the island of Kauai in Hawaii in 1985, where the target was successfully hit from over the horizon. Like the previous Porpoises, the Oberons were far quieter than their American counterparts. They performed remarkably well in clandestine operations, performing surveillance and inserting special forces, vital during their heyday in the Cold War. These operations were primarily carried out by the British across arctic Europe; the Canadians across the arctic Pacific; and the Australians throughout south-east Asia and as far north as the Sea of Japan. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Mk24-2 Tigerfish torpedo is a heavy Acoustic homing torpedo used by the Royal Navy for several years. ... The AGM-84 Harpoon is a US all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system. ... Kauai (usually called Kauai outside the Hawaiian Islands) is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands, having an area of 1,446 km² . Known also as the Garden Isle, Kauai lies 105 miles (170 kilometers) across the Kauai Channel, northwest of Oahu. ... Official language(s) Hawaiian and English Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 43rd 28,337 km² n/a km 2,450 km 41. ... The Cold War was the protracted geopolitical, ideological, and economic struggle that emerged after World War II between the global superpowers of the Soviet Union and the United States, supported by their respective and emerging alliance partners. ...


The Oberons were arguably the best conventional submarine class of its time, with an astonishing reputation for quietness that allowed it to exist into the 21st century until replaced by newer classes such as the Collins- and Victoria-classes in Australia and Canada respectively. In fact, the ability of the O-boats to run in total silence enabled Australian submarines to successfully attack USS Enterprise in a training exercise, despite a huge number of supporting ships 'protecting' it. The 21st century is the century that began on 1 January 2001 and will last to 31 December 2100. ... Collins Class submarines are a class of submarine built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy. ... The Victoria class consists of four diesel-powered Canadian Navy submarines acquired from the Royal Navy (formerly known as the Upholder class) and replacing the old Oberon-class subs. ...


The first of the class to be commissioned into the Royal Navy was Orpheus in 1960, followed by the nameship in 1961. The last to be commissioned was Onyx in 1967. Six were commissioned between 1967 and 1978 for the RAN. In 1982, HMS Onyx took part in the Falklands War, the only conventional submarine of the RN to do so, landing members of the SBS. All Oberons in service, including boats exported, have now been decommissioned; the last RN boats were decommissioned in 1993. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The HMS Onyx was an Oberon class submarine of the Royal Navy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the British Royal Navys Special Forces unit. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Helm Station
Helm Station

Two ships have now become museum ships in the UK. HMS Onyx is now at Birkenhead, Merseyside, where another Falklands veteran, HMS Plymouth, is located. The other boat, HMS Ocelot, is located at Chatham. HMAS Ovens, an Australian Oberon, is now a museum-ship, located at the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Fremantle, and the fin and casing of Otway are preserved on land at Holbrook, NSW. The HMAS Onslow is moored for tours at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. A further submarine, HMS Otus, is harboured in Sassnitz, Germany on the island of RĂ¼gen and can be visited. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2080x1544, 641 KB) Summary The Helm station on HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class decommisioned submarine. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2080x1544, 641 KB) Summary The Helm station on HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class decommisioned submarine. ... A museum ship, or sometimes memorial ship, is an old ship that has been preserved and converted into a museum open to the public. ... Map sources for Birkenhead at grid reference SJ3088 Birkenhead is a town on The Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, on the left bank of the River Mersey, opposite Liverpool. ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county, located in the North West of England. ... HMS Plymouth was a Rothesay class frigate in the Royal Navy from 1959 to 1988. ... Chatham is the name of an English town that developed around an important naval dockyard on the east bank of the River Medway in the county of Kent. ... HMAS Ovens (S-70) was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scott’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 17 June 1966, launched on 4 December 1967 by the Viscountess Slim and commissioned on 18 April 1969. ... The Western Australian Museum, Perth. ... Fremantle is a city located within the Perth metropolitan area on Australias western coast, at the mouth of the Swan River, 19 kilometres south from Perths Central Business District. ... HMAS Onslow (S-60), named for Onslow in Western Australia, was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 4 December 1967, launched on 3 December 1968 and commissioned on 22 December 1969. ... Sassnitz is a town on the Jasmund peninsula, Rügen Island, in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. ... Map of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania highlighting the district Rügen Rügen (Polish: Rugia) is an island located off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the Baltic Sea. ...


Note, some sources quote the complement as 68.


The Oberon class was briefly succeeded in RN service by the Upholder-class submarine, later leased to the Canadian Navy as the Victoria-class . The Upholder-class submarines (now known as the Victoria class in Canada, and also known as the Type 2400 due to their displacement of 2,400t) were diesel-electric hunter-killer (SSK) submarines designed in Britain the late 1970s to supplement the Royal Navys nuclear submarine force. ... The Victoria class consists of four diesel-powered Canadian Navy submarines acquired from the Royal Navy (formerly known as the Upholder class) and replacing the old Oberon-class subs. ...




Oberon-class submarine
Royal Navy
Oberon | Ocelot | Odin | Olympus | Onslaught | Onyx | Opportune | Opossum | Oracle | Orpheus | Osiris | Otter | Otus
Royal Australian Navy
Onslow | Orion | Otama | Otway | Ovens | Oxley
Royal Canadian Navy
Ojibwa | Okanagan | Onondaga | Olympus | Osiris
Brazilian Navy
Humaita | Riachuelo | Tonelero
Chilean Navy
O'Brien | Hyatt

List of submarines of the Royal Navy
List of submarine classes of the Royal Navy Name ship of the class and built at Chatham. ... HMS Ocelot (S17) was an Oberon-class diesel-electric submarine laid down by HM Dockyard at Chatham in Kent on 17 November 1960, launched on 5 May 1962 and commissioned on 31 January 1964. ... HMS Odin (S10) was an Oberon-class submarine of the Royal Navy. ... HMS Onslaught was an Oberon-class submarine of the Royal Navy built at Chatham. ... The HMS Onyx was an Oberon class submarine of the Royal Navy. ... HMS Opportune (S20) was an Oberon-class submarine of the Royal Navy. ... HMS OTUS Submarine of the O class. ... HMAS Onslow (S-60), named for Onslow in Western Australia, was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 4 December 1967, launched on 3 December 1968 and commissioned on 22 December 1969. ... HMAS Orion (S-71) was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 6 October 1972, launched on 16 September 1974 and commissioned on 15 June 1977. ... HMAS Otama (S-72) was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 25 May 1973, launched on 3 December 1975 and commissioned on 27 April 1978. ... Two submarines of the Royal Australian Navy have borne the name Otway. ... HMAS Ovens (S-70) was an Oberon class submarine laid down by Scott’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock in Scotland on 17 June 1966, launched on 4 December 1967 by the Viscountess Slim and commissioned on 18 April 1969. ... Two submarines of the Royal Australian Navy have borne the name Oxley, after explorer John Oxley. ... Built Chatham Dockyard. ... Built at Chatham Dockyard - the last warship to be built there. ... The HMCS Onondaga was an Oberon class submarine in the Royal Canadian Navy, later Canadian Forces. ... This is a list of Royal Navy submarines, arranged chronologically. ... This is a list of submarine classes of the Royal Navy. ...


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Oberon class submarine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (625 words)
The Oberon class was a thirteen-ship class of diesel-electric submarines of the Royal Navy, and were based on the successful Porpoise-class submarine.
The Oberons were arguably the best conventional submarine class of its time, with an astonishing reputation for quietness that allowed it to exist into the 21st century until replaced by newer classes such as the Collins and Victoria classes in Australia and Canada respectively.
The Oberon class was briefly succeeded in RN service by the Upholder class submarine, later leased to the Canadian Navy as the Victoria class.
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