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HM Submarine Ocelot was commissioned 55 years ago…

31 January 2019

On this day in 1964, our Historic Warship HM Submarine Ocelot was commissioned.

What is a ship commissioning?

When a ship is commissioned, there is normally an act or ceremony which declares the ship in active service.

HM Submarine Ocelot

Ocelot was the last submarine built for the Royal Navy at Chatham Dockyard and today you can still see her and go on board as part of your entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

She was one of 57 submarines that were built here and served during the Cold War in the Arctic, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. She was powered by ASR1 (Admiralty Standard Range 1) diesel engines which were designed and built here too.

As an O-class diesel-electric submarine, her top speed was 17 knots when submerged and 12 knots on surface. She was fitted with 8 torpedo tubes and you can still see the torpedo rooms today!

69 men made up the complement and if you go on board you’d wonder how they all fit!

We won’t spoil too much of the exciting information about her as you can get a guided tour or a walk through on your visit – just book your time slot at Plan Your Visit to discover more!

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