HMS Repulse (S23)

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HMS Repulse (S23) in the Firth of Clyde c1979.jpg
HMS Repulse in the Firth of Clyde circa 1979
United Kingdom
NameHMS Repulse
OrderedMay 1963
BuilderVickers Shipbuilding Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down12 March 1965
Launched4 November 1967
Commissioned28 September 1968
Decommissioned28 August 1996
StatusStored at Rosyth, awaiting disposal
BadgeShips crest of HMS Repulse (S23).jpg
General characteristics
Class and type Resolution-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacementsurfaced 7,500 tons; submerged 8,400 tons.
Length425 ft (130 m)
Beam33 ft (10 m)
Draught30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)
Propulsion1 × Vickers/Rolls-Royce PWR.1 pressurised-water nuclear reactor, 27,500 shp (20,500 kW); Propeller.
Speedsurface - 20 kn (37 km/h); submerged - 25 kn (46 km/h)
RangeUnlimited except by food supplies
Complement143 per crew (two crews port and starboard)

HMS Repulse (S23) was a Resolution-class ballistic missile submarine of the Royal Navy.

HMS Repulse was one of two Resolution-class ballistic missile submarines ordered from Vickers-Armstrongs on 8 May 1963, with a further two ordered from Cammell Laird the same day. Repulse was laid down at Vickers Armstrongs' Barrow-in-Furness shipyard on 12 March 1965 and was launched on 4 November 1967,[1] running aground in the Walney Channel during the launch, although she was undamaged and successfully floated off on the next high tide.[2] She commissioned on 28 September 1968.[3] While she was planned to be the third of her class, delays with the build of HMS Renown at Cammell Laird's Birkenhead shipyard meant that Repulse overtook Renown and was commissioned second of class.[4] She was the last of her class remaining in service with the navy, decommissioning in 1996.


  1. Blackman 1971, p. 335.
  2. Hennessey and Jinks 2016, pp. 249–250.
  3. Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p. 531.
  4. Hennessey and Jinks 2016, pp. 251–252.
  • Blackman, Raymond V.B. Jane's Fighting Ships 1971–72. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. ISBN 0-354-00096-9.
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen, eds. (1995). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
  • Hennessey, Peter; Jinks, James (2016). The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-241-95948-0.

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