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Oruç Reis-class submarine

Turkish submarine TCG Oruç Reis
Class overview
Name: P611/Oruç Reis
Preceded by: U class
Succeeded by: V class
Completed: 4
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 624 tons standard, 683 tons full load surfaced
856 tons submerged
Length: 64 m (210 ft)
Beam: 6.81 m (22.3 ft)
Draught: 3.61 m (11.8 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft diesel-electric
Vickers diesels - 1200 hp
Electric motors - 780 hp
Speed: 13.7 knots (25.4 km/h) surfaced
8.4 knots (15.6 km/h) submerged
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,630 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 41 men
Armament: 5 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes - 4 bow internal, 1 stern external )
9 torpedoes
1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
1 × 20 mm gun

The Oruç Reis class submarines were ordered by the Turkish Navy from the British company Vickers in 1939. They were similar to the British S class submarines, but slightly smaller. They had the S class machinery but only four bow torpedo tubes. The four boats were requisitioned by the Royal Navy on the outbreak of World War II and fought in the British fleet as the P611 class. Two submarines were delivered to the Turks in 1942 in order to bolster Turkish strength against the threat from Nazi Germany and the remaining surviving submarine was delivered to the Turkish navy after the end of the war in 1945. The three Turkish boats were scrapped in 1957.

The P614 and P615 appear in the film We Dive at Dawn as HMS Sea Tiger.


All were built by Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness.

Turkish Name Named After Royal Navy number Launched Fate
Burak Reis Burak Reis HMS P614 19 October 1940 Returned to Turkey 1945, Scrapped 1957
Murat Reis Murat Reis HMS P612 20 July 1940 Returned to Turkey May 1942, Scrapped 1957
Oruç Reis Oruç Reis HMS P611 19 July 1940 Returned to Turkey May 1942, Scrapped 1957
Uluç Ali Reis Uluç Ali Reis HMS P615 1 November 1940 Sunk by U-Boat U-123 near Sierra Leone[1]


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