Loss of a Submarine

On 25th January 1968 the Israeli submarine Dakar was lost with all hands. I served aboard this submarine in 1963 when it was HMS Totem and I retain fond memories of those times. Today 45 years later, I still think of the crew lost in this tragedy. It matters not that I didn’t know them or if they were not part of the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Submariners of all Nations share a common and special bond, We have all been to the depths and understand the dangers and we mourn the loss of our brothers.

In 1965 T-class submarine HMS Totem was sold to the Israeli Navy and renamed INS Dakar. After commissioning in 1967 and on completion of various trials, Dakar left Portsmouth for Israel on 9 January 1968, expecting to arrive at her new home port on 2 February.
At 06:10 on 24 January Dakar transmitted her position, 34.16°N 26.26°E, just east of Crete. Over the next 18 hours she transmitted three control transmissions, which did not include her position; the last was at 00:02 25 January 1968. No further messages were received. The submarine was lost with all hands.
The INS Dakar now sails on her eternal patrol. Rest in Peace brave souls
God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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