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She was sunk by Italian destroyers 1940; and Odin by Strale on June Osiris and Otus survived to be scrapped in 1946. 14, 1, 1940. — Odin built by Chatham dockyard Olympus, Orpheus built by Beardmore Osiris, Oswald, Otus built by Vickers-Arm- — — Barrow motors, and with larger dimensions overall there was a corresponding improvement in strongs, were built by Bethlehem at Fore River. 5/9 knots (surfaced/submerged) Armament: 1 4-in (102-mm); 2 machine-guns; 8 21 -in (53-cm) torpedo tubes (6 bow, 2 stern), 16 torpedoes Crew.

The resulting Oberon design was significantly larger than the earlier 'L' Class ocean-going submarines, with displacement increased to 1311 tons. 2 (4 ft). The increased dimensions permitted extra bunkerage to be provided for the larger radius of action which was required. The 'L' Class carried 76 tons of oil while Oberon carried a total of 185 tons which nearly doubled her surfaced radius of m 1 2034 fuel tanks in the saddle tanks for the extra bunkerage. These were prone to leaks and left a tell-tale slick behind the submarine when it was submerged.

The principle of this system was to release the breech block from a rearward position so that it ran forward and collected a cartridge from the magazine, rammed it into the chamber and, while still moving, fired it so that the reaction on the spent case had first to stop the moving parts and then reverse them. The mass required for the breech block could thus be considerably engineers subsequently reduced; Oerlikon made the gun more reduced the block's compact and further weight to a mere 3 kg (7 lb) by attaching the block to two arms which passed alongside the gun body to a collar around the barrel, where they retained a powerful coil spring.

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