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HMS Urge

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HMS Urge was a British U-class submarine, of the second group of that class, built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness.

She was laid down on 30 October 1939 and was commissioned on 12 December 1940. She is the only Royal Navy ship to have borne the name. Urge spent most of her career operating in the Mediterranean, where she damaged or sank a number of mostly Italian warships and merchant vessels.

She was lost with all hands on 29 April 1942. There are several theories about her final fate. The long-held official view is that she was lost to a mine off Malta. Other theories suggest she was sunk by direct enemy action, the most common that she was lost to an Italian air attack off Libya.

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