HMS Beaufort (L14)
Beaufort in May 1945
|Ordered:||4 September 1940|
|Laid down:||17 July 1940|
|Launched:||9 June 1941|
|Commissioned:||3 November 1941|
|Name:||KNM Haugesund (F312)|
|Acquired:||transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1952|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up in 1965|
|Notes:||Pennant number: D312 changed to F312 after 1956|
|Class & type:||Hunt-class destroyer|
HMS Beaufort was a Hunt class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was laid down on 17 July 1940 at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. She was launched on 9 June 1941 and commissioned on 3 November 1941. She was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1952 and scrapped in 1965.
Second World War service
On 10 June 1945 Beaufort arrived in Cardiff from the Mediterranean for a refit, however this was abandoned and she was towed to Devonport and placed in reserve.
In 1952 she was sold to Norway and renamed Haugesund. In 1954 she was fitted with lattice masts and two Squid Anti-submarine mortars, in place of the 'X' gun turret on the aft of the ship. She was scrapped in 1965
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