HMS Beaufort (L14)

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HMS Beaufort 1945 IWM FL 1701.jpg
Beaufort in May 1945
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Beaufort
Ordered: 4 September 1940
Builder: Cammell Laird
Laid down: 17 July 1940
Launched: 9 June 1941
Commissioned: 3 November 1941
Career (Norway)
Name: KNM Haugesund
Acquired: transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1952
Identification: F312
Fate: Sold for breaking up in 1965
Notes: Pennant number: D312 changed to F312 after 1956
General characteristics
Class and 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[edit]

She was captained by Lt-Cdr Sir Standish O'Grady Roche, Bart, DSO in the Second Battle of Sirte, 22 March 1942.

Postwar service[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] She was scrapped in 1965[3]

KNM Haugesund circa 1960.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critchley, Mike, "British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers", Maritime Books: Liskeard, UK, 1982. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2, page 35
  2. ^ Blackman, Raymond V B, Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, London, p188
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Beaufort (L 14)". Allied Warships of WWII. Uboat.net. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 

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