HMS Zetland (L59)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Zetland.
HMS Zetland (L59).jpg
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Zetland
Ordered: 20 December 1939
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow
Laid down: 2 October 1940
Launched: 7 March 1942
Commissioned: 27 June 1942
Out of service: Loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1952
Sold to them in July 1956
Honours and
Badge: On a Field Black. within a horseshoe inverted White, a lion's face Gold.
Career (Norway)
Name: HNoMS Tromsø
Acquired: By loan 1952
Purchased July 1956 Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy 31 October 1954 at South Shields Co Durham.
Fate: Sold for breaking up in 1965
General characteristics
Class & type: Hunt class destroyer,
Type II
Displacement: 1,050 tons standard;
1,490 tons full load
Length: 85.34 m
Beam: 9.62 m
Draught: 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Parsons geared turbines; 19,000 shp
Speed: 25.5 knots (25½ kts full)
Range: 3,600 nmi (6,670 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 164
  • 6 x QF 4 in Mark XVI on twin mounts Mk. XIX
  • AAA - 2 x 4 12.7mm Vickers, 2 x 20mm
  • 6 Thornycroft depth charge throwers,

HMS Zetland (L59) was a Type II Royal Navy Hunt-class destroyer, named after the Zetland Hunt.

Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow and launched on 7 March 1942. She was commissioned on 27 June 1942. HMS Zetland was given to the Royal Norwegian Navy and commissioned as HNoMS Tromsø. She was sold for breaking up in 1965.

During the Second World War, Zetland saw service in the Atlantic (1942–43), Malta Convoys (1942), north Africa (1942–43), Mediterranean (1943–44), Aegean (1944), Adriatic (1944) and Operation Dragoon, the landings in southern France in 1944.