HNoMS Stord (G26)

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HNoMS Stord 1943 IWM A 020865.jpg
HNoMS Stord in December 1943
Career (Norway)
Name: Stord
Namesake: The island of Stord
Builder: J. Samuel White
Laid down: 25 February 1942
Launched: 3 March 1943
Commissioned: 26 August 1943
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1959
General characteristics
Class & type: S-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,710 long tons (1,737 t) standard
2,400 long tons (2,439 t) full load
Length: 110.5 m (362 ft 6 in) o/a
Beam: 10.9 m (35 ft 9 in)
Draught: 3 m (9 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Parsons geared turbines, 40,000 hp (29,828 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: 36 knots (66.67 km/h)
Range: 4,680 nmi (8,670 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 180 men
Armament: • 4 × 4.7 in (120 mm) QF Mk IX guns
• 2 × 40 mm Bofors Mk IV anti-aircraft guns
• 6 × 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns
• 8 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

HNoMS Stord was an S-class destroyer that served with the Royal Norwegian Navy during and after World War II. She was laid down as HMS Success, but transferred to the Norwegians before completion. She was renamed HNoMS Stord when commissioned into the exiled Royal Norwegian Navy on 26 August 1943 under the command of Lt.-Cdr. Skule Storheill.

Arctic Convoys[edit]

Stord served in the Home Fleet in the 23rd Destroyer Flotilla. She played an important role in the sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst. After the battle, Admiral Fraser sent the following message to the Admiralty: "... Please convey to the C-in-C Norwegian Navy. Stord played a very daring role in the fight and I am very proud of her...".

In an interview in The Evening News on 5 January 1944 the commanding officer of HMS Duke of York said: "... the Norwegian destroyer Stord carried out the most daring attack of the whole action..."

Normandy Landings[edit]

In 1944 she also took part in the Normandy landings. Stord was officially purchased from the UK government in 1946 and scrapped in Belgium in 1959.

A model of Stord (approximately 300:1) can be seen in the D-Day museum at Arromanche, Normandy.

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