ORP Orkan (G90)

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For other ships of the same name, see ORP Orkan and HMS Myrmidon.
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Name: HMS Myrmidon
Namesake: Myrmidon
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland
Laid down: December 7, 1939
Launched: December 2, 1941
Decommissioned: November 18, 1942
Fate: transferred to the Polish Navy
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Name: ORP Orkan
Namesake: European windstorm
Acquired: November 18, 1942
Commissioned: November 18, 1942
Decommissioned: October 8, 1943
Fate: sunk with 178 hands, 44 saved
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,935 tons standard
Length: 362 ft (110 m)
Beam: 36 ft 9 in (11.20 m)
Draught: 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, 2 shaft geared turbines,
48,000 hp
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h)
Complement: ca. 200
Armament: Six 4.7-inch (119 mm) guns (3x2),
1 four barreled pom-pom (40 mm),
Eight 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2x4)

ORP Orkan formerly HMS Myrmidon was an M-class destroyer of the Polish Navy during World War II. The name translates as "windstorm". She was sunk by U-378 on October 8, 1943 in the Barents Sea. There were 179 dead and 44 survivors.

Construction[edit]

She was built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Govan, Scotland.

Royal Navy service[edit]

She was originally commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Myrmidon; she was transferred to the free Polish Navy based in Britain in December 1942.

Orkan served in the Arctic, In early 1943, the destroyer escorted the convoy JW-53 to Russia, returned with the convoy RA-52 and then operated as convoy escort in the North Atlantic. In July 1943, she transferred the body of the Polish Supreme Chief General Władysław Sikorski from Gibraltar to England.

Sinking[edit]

At 07.05 hours on 8 October 1943, the ORP Orkan (under Lt. Stanisław Hryniewiecki) was hit by a GNAT homing torpedo from U-378 while escorting the convoy SC 143 and sank within a few minutes. One officer and 43 ratings were rescued by HMS Musketeer.

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Coordinates: 56°08′N 27°05′W / 56.133°N 27.083°W / 56.133; -27.083