HMS Oribi (G66)
|Ordered:||3 September 1939|
|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland|
|Laid down:||15 January 1940|
|Launched:||14 January 1941|
|Commissioned:||5 July 1941|
|Decommissioned:||1 January 1946|
|Norway 1941, Malta convoys 1941, North Africa 1942, Arctic convoys 1942-44, Atlantic 1943-44, Normandy 1944|
|Fate:||Sold to Turkey|
|Class and type:||O-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,540 long tons (1,560 t)|
|Length:||345 ft (105 m) o/a|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Speed:||37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)|
|Range:||3,850 nmi (7,130 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)|
HMS Oribi (G66) was an O-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. Following the style of her sister ships she was named with a word beginning with O. Originally she was to have been christened HMS Observer, but Because her building was sponsored by the South African government she was christened HMS Oribi, after the oribi, a South African antelope.In 1942,after a successful warship week,the ship was "adopted"by Havant, hampshire
Second World War service
Oribi was one of the destroyers that supported Operation Archery, the November 1941 commando raid on Norway, by shelling the islands and attacking German shipping in the sheltered anchorage. She also assisted to bring Norwegian nationals home after the raid to escape the German occupation.
Oribi was transferred to the Turkish Navy in 1946 and renamed Gayret, to replace a previous ship of that name requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the Second World War and lost during hostilities. She received the new pennant number D15 and was used as a headquarters ship.
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