HNoMS Svenner (G03)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Shark.
Svenner at Scapa Flow.jpg
The S-class destroyer Svenner at Scapa Flow
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Shark
Builder: Scotts, Greenock[1]
Laid down: 5 November 1941
Launched: 1 June 1943
Identification: pennant number G03
Fate: Transferred to Norway
Career (Norway)
Name: Svenner
Namesake: The island of Svenner
Commissioned: 11 March 1944
Fate: Sunk 6 June 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: S-class
Displacement: 1,710 tons (standard)
Length: 363 ft (110.64 m)
Beam: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)
Draught: 14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)
Propulsion: 40,000 shp (30,000 kW), geared turbines, 2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (68.52 km/h)
Complement: 180 men

HNoMS Svenner was an S-class destroyer in the service of the exiled Royal Norwegian Navy during World War II. She was launched on 1 June 1943 as the Royal Navy ship HMS Shark (G03), but was rechristened HNoMS Svenner when she was commissioned in the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1944. Svenner was sunk off Sword Beach, Normandy, at dawn on 6 June 1944, while supporting the British Army landings.

HNoMS Svenner was hit by two torpedoes fired from one of two German T-boats, either Jaguar or Moewe of 5th T Flotilla operating out of Le Havre, that managed to get within firing range. Svenner was the only Allied ship to be sunk by German naval activity on the morning of 6 June. She was struck amidships, exploded, broke in two and sank very quickly. 32 Norwegian and one British crew were killed, 185 (15 wounded) were rescued from the crew of 219. (The book D-Day by Stephen Ambrose contains a photograph, in the 16 pages of photographs after page 160, of the moment that the Svenner blew up.)

The anchor from Svenner was recovered in 2003 and now forms 'The Svenner Memorial' at Sword Beach. The memorial can be found approximately 100 yards on the sea-side of the coast road at Hermanville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.

See also[edit]



  • Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1978). War Built Destroyers O to Z Classes. London: Bivouac Books. ISBN 0-85680-010-4. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1. 

Coordinates: 49°27′N 0°15′W / 49.450°N 0.250°W / 49.450; -0.250