HNoMS St Albans (I 15)
Destroyer of the Town class
World Ship Photo Library Photograph with thanks to Jan Visser
|Navy||The Royal Norwegian Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||23 Mar 1918|
|Launched||4 Jul 1918|
|Commissioned||14 Apr 1941|
|End service||Feb 1944|
Returned to the Royal Navy on 4 February 1944.
|Former name||HMS St. Albans (I 15)|
Commands listed for HNoMS St Albans (I 15)
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|1||Gunnar Hovdenak,||14 Apr 1941||27 Jul 1941|
|2||Skule Valentin Storheill,||27 Jul 1941||6 Jun 1943|
|3||Folke Hauger Johannesen,||6 Jun 1943||3 Aug 1943|
|4||Harald Voltersvik,||3 Aug 1943||4 Feb 1944|
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Notable events involving St Albans include:
Served with the Liverpool Escort Force from 22 June 1941 until 01 December 1942.
Served with the Western Local Escort Force at Halifax, Canada from 19 April 1943 until 26 December 1943. (1)
18 Jun 1941
HNoMS St. Albans picks up 20 survivors from the British merchant Empire Dew that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 north of the Azores in position 51°09'N, 30°16'W on 12 June 1941.
3 Aug 1941
German U-boat U-401 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50°27'N, 19°50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN), the Norwegian destroyer St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill) and the British corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR).
2 May 1942
During escort of a Murmansk convoy HNoMS St Albans detected and sank a submarine believed to be a German U-boat. The submarine however was the Polish submarine ORP Jastrzab P 551 which had by mistake manoeuvred herself into the convoy. HNoMS St Albans picked up the survivors and transported them to Murmansk. (1)
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