Allied Warships

HNoMS St Albans (I 15)

Destroyer of the Town class


St Albans as seen mid-war.

World Ship Photo Library Photograph with thanks to Jan Visser

NavyThe Royal Norwegian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassTown 
PennantI 15 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down23 Mar 1918 
Launched4 Jul 1918 
Commissioned14 Apr 1941 
End serviceFeb 1944 
History

Returned to the Royal Navy on 4 February 1944.

 
Former nameHMS St. Albans (I 15)

Commands listed for HNoMS St Albans (I 15)

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CommanderFromTo
1Gunnar Hovdenak, 14 Apr 194127 Jul 1941
2Skule Valentin Storheill, 27 Jul 19416 Jun 1943
3Folke Hauger Johannesen, 6 Jun 19433 Aug 1943
4Harald Voltersvik, 3 Aug 19434 Feb 1944

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Noteable 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)

12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Empire Dew is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 in the North Atlantic in position 51°09'N, 30°16'W. HNoMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill) later picks up 19 survivors.

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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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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