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ROYAL NORWEGIAN NAVY (NORWAY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ÅLESUND destroyers

Ålesund as originally designed

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
I   MV Horten 4/1939 29/5/1941 --- captured by Germany on the stocks 9/4/1940 (ZN5), never completed
Ålesund J23 MV Horten 4/1939 30/6/1943 --- captured by Germany on the stocks 9/4/1940 (ZN4), returned incomplete 2/1945, cancelled 1950

 

 

Displacement standard, t

1220

Displacement full, t

1694

Length, m

94.5 pp 100.6 oa

Breadth, m

10.6

Draught, m

2.70 normal 3.20 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

De Laval geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

30000

Max speed, kn

34

Fuel, t

oil 300

Endurance, nm(kts) 3100(19)

Armament

1 x 2 - 120/44 Bofors, 2 x 1 - 120/44 Bofors, 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors, 2 x 1 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 533 TT

Complement

130

Ship project history: The first real destroyers of the Norwegian Navy, it is not enough yield in the sizes and armament structure to foreign destroyers. Building was approved in 1938. Basis for designing was project of Sleipner class, and in spite of on twice larger displacement, the destroyer had almost indistinguishable from prototype outline profile. All artillery should be delivered by Bofors.

To the beginning of the German intrusion ships were on slipways and yet had no names. After occupation of Norway Kriegsmarine has decided to finish these ships for itself, having appropriated to them numbers ZN4 and ZN5. This invention has gone out nothing, as works were sabotaged by the personnel of shipyard. Hulls were launched but after that works were actually stopped.

Further fate of ZN5 is unknown. ZN4 after country liberation have decided to finish building and even received a name, but works have not started, and in 1950 completion have cancelled.

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