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HMS Oribi (G66)
HMS Oribi
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Oribi
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
Fate: Sold to Turkey[1]
Career (Turkey)
Name: Gayret
Acquired: 1946
Fate: Scrapped 1965
General characteristics
Class & 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)
Propulsion: 2 × Pearson geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp (29,828 kW)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)
Range: 3,850 nmi (7,130 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 175
Armament: • 4 × single 4.7-inch guns
• 1 × quad QF 2-pdr "pom-pom"
• 6 × single 20 mm Oerlikon guns
• 2 × quad 21 inches (533 mm) torpedo tubes

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 for unknown reasons she was christened HMS Oribi, after the oribi, a South African antelope.

Oribi was one of the destroyers that supported the March 1941 Lofoten Island Commando raid ("Operation Claymore"), 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.

She saw extensive action during the Arctic and North Atlantic convoys of the Second World War. These included Convoy ONS 5 in May 1943, regarded as the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic.


  1. Ex-British O class destroyers at


  • 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. 

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