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HNoMS Gribb
Tjeld-class patrol boat HNoMS Gribb
Class overview
Operators:  Royal Norwegian Navy
 United States Navy
 Hellenic Navy
 German Navy
 Turkish Navy
Built: 1959–1966
In commission: 1960–1992
Completed: 50
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 82 long tons (83 t)
Length: 24.5 m (80 ft 5 in)
Beam: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Napier Deltic Turboblown diesel engines, 6,200 hp (4,623 kW)
Speed: 45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h)
Complement: 18 men (Norwegian Navy)
Armament: • 1 × Bofors 40 mm gun
• 1 × 20 mm Rheinmetall gun
• 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The Tjeld class was a class of fast patrol boats (FPB) designed in Norway. They were used as torpedo boats in Norway where this type of vessel were called MTBs or motor torpedo boats (motortorpedobåt). The class was also known as the Nasty class.

The prototype Nasty was designed, built and tested during the fall of 1957. The Tjeld class was developed and introduced by Boat Services Ltd. A/S, Oslo, in close cooperation with Royal Norwegian Navy officers with World War II experience in fast patrol boats; the chief designer being naval architect Jan Herman Linge. The Norwegian Tjeld-class vessels were constructed at A/S Westermoen Båtbyggeri og Mek Verksted in Mandal.

The design was also sold to the USA, Greece and West Germany.

Six vessels were built in the USA by John Trumpy and Sons [3] of Annapolis, Maryland (some parts, such as the keel and stem being imported). The US Navy used them as PTF boats in the Vietnam War.

Vessels[edit]

Prototype[edit]

  • Nasty (1957-1974)

Royal Norwegian Navy[edit]

Twenty-two vessels were built in Norway from 1959 to 1966. This list is of the ships in the order of launch with the year of launch, the year the ship left the Norwegian Navy's hands and any other information about the fate of the ship.

All the vessels are named after birds or fish (and three sea mammals). Some of the boats were renamed as the bird names were going to be used for the Hauk-class patrol boat. The boats took over the names of other Tjeld-class vessels which were sold in 1981.

  • Tjeld (oystercatcher) (1959-1992) Renamed Sel. Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Sold for scrapping 1992.
  • Skarv (cormorant) (1959-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Teist (black guillemot) (1960-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Jo (skua) (1960-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Lom (common murre) (1961-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Stegg (male grouse) (1961-1992) Renamed Hval. Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Sold for scrapping 1992.
  • Hauk (hawk) (1961-1992) Renamed Laks. Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Sold for scrapping 1992. The hull was saved by Martin Mead, the present owner, moored at Mill Head, Gt Wakering, Essex
  • Falk (falcon) (1961-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Ravn (raven) (1961-1992) Renamed Knurr. Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Sold for scrapping 1992.
  • Gribb (vulture) (1961-?) Renamed Delfin. Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Was planned to be preserved by Kværner Mandal A/S, but later sold for scrapping.
  • Geir (great auk)(1962-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Erle (motacillidae)(1962-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Sel (seal) (1963-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Hval (whale) (1964-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Laks (salmon) (1964-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Hai (shark) (1964-?) Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Plans are currently underway for Hai to be preserved as a museum ship in Fredrikstad.
  • Knurr (grey gurnard) (1964-1981) Sold to Stapletask Ltd, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.
  • Lyr (pollack) (1965-1992) Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Sold for scrapping 1992.
  • Skrei (cod) (1965-?) Transferred to Naval Reserve and used by Sea Home Guard. Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy Museum and preserved as a museum ship.
  • Delfin (dolphin) (1966-1984) Given to Friends of the Shetland bus as a preservation project, but the project failed and the ship was given to a private person.

US Navy[edit]

14 vessels built in Norway and sold to USA. Six vessels built under licence in USA. This list contains the names of the vessels, first year of service in the US Navy, the year they left US Navy hands and any other information concerning their fate. Many were part of DESOTO patrols.

Hellenic Navy[edit]

Six vessels constructed in Norway and sold to Greece.

German Navy[edit]

Two vessels constructed in Norway and sold to the German Navy where they were called Schnellboot Nasty-Klasse Typ 152 and served as testboats.

Turkish Navy[edit]

Two ships transferred from the German Navy, after the tests were finished.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park". Buffalonavalpark.org. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Liberty-Maritime Museum: Liberty". Retrieved March 30, 2012. 

External links[edit]


Norwegian state flag
Royal Norwegian Navy patrol boat classes
 
HNoMS Rap 1873–1920
Rapp 1952–?
Tjeld 1959–1992
Storm 1965–2000
Snøgg 1970–1994
Hauk 1979–2009
Skjold 1999–Present

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