HNoMS Balder

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HNoMS Balder - Sleipner class destroyer/frigate

This picture is after it was rebuilt into a Frigate, i couldn’t find any pictures of it before

BUILDING SITE: Marinens Hovedverft, Horten
LAUNCHED: 11. October 1939

1939 - Destroyer


3x 102mm cannons L/40
1x 40mm cannon Bofors L/60
2x 12.7mm cannons
2x 53.3cm torpedotubes

1948 Frigate


3x 76mm cannons
2x 40mm cannons
2x 20mm cannons

Here is a picture of a model, showing the placement of the guns with more 333937244-146048731689543-9209928787094493328-n hosted at ImgBB — ImgBB

the 3 biggest cannons here is the 3x 102mm ones, but they should be mounted in the same areas only replaced with 3x 76mm cannons

1957 Frigate


2x 76mm cannons
2x 40mm cannons
2x 20mm cannons
1x6 KONGSBERG TERNE ANTI SUBMARINE ROCKETS - launch pad with 6 rockets

You can see in the very end of the ship, the launchpad and where the TERNE launch pad is mounted, it replaced the 76mm cannon in the rear

Displacement: 597 tons
Length: 74.3m
Width: 7.8m
Depth: 2.8m
Crew: 75 men

2x De Laval steam turbines
Power: 12500 AHK
Speed: 32 Knots

1940: Taken over by German forces at Karljohansvern in Horten on 9 April
1940: Partially rebuilt and renamed “Torpedofangboot LEOPARD”
1945: Found in Korsør in Denmark and returned to Norway
1946: Pennant Number L 05
1948: Converted to Fregatt and renamed KNM Balder
1950: New pennant number F 304
1958: Explosion in the engine room while the vessel was docked in Horten
1959: Scrapped and sold
1962: Dismantled in Stavanger

On 9 April 1940, Balder was in Horten and was taken there by the Germans. The Germans gave it the name “LEOPARD”. It went on trial at the beginning of June 1940, funnily enough with Norwegian workers and crews. In July, an accident occurred on board. The Germans thought it was sabotage, but later accepted that it had been an accident. In 1945, Balder was returned to the Norwegian Navy after it had been found again in Korsør in Denmark, and somewhat later it was converted into a frigate. In 1959 it was decommissioned and sold for scrapping

The willingness to spend money on the country’s defense was very small in the interwar period. When it came to new vessels, the political defense commissions and the Marine authorities, at the Regulatory Commission, also did not agree on which types of vessels were needed. Politicians wanted smaller and less expensive vessels such as gunboats and torpedo boats. while the Navy believed there was a need for more powerful vessels. The 11 vessels that were launched up to 1929 were in reality the completion of the construction program from the First World War, while up to 1936 only the minesweeper Olav Tryggvason (1932) and the inspection ship Fridtjof Nansen (1930) were launched. The background for the Sleipner class was also a draft from the Navy for a fighter of 1000 tonnes, which was ordered to be reduced to around 700 tonnes (unequipped). It went beyond the armouring, seaworthiness and radius of action, and when the Storting in March 1933 decided to build the first one, it was simply called “large torpedo boat”. staffing was then also only 75 men. in order to achieve the greatest possible strength with the least possible weight, it was built with a longship frame system, except fore and aft. some special steel with greater strength was also used. The cabin bulkhead and superstructure were built in aluminum and the hull was built in aluminum and the hull was built with a single bottom. it received two sets of steam turbines and three oil-fired water tube boilers for artificial draft. It thus had a maximum speed of 32 knots. With 3 x 10cm cannons, 1x 40mm, 2x 12.7mm machine guns, two sinking mine-throwers and two torpedoes, it was still by far a fighter. Construction was added to the Navy’s main shipyard in Horten and Sleipner was launched on 7 May 1936. The exact background for when the other five vessels, in what became the Sleipner class, were adopted is not clear. As vessel number two, Ærger, was already launched on 25 August of the same year, it is reasonable to assume that this was also decided to be built in 1934-35. From the mid-1930s, it was realized that it was not realistic for Norway to have an Air Force strong enough to ensure neutrality, and that this had to be raised first and foremost at sea. It gave the will to increase investment in maritime surveillance. since they still did not want to build new armored ships, this has probably opened up the allocations for the last four of the sister ships. The Marine Museum itself has a specification for a destroyer of the Slipner type which is attached to the construction contract of 3 November 1938. This may indicate that Gyller, launched on 2 July 1938, was also decided on at an earlier time, and that this contract applied to the three remaining vessels in the class. In any case, it was during the count’s time, because, as we shall see, it was not all finished in time for 9 April 1940

Here is a picture of a model, showing the placement of the guns with more

“Tor” and “Balder”
These newest destroyers were launched, but not yet fully equipped from the shipyards, Tor, which was built in Fredrikstad, was sunk by its own crew so as not to fall into enemy hands. However, it was raised by the Germans on 16 April, after which it was repaired in Drammen, before going to Germany where it was named “tiger”. Balder was located at the Marine’s main shipyard in Horten, which was surrendered under threat of bombing. It was also fully equipped in Drammen, before it went to Germany and was named “leopard”. after service in the Skagerrak and Kattegat in the autumn of 1940, these two vessels also joined the 27 submarine flotilla.

During service in the Baltic, none of the four Norwegian fighters were involved in hostilities. they were thus in relatively good condition at the end of the war and they were eventually returned to Norway. Here they wanted to upgrade them to Frigates. Because budgets were tight, this upgrade was not completed until the early 1950s. the vessels sailed anyway in the years after the war and they were often stored in Horten or Bergen, KNM Balder was however given the honor of becoming a test vessel for the new Ternerakettes, and in that connection in 1958 it also made a one-way trip to Key West in Florida

In 1959, however, it was also the end of the old Sleipner class, which was decommissioned and sold for scrapping. Sleiper had also been formally kept in service as a frigate until the 1950s, almost as an honour. in connection with the preparation for sale, one of the workers at the shipyard in Horten had decided to take the old Sami doll home. On the way home, the man collided, and in the coming days he was pursued by several minor accidents. When he then heard the story of the doll, he found it safest to hand the doll over to the Marine Museum. Here it is still located, directly above the model by Sleipner. Removing the doll from this location is strongly discouraged

i will try and get pictrues of the models, so the details are possible to work out of






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