Allied Warships

HNoMS Utsira (P 85)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Norwegian Navy
PennantP 85 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down21 May 1943 
Launched22 May 1944 
Commissioned24 Aug 1944 
End service 

HMS Variance was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy upon completion on 24 August 1944. She was renamed Utsira. Utsira was scrapped at Hamburg in 1965.

Former nameHMS Variance

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Notable events involving Utsira include:

6 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from the Clyde for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne). They are escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (1)

4 Jan 1945
HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne) departed from Dundee for her 3rd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Frohavet - Foldenfjord area. She is to proceed to Lerwick first where she arrived late on the 5th.

6 Jan 1945
HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne) departed from Lerwick harbour at 0905 hours (zone -1) for the patrol area.

16 Jan 1945
HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne) torpedoed and sank the German patrol vessel V 6408 /Skagerak (1281 GRT, built )

5 Apr 1945
HNoMS Utsira (Lt.Cdr. Valvatne) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Torridal (1381 GRT, offsite link) off the Follafjord, Norway.


  1. ADM 173/18917

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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