Varne (P66)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: Scrapped in 1965

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HMS Varne was supposed to be transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy as Haai but due to the loss of most of its crew while on transfer from Australia to the UK the transfer did not take place.

Instead, HMS Varne was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy. She was commissioned as Ula.

Ula was sold to be broken up for scrap in December 1965 to H. Eckhart GmbH (Hamburg, Germany). She was scrapped in Hamburg in 1966.

The name Varne was reissued to a V Class boat.


29-04-1942 : Laid Down
22-01-1943 : Launched
28-03-1943 : Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy before completion on 28 March 1943
03-04-1943 : Completed and commissioned into the Royal Norwegian Navy as Ula
22-11-1943 : Whilst serving with the Royal Norwegian Navy, HNoMS Ula torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Arcturus northwest of Stadlandet in the Vanylsgapet, about 2.5 nautical miles north of Honningsvaeg, Norway.

The Arcturus was already damaged, on fire and under tow after an attack by British aircraft earlier in the day. The Arcturus was towed by the auxiliary patrol vessel V 5101 and escorted by the auxilirary submarine chaser UJ 1709. Ula fired one torpedo at a whale catcher and one torpedo at the Arcturus. Both torpedoes however hit the Arcturus. The two escort vessels joined by the tug Furu and the minesweeper M 5615 searched for survivors and twenty-one men were rescued. Ula escaped without any counterattack.


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