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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

"Battle" destroyers, 2nd group (1946 - 1948)

Agincourt 1947

Dunkirk 1963

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Agincourt I06, 1948- D86 664 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1943 29/1/1945 6/1947 BU 10/1974
Aisne I22, 1948- D22 74 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 8/1943 12/5/1945 3/1947 BU 6/1970
Alamein I17, 1948- D17 665 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 3/1944 28/5/1945 5/1948 BU 12/1964
Albuera   75 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 9/1943 28/8/1945 --- cancelled 12/1945
Barrosa I68, 1948- D68 615 John Brown, Clydebank 12/1943 17/1/1945 2/1947 BU 12/1978
Belle Isle   714 Fairfield, Govan 11/1943 7/2/1946 --- cancelled 12/1945
Corunna I97, 1948- D97   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 4/1944 29/5/1945 6/1947 sold 8/1974
Dunkirk I09, 1948- D09 603 A. Stephens, Linthouse 7/1944 27/8/1945 11/1946 BU 11/1965
Jutland (ex-Malplaquet) I16, 1948- D62 604 A. Stephens, Linthouse 11/1944 20/2/1946 4/1947 BU 10/1965
Matapan I43, 1948- D43 616 John Brown, Clydebank 3/1944 30/4/1945 9/1947 sold 5/1979
Mons   668 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 6/1945 --- --- cancelled 12/1945
Namur   1152 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 4/1944 12/6/1945 --- cancelled 12/1945
Navarino   1153 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1944 21/9/1945 --- cancelled 12/1945
Omdurman   715 Fairfield, Govan 3/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/1945
Oudenarde   1715 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 10/1944 11/9/1945 --- cancelled 12/1945
San Domingo   1154 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 12/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

2380 - 2400

Displacement full, t

3400 - 3420

Length, m

108.2 pp 115.5 oa

Breadth, m

12.3

Draught, m

4.67 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

50000

Max speed, kn

35.75

Fuel, t

oil 727, diesel oil 40

Endurance, nm(kts) 4400(20)

Armament

2 x 2 - 114/45 RP.10 Mk IV, 1 x 1 - 114/45 RP.50 Mk V, 2 x 2 - 40/60 STAAG Mk II, 1 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk VII, 2 x 5 - 533 TT, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 ASWRL

Sensors

2x type 262, type 275, 2x type 282, type 291, type 293 radars, type 170, type 174 sonars

Complement

281 - 306

Ship project history: The unique destroyer class created in Britain in days of war taking into account its experience and taken symbolical part in operations. Works on the design of new destroyer of the 1942 program have begun in summer of previous year. For the first time in British practice DP guns in highly mechanized mounts and corresponding fire control system were provided. As a starting point for designing "L" class destroyers had been chosen, which dimensions have a little increased (basically a hull breadth) for arranging of heavier armament consisting of two twin 120mm DP turrets with 80  elevation angle, three twin 40mm Boforses with radar aiming, 6 single 20mm Oerlikons and two quadruple TT. All main guns took places in a bow since experience of the first years of war has shown, that English destroyers seldom shoot aft. This decision later has served as an occasion to design criticism. It is necessary to mark, however, that installation "B" stood freely enough, had circular rotation and "dead" aft sector was not so great, as it seems at first sight.

Transition to usage of a high-parameters steam (pressure of 50kgf/cm2, in comparison with 21 kgf/cm2 on previous classes, since "A") became the important innovation.

In March, 1942 the important decision to transition from 120mm to 114mm guns with better ballistic characteristics and more heavy shell was accepted. The unitary cartridge developed for this gun has appeared too heavy for work with it on such small ships as destroyers. Therefore the gun (is more exact, its breech) has been re-designed to separate loading. Test of new artillery system has passed on destroyer Savage ("S" class). Simultaneously armament included 102mm/40 DP gun for star shells (instead of a traditional searchlight) and have increased to 4 number of twin Boforses. For raise of efficiency antiaircraft artillery it was supposed to equip the ships with stabilizers, but they have appeared only on Camperdown.

8 more ships of modified design (so-called "Battle" of 1943 program, with new fire control system, fifth 114mm gun and quintuple TTs) have become operational in 1946-1948. The beam was 1m more for compensation of top weight increasing. US Mk 37 director was installed. Single 114mm gun had 55 maximal elevation. Two twin Boforses were in STAAG triaxial mounts and one biaxial.

Modernizations: 1960 - 1962, 4 ships were converted to radar pickets, as follows:

Agincourt 1963

Name No Reconstructed Yard Fate
Agincourt D86 1960 - 1962   BU 10/1974
Aisne D22 1960 - 1962   BU 6/1970
Barrosa D68 1960 - 1962   BU 12/1978
Corunna D97 1960 - 1962   sold 8/1974

 

Displacement standard, t

2780

Displacement full, t

3430

Length, m

108.2 pp 115.5 oa

Breadth, m

12.3

Draught, m

4.70 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

50000

Max speed, kn

35.75

Endurance, nm (at sped, kts)

4400 (15)

Armament

1 x 4 Sea Cat GWS20 SAM (8 Sea Cat), 2 x 2 - 114/45 Mk 4, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 ASWRL

Sensors

type 965P (AKE-2), type 262, type 275, type 277Q, type 293Q, type 978 radars, type 170, type 177 sonars, UA-8/9/10, type 667 ECM suites

Complement

268

 

Naval service: Matapan was never commissioned. She was laid up when completed and converted to sonar trials ship in 1971 - 1973. All radar pickets were laid up to 1970.

 

Agincourt 1964

Many thanks to Borys Estrin for additional information on this page.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15