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TORPEDO SHIPS

"S", "T", "U", "V" and "W" destroyers (1943 - 1944)

Grenville 1944

Savage 1944

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
"S" group
Saumarez G12 - D12 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 9/1941 20/11/1942 7/1943 damaged 22/10/1946, never repaired, BU 9/1950
Savage G20 - D27 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1941 24/9/1942 6/1943 BU 4/1962
Scorpion (ex-Sentinel) G72 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1941 26/8/1942 5/1943 to Netherlands 10/1945 (Kortenaer)
Scourge G01 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1941 8/12/1942 7/1943 to Netherlands 2/1946 (Evertsen)
Serapis G94 Scotts, Greenock 8/1941 25/3/1943 12/1943 to Netherlands 10/1945 (Piet Hein)
Shark G03 Scotts, Greenock 11/1941 1/6/1943 ---// 3/1944 to Norway at completion 3/1944 (Svenner)
Success G26 White, Cowes 2/1942 3/4/1943 ---// 9/1943 to Norway before completion 4/1943 (Stord)
Swift G46 White, Cowes 6/1942 15/6/1943 12/1943 sunk 24/6/1944
"T" group
Troubridge R00 - D09 John Brown, Clydebank 11/1941 23/9/1942 3/1943 BU 2/1970
Teazer R23 - D23 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 10/1941 7/1/1943 9/1943 BU 8/1965
Tenacious R45 - D44 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 12/1941 24/3/1943 10/1943 BU 6/1965
Termagant R89 - D189 Denny, Dumbarton 11/1941 22/3/1943 10/1943 BU 11/1965
Terpsichore R33 - D19 Denny, Dumbarton 11/1941 17/6/1943 1/1944 BU 5/1966
Tumult R11 - D121 John Brown, Clydebank 11/1941 9/11/1942 4/1943 BU 10/1965
Tuscan R56 - D156 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 9/1941 28/5/1942 3/1943 BU 5/1966
Tyrian R67 - D67 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 10/1941 27/7/1942 4/1943 BU 3/1965
"U" group
Grenville R97 - D197 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 11/1941 12/10/1942 5/1943 BU 2/1983
Ulster R83 - D83 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 11/1941 9/11/1942 6/1943 BU 11/1980
Ulysses R69 - D17 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 3/1942 22/4/1943 12/1943 BU 11/1979
Undaunted R53 - D53 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 9/1942 19/7/1943 3/1944 sunk as target 11/1978
Undine R42 - D141 Thornycroft, Woolston 3/1942 1/6/1943 12/1943 BU 11/1965
Urania R05 - D08 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 6/1942 19/5/1943 1/1944 BU 3/1971
Urchin R99 - D196 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 3/1942 8/3/1943 9/1943 BU 8/1967
Ursa R22 - D200 Thornycroft, Woolston 5/1942 22/7/1943 3/1944 BU 9/1967
"V" group
Hardy R08 John Brown, Clydebank 1942 18/3/1943 8/1943 sunk 30/1/1944
Algonquin (ex-Valentine (ex-Kempenfelt), (RCN 2/1944) R17 - DDE224 John Brown, Clydebank 10/1942 2/9/1943 2/1944 BU 4/1971
Venus R50 - D50 Fairfield, Govan 1/1942 23/2/1943 8/1943 target 10/1968, BU 12/1972
Verulam R28 - D29 Fairfield, Govan 1/1942 22/4/1943 12/1943 BU 10/1972
Vigilant R93 - D93 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 1/1942 22/12/1942 9/1943 BU 6/1965
Virago R75 - D76 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 2/1942 4/2/1943 11/1943 BU 6/1965
Sioux (ex-Vixen) (RCN 2/1944) R64 - DDE225 White, Cowes 10/1942 14/9/1943 2/1944 BU 8/1965
Volage R41 - DF41 White, Cowes 12/1942 15/12/1943 5/1944 BU 11/1972
"W" group
Kempenfelt (ex-Valentine) R03 - D103 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1942 8/5/1943 10/1943 to Yugoslavia 10/1956 (Kotor)
Wager R98 - D298 John Brown, Clydebank 11/1942 1/11/1943 4/1944 to Yugoslavia 10/1956 (Pula)
Wakeful (ex-Zebra) R59 - D159 Fairfield, Govan 6/1942 30/6/1943 2/1944 BU 7/1971
Wessex (ex-Zenith) R78 Fairfield, Govan 10/1942 2/9/1943 5/1944 to South Africa 3/1950 (Jan van Riebeck)
Whelp R37 - D237 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 5/1942 3/6/1943 4/1944 to South Africa 2/1953 (Simon van der Stel)
Whirlwind R87 - D187 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 7/1942 30/8/1943 7/1944 sunk as target 29/10/1974
Wizard R72 - D42 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 9/1942 29/9/1943 3/1944 BU 3/1967
Wrangler R48 - D157 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 9/1942 30/12/1943 7/1944 to South Africa 11/1956 (Vrystaat)

 

  

Displacement standard, t

1780 - 1810

Displacement full, t

2505 - 2545

Length, m

103.5 pp 110.6 oa

Breadth, m

10.9

Draught, m

4.32 - 4.37 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kn

36.75

Fuel, t

oil 588

Endurance, nm(kts) 4675(20)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Savage: 1 x 2 - 114/45 QF Mk III, 2 x 1 - 114/45 QF Mk IV, 6 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Ulysses, Volage, Whelp, Wessex: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Scorpion: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 5 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Terpsichore, Urchin: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 6 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Troubridge, Tyrian: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Tuscan: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Tumult: 4 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 x 1 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70 - 130 DC)

Sensors

presumably type 275, 277, 282, 291 radars, type 123, 127 sonars

Complement

180 - 225

Ship project history: By designing of 8 ships of "S" class, ordered in 1941, attempt considerably has been made to strengthen antiaircraft armament as at the expense of transition from 40mm quadruple pompom to the newest twin 40mm Bofors-Hazemayer MG with radar aiming, and introductions of 120mm/45 guns in mounts with elevation angle increased to 55. Shield of this mount had strongly oblique face, that together with stem fulfilled on Tribal class with bigger, than at "J" class, declination (for decrease of splashing on full speed), gave to the new ships very elegant kind. Under the design armament supplemented 4 single Oerlikons, however by the moment of the completion there was a possibility to change them on the twin MG of the same brand. At the same time, because of an availability delay, Hazemayers have not got on Scorpion and Savage on which their absence indemnified by increasing of Oerlikons number. Latter has been chosen for tests of twin 114mm DP turret mount created for "Battle" class: the first in the RN, intended for placing on so small ship as destroyer. Two single mounts of same 114mm calibre were placed aft, in order to avoid problems with supply by shells of two different types. Thus, this destroyer carried at once two new artillery systems (114mm single mounts were planed to introduce on subsequent destroyer classes).

The ships of two following classes, "" and "U", were designed on "S" class specification (difference was only in absence of the Arctic equipment). Shortage of Hazemayers has also affected: only three ships of "T" class were entered service with designed armament. Tumult was equipped with two experimental fixed torpedo tubes instead of the TT No1, soon after completion they were removed and replaced by regular TT bank.

The last 16 ships of "V" and "W" classes differed by Arctic equipment ("V" class, it is demounted early 1945) and transition to a new fire control system ("W" class). Only three of them not received Hazemayers.

Modernizations: mid-1943, Tumult: - 2 x 1 - 533 TT; + 1 x 4 - 533 TT

early 1944, Terpsichore: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX

early 1944, Troubridge, Tyrian, Tumult: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX

early 1944, Tuscan: - 1 x 1 - 20/70; + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX

1944, Scorpion: - 1 x 2 - 20/70; + 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1945, Saumarez, Urania, Venus, Vigilant: - 4 x 2 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Termagant, Tumult, Tuscan: - 4 x 2 - 20/70; + 5 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Troubridge, Teazer, Tenacious, Terpsichore, Tyrian, Sioux: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Urchin: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX

1945, Volage: - 4 x 2 - 20/70; + 6 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Verulam: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Kempenfelt, Wager, Wessex, Whelp: + 1 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Wakeful: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 3 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Wizard: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1/1946, Saumarez: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Scourge: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Savage: 1 x 2 - 114/45 RP.10 Mk IV, 2 x 1 - 114/45 Mk V, 6 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Teazer, Tenacious: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Termagant: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 5 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Troubridge, Tyrian: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Terpsichore: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP MK XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Tumult: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 5 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Tuscan: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 5 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Grenville, Ulster, Undaunted, Undine, Ursa: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Urania: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Ulysses: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Urchin: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP MK XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Venus, Vigilant: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Verulam: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Virago: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Volage: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 6 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Kempenfelt, Wager: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Wakeful: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 3 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Whirlwind, Wrangler: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Wizard: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1/1946, Whelp, Wessex: 4 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XXII, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (130)

1952 - 1957, type 15 frigates, as follows. Ships had taken fully new silhouette, forecastle was enlarged and new aluminium alloy superstructure fitted.

nearly sister-ship Relentless 1967

Undine 1963

Troubridge (also Ulster, Zest) 1963

Name No Reconstructed Yard Fate
Grenville F197 1953 - 1954 Chatham DYd BU 1983
Troubridge F09 1955 - 1957 Portsmouth DYd/White, Cowes BU 2/1970
Ulster F83 1952 - 1953 Chatham DYd BU 11/1980
Ulysses F17 1952 - 1953 Devonport DYd BU 11/1979
Undaunted F53 1952 - 1954 White, Cowes sunk as target 11/1978
Undine F141 1954 Yarrow, Scotstoun BU 11/1965
Urania F08 1953 - 1954 Harland & Wolff, Govan BU 3/1971
Urchin F196 1952 - 1954 Barclay Curle, Glasgow BU 8/1967
Ursa F200 1952 - 1954 Palmers, Jarrow BU 9/1967
Venus F50 1953 Devonport DYd target 10/1968, BU 12/1972
Verulam F29 1952 Portsmouth DYd BU 10/1972
Vigilant F93 1952 Thornycroft, Woolston BU 6/1965
Virago F76 1952 Chatham DYd BU 6/1965
Volage F41 1952 White, Cowes BU 11/1972
Wakeful (ex-Zebra) F159 1952 - 1953 Scotts, Greenock BU 7/1971
Whirlwind F187 1952 - 1953 Palmers, Jarrow sunk as target 29/10/1974
Wizard F42 1954 Devonport DYd BU 3/1967
Wrangler F157 1951 - 1952 Harland & Wolff, Belfast to South Africa 11/1956 (Vrystaat)
Canadian ships
Algonquin (ex-Valentine, ex-Kempenfelt) DDE224 1952 - 1956 Esquimalt DYd, Canada BU 4/1971

 

Displacement standard, t

2240

Displacement full, t

2850

Length, m

103.5 pp 109.2 oa

Breadth, m

10.9

Draught, m

4.20 - 4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kn

36.75

Endurance, nm (kts)

3000 (20) (with 476 t of oil)

Armament

early conversions: 1 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 5, 2 x 1 - 533 TT (8), 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 DCT

later conversions: 1 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 5, 2 x 3 - 305 Limbo Mk 10 DCT

Algonquin: 1 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 1 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 22, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, 2 x 3 - 305 Limbo Mk 10 DCT

Sensors

type 278, 262, 293 radars, type 170, 174 sonars

Complement

195

 

late 1950s, early conversions: - 2 x 1 - 533 TT

1950s, Grenville, Undaunted: + flight deck for helicopter

 

1952 - 1954, type 16 frigates, as follows:

 

 

Termagant 1953

Tenacious 1963

 

Name No Reconstructed Yard Fate
Teazer F23 1952 Mountstuart, Cardiff BU 8/1965
Tenacious F44 1952 Rosyth DYd BU 6/1965
Termagant F189 1953 Grayson Rollo, Birkenhead BU 11/1965
Terpsichore F19 1952 - 1953 Thornycroft, Woolston BU 5/1966
Tumult F121 1954 Grayson Rollo, Birkehead BU 10/1965
Tuscan F156 1953 Mountstuart, Cardiff BU 5/1966
Tyrian F67 1953 Harland & Wolff, Govan BU 3/1965

 

 

Displacement standard, t

1793

Displacement full, t

2593

Length, m

103.5 pp 109.2 oa

Breadth, m

10.9

Draught, m

4.90 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kn

36.75

Endurance, nm (kts)

1700 (20)

Armament

1 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 5, 3 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, 1 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 3 DCT

Sensors

type 293, 974 radars, type 170, 174P sonars

Complement

170 - 180

Naval service: Swift 24/6/1944 was mined and sunk at Normandy coast. Hardy 30/1/1944 was sunk by an acoustic torpedo from German submarine U278. Tuscan 14/5/1943 was stricken by drifting mine and has failed for a long time. Ulster 1/4/1945 was damaged by close kamikaze strike and was under repair till August, 1945. Wizard in May, 1944 was badly damaged by explosion of own depth charges and has failed till April, 1945. Saumarez and Volage in 22/10/1946 were stricken by the mines laid by the Albanian pirates in Corfu straits. Saumarez was too badly damaged and never repaired. Savage and Teazer used in propulsive tests in 1950s.

Ulster 1960

Teazer 1957

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15