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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

ESCORTS

"HUNT" 2nd type escort destroyers (1941 - 1942)

Chiddingfold 1942

Zetland 1942

 Bicester 1943

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Avon Vale L06 - F206 569 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1940 23/10/1940 2/1941 BU 5/1958
Badsworth L03 1055 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1940 17/3/1941 8/1941 to Norway 11/1944 (Arendal)
Beaufort L14 - F14 1056 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1940 9/6/1941 11/1941 to Norway late 1952 (Haugesund)
Bedale L26 - F126 629 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 5/1940 23/7/1941 ---// 6/1942 // 1946 to Poland 4/1942 - 8/1946 (Ślązak), to India 4/1953 (Godavari)
Bicester L34 - F134 630 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 5/1940 5/9/1941 5/1942 BU 8/1956
Blackmore L43 - F143 579 A. Stephens, Linthouse 2/1941 2/12/1941 4/1942 to Denmark late 1952 (Esbern Snare)
Blankney L30 - F130 570 John Brown, Clydebank 5/1940 19/12/1940 4/1941 BU 3/1959
Bramham L51 580 A. Stephens, Linthouse 4/1941 29/1/1942 6/1942 to Greece 3/1943 (Themistocles)
Calpe L71 - F171 1595 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 6/1940 28/4/1941 12/1941 to Denmark late 1952 (Rolf Krake)
Chiddingfold L31 - F131 586 Scotts, Greenock 3/1940 10/3/1941 10/1941 to India 6/1954 (Ganga)
Cowdray L52 - F152 587 Scotts, Greenock 4/1940 22/7/1941 7/1942 to Greece 3-6/1944 (Astings), BU 9/1959
Croome L62 - F162 577 A. Stephens, Linthouse 6/1940 30/1/1941 6/1941 BU 8/1957
Dulverton L63 578 A. Stephens, Linthouse 7/1940 1/4/1941 9/1941 sunk 13/11/1943
Eridge L68 1581 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 11/1939 20/8/1940 2/1941 CTL 29/8/1942
Exmoor (ex-Burton) L08 - F08 1593 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 6/1940 12/3/1941 10/1941 to Denmark early 1953 (Valdemar Sejr)
Farndale L70 - F70 1583 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 11/1939 30/9/1940 4/1941 BU 12/1962
Grove L77 1597 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 8/1940 29/5/1941 2/1942 sunk 12/6/1942
Heythrop L85 1585 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 12/1939 30/10/1940 6/1941 sunk 20/3/1942
Hursley L84 1599 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 12/1940 25/7/1941 4/1942 to Greece 12/1943 (Kriti)
Hurworth L28 25 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 4/1940 10/4/1941 10/1941 sunk 22/10/1943
Lamerton L88 - F88 1587 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 4/1940 14/12/1940 8/1941 to India 4/1953 (Gomati)
Lauderdale L95 1212 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1939 5/8/1941 12/1941 to Greece 5/1946 (Aigaion)
Ledbury L90 - F190 1213 Thornycroft, Woolston 1/1940 27/9/1941 2/1942 BU 5/1958
Middleton L74 - F174 26 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 4/1940 12/5/1941 1/1942 hulk 1955, BU 10/1957
Oakley L72 21 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 11/1939 30/10/1940 ---// 6/1941 to Poland at commission 6/1941 (Kujawiak)
Oakley (ex-Tickham) L98 - F198 1753 Yarrow, Scotstoun 8/1940 15/1/1942 5/1942 to West Germany 10/1958 (Gneisenau)
Puckeridge L108 1900 White, Cowes 1/1940 6/3/1941 7/1941 sunk 6/9/1943
Silverton L115 - F55 1899 White, Cowes 12/1939 4/12/1940 ---// 5/1941 // 9/1946 to Poland at commission 5/1941 - 9/1946 (Krakowiak), BU 3/1959
Southwold L10 1905 White, Cowes 7/1940 29/5/1941 10/1941 sunk 24/3/1942
Tetcott L99 - F199 1906 White, Cowes 7/1940 12/8/1941 12/1941 BU 9/1956
Wheatland L122 - F22 1744 Yarrow, Scotstoun 5/1940 7/6/1941 11/1941 BU 9/1959
Wilton L128 - F128 1750 Yarrow, Scotstoun 6/1940 17/10/1941 2/1942 BU 11/1959
Zetland L59 - F59 1754 Yarrow, Scotstoun 10/1940 7/3/1942 6/1942 to Norway late1952 (Tromsø)

 

Displacement standard, t

1050

Displacement full, t

1580 - 1625

Length, m

80.5 pp 85.3 oa

Breadth, m

9.60

Draught, m

3.78 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kn

27

Fuel, t

oil 265

Avon Vale, Bramham, Cowdray: oil 328

Endurance, nm(kts)

2100(20)

Armament

3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (30 - 60)

Sensors type 271, 285, 290 or 291 radars, type 123A, 127 sonars

Complement

168

Ship project history: Redesigned "Hunt I" design with increased by 0.8m breadth for improvement of stability. In the remaining these ships corresponded to an original design. Part of ships never received stabilizers, and the exempted premise was used for placing of an additional stock of fuel.

Modernizations: 1942 - 1943, Avon Vale, Bedale, Cowdray, Lamerton, Lauderdale: + 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1943 - 1944, all survived: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

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

1/1946, Bicester, Blackmore, Blankney, Calpe, Chiddingfold, Croome, Farndale, Ledbury, Middleton, Oakley, Silverton (9/1946), Tetcott, Wheatland, Wilton, Zetland: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (60)

1/1946, Beaufort, Exmoor: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (60)

1/1946, Avon Vale, Bedale (8/1946), Cowdray, Lamerton, Ledbury: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 1 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (60)

Naval service: Heythrop was sunk 20/3/1942 by German submarine U652 at Sollum. Grove was sunk 12/6/1942 by German submarine U77 at Sollum. Puckeridge was sunk 6/9/1943 at Gibraltar by German submarine U617. Dulverton was sunk 13/11/1943 by German Hs 293 gliding bomb launched by Do 217 bomber at Leros. Southwold was mined 23/2/1942 at Malta by German mine; Hurworth 22/10/1943 was mined at Kalymnos Island by German mine.

Eridge was badly damaged by Italian explosive boats 29/8/1942, never repaired and used as a depot ship in Alexandria. Farndale was badly damaged by bombs in February, 1942 but subsequently repaired. Avon Vale in January, 1943 was badly damaged by an aircraft torpedo and subsequently repaired. Ships of class were reclassified to frigates in 1947.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15