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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

ESCORTS

BRIDGEWATER sloops (1929)

nearly sister-ship Hastings 1942

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bridgewater L01 - U01 555 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1928 14/9/1928 3/1929 sold 5/1947
Sandwich L12 - U12 556 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1928 28/9/1928 3/1929 sold 1/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

1045

Displacement full, t

1600

Length, m

81.2

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

3.73 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kn

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 282

Endurance, nm(kts)

4750(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V, 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, sweeps, 1 DCR (15 DC)

Sensors sonar

Complement

100

Ship project history: Bridgewater class sloops became the first escorts of Royal Navy designed after First World War and should replace Flower class sloops. They were designed under 1927 program. First of all they were intended for service at oversea stations, but could be used and as minesweepers at the expense of installing of minesweeping equipment.

Modernizations: mid-1930s, both: + 1 x 4 - 12.7/62

1939, both: - 2 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 DCT, DC stowage was increased up to 40, aft 102-mm gun was converted to AA.

1940 - 1941, both: + 1 x 4 - 12.7/62

1943, both: - 1 x 1 - 102/45, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62; fwd 102-mm gun was converted to AA, + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 80.

1944, both: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1/1946: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (80)

Naval service: No significant events.

Sandwich 1929

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15