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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

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HASTINGS sloops (1930 - 1931)

Hastings 1942

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Folkestone L22 - U22 1405 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5/1929 12/2/1930 6/1930 BU 5/1947
Hastings L27 - U27   Devonport DYd 7/1929 10/4/1930 11/1930 BU 4/1946
Penzance L28 - U28   Devonport DYd 7/1929 10/4/1930 1/1931 sunk 24/8/1940
Scarborough L25 - U25 1407 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5/1929 14/3/1930 7/1930 BU 6/1949

 

Displacement standard, t

1045

Displacement full, t

1640

Length, m

81.2

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

3.81 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 312

Endurance, nm(kts)

4750(15)

Armament

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

Hastings: 2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (1 HA), 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, sweeps, 1 DCR (15 DC), 18 - 22 mines

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.

4 ships of Hastings class were designed under 1928 program and differed from first pair only by increased fuel stowage and installation of fwd main gun on the DP mount.

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

1937, Hastings as fishery protection vessel was armed with 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV gun only.

1938, Hastings was rearmed with 2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (HA), 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 x 4 - 12.7/62, sweeps, 1 DCR (15 DC)

1938 - 1939, Scarborough and Folkestone were disarmed and employed as survey vessels.

autumn 1939, all: - 2 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 DCT, DC stowage was increased up to 40.

late 1939, Scarborough, Folkestone: + 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (HA)

1940 - 1941, all survived: + 1 x 4 - 12.7/62; both 102/45mm guns can be used as AA.

1941, Scarborough: + 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V

1942, Scarborough: - 1 x 1 - 76/40; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT

1942, Folkestone: + 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V

1942, all survived: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1943, Hastings: - 1 x 1 - 102/45

1943, Folkestone: - 1 x 1 - 102/45; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT

1943 - 1944, all survived: - 2 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV or 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 90

1/1946, Folkestone: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog, sweeps, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

1/1946, Hastings: 1 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, sweeps, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

1/1946, Scarborough: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog, sweeps, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

Naval service: Hastings after damage as result of beaching in 1935 a short time used as the fisheries protection vessel (submitted to the Ministry of Trade and formally was not a part of Navy), her arms thus consisted only from one 102/40mm gun. In 1938 Scarborough and Folkestone were disarmed and converted to rescue vessels. Next year they were re-classified to sloops. Penzance was sunk 28/8/1940 by German submarine U37.

Scarborough 1939

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15