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BATTLE class

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: DD
Class: BATTLE - 44 ships in class (16 cancelled, two modified -- see Notes)
Launched: beginning November, 1943
Displacement: 2,325 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

379' x 40' 3" (* 40' 6") x 15' 3"
Machinery: 2-shaft Parsons geared turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 50,000shp.  Oil:  727 tons.  Diesel fuel:  40 tons
Speed: 35.75 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
4 4.5" / 45 cal. QF Mk III 2x2
*1 4.5" / 45 cal. QF Mk. IV
8 40mm Bofors

2x4

*3x2, 2x1

8 (*10) 21" TT 2x4 (*2x5)
Compliment: 247 - 306

 

 

Sister ships:

 

Group Name Pennant Number: Builder: Fate
   First ARMADA R.14 Hawthorne Leslie Broken up in 1965
      " BARFLEUR R.80 Swan Hunter Broken up in 1966
      " CADIZ R.09 Fairfield To Pakistan in 1957 as KHAIBAR; in combat vs. India's Western Fleet on 5 December, 1971; hit by two "Styx" surface-to-surface missiles and sunk 
      " CAMPERDOWN R.32 Fairfield Broken up in 1970
      " FINISTERRE R.55 Fairfield Broken up in 1967
      " GABBARD R.47 Swan Hunter To Pakistan in 1957 as BADR; "retired" in 1994
      " GRAVELINES R.24 Cammell Laird Broken up in 1961
      " HOGUE R.74 Cammell Laird Broken up in 1962
      " LAGOS R.44 Cammell Laird Broken up in 1967
      " ST. JAMES R.65 Fairfield Broken up in 1961
      " ST. KITTS R.18 Swan Hunter Broken up in 1962
      " SAINTES R.84 Hawthorn Leslie Broken up in 1972
      " SLUYS R.60 Cammell Laird To Iran in 1967 as ARTEMIZ
      " SOLEBAY R.70 Hawthorn Leslie Broken up in 1967
      " TRAFALGAR R.77 Swan Hunter Broken up in 1970
      " VIGO R.31 Fairfield Broken up in 1964
      " ANZAC (R.A.N.) D.59 Williamstown Broken up in 1972
      " TOBRUK (R.A.N.) D.37 Cockatoo Broken up in 1975
   Second * AGINCOURT I.06 Hawthorn Leslie Broken up in 1974
      " AISNE I.22 Vickers - Armstrong, Tyne Broken up in 1970
      " ALAMEIN I.17 Hawthorn Leslie Broken up in 1964
      " BARROSA I.68 John Brown Broken up in 1978
      " CORUNNA I.97 Swan Hunter Broken up in 1975
      " DUNKIRK I.09 Stephen Broken up in 1965
      " JUTLAND (ii) (ex-MALPAQUET)   I.62 Stephen Broken up in 1965
      " MATAPAN I.43 John Brown Broken up in 1978
   Second * (cancelled) ALBUERA I.51 Vickers - Armstrong, Tyne Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1950
      " BELLE ISLE I.88 Fairfield Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1946
      " MONS I.53 Hawthorn Leslie Cancelled
      " NAMUR I.58 Cammell Laird Cancelled; hull retained for experimental purposes
      " NAVARINO I.82 Cammell Laird Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1946
      " OMDURMAN I.98 Fairfield Cancelled
      " SAN DOMINGO I.37 Cammell Laird Cancelled
   Second (modified) * (cancelled)   JUTLAND (i) I.16 Hawthorn Leslie Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1957
      " POICITERS I.10 Hawthorn Leslie Cancelled; hull retained for experimental purposes
      " RIVER PLATE I.83 Swan Hunter Cancelled
      " ST. LUCIA I.42 Stephen Cancelled
      " SOMME I.31 Cammell Laird Cancelled
      " TALAVERA I.72 John Brown Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1946
      " TRINCOMALEE I.59 John Brown Cancelled; hull scrapped in 1946
      " WATERLOO I.07 Fairfield Cancelled
   Completed as "D" class DD VIMIERA G.22 Cammell Laird Completed as DANAE
      " YPRES G.83 Fairfield Completed as DELIGHT

 

 

Notes:  The BATTLE class were larger than previous Royal Navy destroyers and of longer range, being intended for use in the Pacific Theater.  AGINCOURT, ALAMEIN, ARMADA, BARFLEUR, CORUNNA, JUTLAND, ST. JAMES, SAINTES, SOLEBAY and TRAFALGAR were fitted as leaders.  ARMADA, BARFLEUR, CAMPERDOWN, HOGUE and TRAFALGAR were also fitted with a single 4" gun, intended for firing starshells.  While building, most were fitted with an additional 6 - 40mm Bofors AA in single mounts; several had variations, such as quad "pom-poms" or 20mm guns mounted.  They were originally fitted with 60 depth charges.  Two ships (VIMIERA and YPRES) were completed as "D" class destroyers circa 1950.  All of the class which were completed were actively employed in the postwar Royal Navy and had various modifications, especially to the anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weapons.  FINISTERRE and VIGO were used as gunnery firing and training ships.  In 1959, HOGUE was badly damaged in a collision with the Indian light cruiser MYSORE (the former RN FIJI-class NIGERIA) off the coast of Ceylon.  She was laid up at Singapore and not repaired.

 

Pictures

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Argonaut 194

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