E and F-class destroyer

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HMS Electra.jpg
Electra
Class overview
Operators: Royal Navy
Canadian Blue Ensign 1957-1965.svg Royal Canadian Navy
 Hellenic Navy
Dominican Republic Dominican Navy
Preceded by:C and D class
Succeeded by:G and H class
Subclasses:E, F
In commission:21 April 1932 - April 1956
Completed:18
Lost:9 + 1 expended
Retired:8
General characteristics as per Lenton[1]
Type:E and F destroyer
Displacement:1,405 long tons (1,428 t) (standard)
1,940 long tons (1,970 t) (deep)
Length:329 ft (100.3 m) o/a
Beam:33 ft 3 in (10.13 m)
Draught:12 ft 6 in (3.81 m) (deep)
Installed power:36,000 shp (26,800 kW)
Propulsion:2 × Parsons geared steam turbines
3 × Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers
2 × shafts
Speed:35.5 kn (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
31.5 kn (36.2 mph; 58.3 km/h) (deep)
Range:6,350 nmi (7,310 mi; 11,760 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
1,275 nmi (1,467 mi; 2,361 km) at 35.5 kn (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Complement:145
Armament:

4 × QF 4.7-inch (120-mm) Mk. IX L/45 guns
8 × .5 in (13 mm) Mk.I anti-aircraft machine guns (2 × 4)
8 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

1 × 20-round depth charge rack
General characteristics (Esk and Express as minelayers)
Armament:2 × QF 4.7 in (120 mm) Mk. IX L/45 dual purpose guns, 60 × Mk. XVI mines
Notes:Other characteristics as per above
General characteristics (flotilla leaders)
Displacement:1,495 long tons (1,519 t) (standard)
2,050 long tons (2,080 t) (full load)
Length:343 ft (104.5 m) o/a
Beam:33 ft 9 in (10.29 m)
Installed power:38,000 shp (28,300 kW)
Speed:36.75 kn (42.29 mph; 68.06 km/h)[2]
32 kn (37 mph; 59 km/h) (deep)
Range:6,500 nmi (7,500 mi; 12,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
1,500 nmi (1,700 mi; 2,800 km) at 36 kn (41 mph; 67 km/h)
Complement:175
Armament:5 × QF 4.7 in (120 mm) Mk. IX L/45 dual purpose guns
Notes:Other characteristics as per above
 
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HMS Electra.jpg
Electra
Class overview
Operators: Royal Navy
Canadian Blue Ensign 1957-1965.svg Royal Canadian Navy
 Hellenic Navy
Dominican Republic Dominican Navy
Preceded by:C and D class
Succeeded by:G and H class
Subclasses:E, F
In commission:21 April 1932 - April 1956
Completed:18
Lost:9 + 1 expended
Retired:8
General characteristics as per Lenton[1]
Type:E and F destroyer
Displacement:1,405 long tons (1,428 t) (standard)
1,940 long tons (1,970 t) (deep)
Length:329 ft (100.3 m) o/a
Beam:33 ft 3 in (10.13 m)
Draught:12 ft 6 in (3.81 m) (deep)
Installed power:36,000 shp (26,800 kW)
Propulsion:2 × Parsons geared steam turbines
3 × Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers
2 × shafts
Speed:35.5 kn (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
31.5 kn (36.2 mph; 58.3 km/h) (deep)
Range:6,350 nmi (7,310 mi; 11,760 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
1,275 nmi (1,467 mi; 2,361 km) at 35.5 kn (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Complement:145
Armament:

4 × QF 4.7-inch (120-mm) Mk. IX L/45 guns
8 × .5 in (13 mm) Mk.I anti-aircraft machine guns (2 × 4)
8 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

1 × 20-round depth charge rack
General characteristics (Esk and Express as minelayers)
Armament:2 × QF 4.7 in (120 mm) Mk. IX L/45 dual purpose guns, 60 × Mk. XVI mines
Notes:Other characteristics as per above
General characteristics (flotilla leaders)
Displacement:1,495 long tons (1,519 t) (standard)
2,050 long tons (2,080 t) (full load)
Length:343 ft (104.5 m) o/a
Beam:33 ft 9 in (10.29 m)
Installed power:38,000 shp (28,300 kW)
Speed:36.75 kn (42.29 mph; 68.06 km/h)[2]
32 kn (37 mph; 59 km/h) (deep)
Range:6,500 nmi (7,500 mi; 12,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
1,500 nmi (1,700 mi; 2,800 km) at 36 kn (41 mph; 67 km/h)
Complement:175
Armament:5 × QF 4.7 in (120 mm) Mk. IX L/45 dual purpose guns
Notes:Other characteristics as per above

The E and F class was a class of 18 destroyers of the Royal Navy that served during the Second World War. Three ships were later transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, one to the Royal Hellenic Navy and one to the Dominican Navy. Launched in 1934, they served in the Second World War. Nine were lost. The E class were ordered under the 1931 construction programme, the F class being of the 1932 programme.

Design[edit]

For the first time since the A-class of the 1927 programme, the flotilla leaders were built to an enlarged design, being lengthened to incorporate an additional QF 4.7-inch (120-mm) gun between the funnels. The lengthened design resulted in a three boiler room layout to enhance water-tight integrity.[3] The leaders were not fitted for minesweeping or minelaying.

Ships[edit]

E class[edit]

ShipPennant numberBuilderLaid downLaunchedCompletedFate
EchoH.23William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton20 March 193316 February 193422 October 1934Transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy as Navarinon, 1944
EclipseH.08William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton22 March 193312 April 193429 November 1934Sunk by a mine off Kalymnos, Greece, 24 October 1943
ElectraH.27Hawthorn Leslie & Company, Hebburn15 March 193315 February 193413 September 1934Sunk by the Japanese light cruiser Jintsu in the Battle of the Java Sea, 27 February 1942
EncounterH.10Hawthorn Leslie & Company, Hebburn15 March 193329 March 19342 November 1934Scuttled after being severely damaged by the Japanese heavy cruisers Ashigara and Myōkō in the Battle of the Java Sea, 1 March 1942
EscapadeH.17Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Greenock30 March 193330 January 193430 August 1934Sold to G & W Brunton, Grangemouth for breaking up, August 1947
EscortH.66Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Greenock30 March 193329 March 193430 October 1934Torpedoed by the Italian submarine Guglielmo Marconi, 8 July 1940; sank while under tow, 11 July 1940
EskH.15Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend24 March 193319 March 193428 September 1934Sunk by a mine near Texel, the Netherlands, 31 August 1940
ExpressH.61Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend24 March 193329 May 19342 November 1934Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Gatineau, 1943
Exmouth (flotilla leader)H.02HM Dockyard, Portsmouth15 May 19337 February 19349 November 1934Sunk by U-22 in the Moray Firth, 21 January 1940

F class[edit]

ShipPennant numberBuilderLaid downLaunchedCommissionedFate
FameH.78Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company, Wallsend (hull subcontracted to Vickers Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness)5 July 193328 June 193426 April 1935Transferred to the Dominican Republic as Generalisimo, February 1949
FearlessH.67Cammell Laird & Company, Birkenhead17 March 193312 May 193422 December 1934Torpedoed by Italian aircraft in the Mediterranean, 12 July 1941; scuttled, 23 July 1941
FiredrakeH.79Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company, Wallsend (hull subcontracted to Vickers Armstrongs, Walker)5 July 193328 June 193430 May 1935Sunk by U-211 on 16 December 1942
ForesightH.68Cammell Laird & Company, Birkenhead21 July 193329 June 193415 May 1935Torpedoed by Italian planes, 12 August 1942; scuttled the same day
ForesterH.74J. Samuel White & Company, Cowes15 May 193328 June 193429 March 1935Sold, 22 January 1946; scrapped at Rosyth, June 1947
FortuneH.70John Brown & Company, Clydebank25 July 193329 August 193427 April 1935Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Saskatchewan, 31 May 1943
FoxhoundH.69John Brown & Company, Clydebank21 August 193312 October 19346 June 1935Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Qu'Appelle, 8 February 1944
FuryH.76J. Samuel White & Company, Cowes19 May 193310 September 193418 May 1935Mined and damaged beyond repair off Normandy, 21 June 1944; scrapped, 18 September 1944
Faulknor (flotilla leader)H.62Yarrow & Company, Scotstoun31 July 193312 June 193424 May 1935Sold, 22 January 1946; scrapped at Milford Haven, April 1946

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ British and Empire Warships of the Second World War, H. T. Lenton, Greenhill Books, ISBN 1-85367-277-7
  2. ^ Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922—1946. — P. 39.
  3. ^ Destroyers of World War Two, M. J. Whitley, 1988, Cassell Publishing ISBN 1-85409-521-8

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