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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

"E" and "F" leaders (1934 - 1935)

Faulknor 1939

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Exmouth H02   Portsmouth DYd 5/1933 7/2/1934 10/1934 sunk 21/1/1940
Faulknor H62   Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1933 12/6/1934 5/1935 BU 1/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

1460 - 1495

Displacement full, t

2009 - 2049 (later 2200)

Length, m

101.2 pp 104.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.3

Draught, m

3.81 (later 4.04) deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

38000

Max speed, kn

36.75

Fuel, t

oil 471

Endurance, nm(kts) 6500(15)

Armament

5 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (20 DC)

Sensors type 121 sonar

Complement

175

Ship project history: After a building of three flotillas (1928, 1929 and 1930 Programmes) in which leaders were the same sizes, as destroyers, Admiralty have come to conclusion about an inaccuracy of similar practice and necessity of return to leaders of the big sizes. It has been decided, that the leader of the 1931 Programme becomes the improved Codrington with enlarged fuel stowage and by 0.5kts faster. Especially it was attended to decrease in a circulation diameter: memories of disgusting manoeuvrability of Codrington were still fresh.

In the design armament of the leader differed from accepted for destroyers by additional main gun and two 76mm AA guns. Latter at a phase of preparing of working plans have refused.

The leader of the 1932 Programme ("F") became an exact copy of "". At the expense of higher culture of bulding Faulknor, unlike Exmouth built on Navy Yard, exceeded contract speed on 1kt. (Exmouth on the contrary not get 1kt).

Modernizations: late 1940, Faulknor: - 1 x 4 - 533 TT; + 1 x 1 - 76/45 QF Mk I/II/III/IV

1941, Faulknor: + 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 1 DCR (39 DC)

1942, Faulknor: - 1 x 1 - 120/45, 4 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 4 - 533 TT, type 285, type 286P radars

1943, Faulknor: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1944, Faulknor: - 1 x 1 - 120/45, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1/1946, Faulknor: 3 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk XVII, 1 x 1 - 76/45 Mk II, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (39), type 285, type 286P radars

Naval service: Exmouth 21/1/1940 was sunk by German submarine U22 in Moray Firth bay (Northern Scotland).

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15