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"HUNT" 3rd type escort destroyers (1941 - 1943)

Melbreak 1943

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Airedale L07 578 John Brown, Clydebank 11/1940 12/8/1941 12/1941 sunk 15/6/1942
Albrighton L12 - F112 579 John Brown, Clydebank 12/1940 11/10/1941 2/1942 to West Germany 5/1959 (Raule)
Aldenham L22 1077 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 8/1940 27/8/1941 1/1942 sunk 14/12/1944
Belvoir L32 - F132 1078 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 10/1940 18/11/1941 3/1942 BU 10/1957
Blean L47 643 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1941 15/1/1942 8/1942 sunk 11/12/1942
Bleasdale L50 - F150 30 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 10/1940 23/7/1941 4/1942 BU 9/1956
Bolebroke L65 1643 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 4/1941 5/11/1941 ---// 6/1942 to Greece before completion 5/1942 (Pindos)
Border L67 1645 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5/1941 3/2/1942 ---// 8/1942 to Greece before completion 5/1942 (Adrias)
Catterick L81 794 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 3/1941 22/11/1941 6/1942 to Greece 5/1946 (Astings)
Derwent L83 793 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 12/1940 22/8/1941 4/1942 damaged 19/3/1943, never repaired, BU 1947
Easton L09 - F109 1916 White, Cowes 3/1941 11/7/1942 12/1942 BU 1/1953
Eggesford L15 - F15 1917 White, Cowes 6/1941 12/9/1942 1/1943 to West Germany 5/1959 (Brommy)
Eskdale L36 1082 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 1/1941 16/3/1942 ---// 7/1942 to Norway before completion 6/1942 (Eskdale)
Glaisdale L44 1081 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 2/1941 5/1/1942 ---// 6/1942 to Norway at completion 6/1942 (Glaisdale)
Goathland L27 694 Fairfield, Govan 1/1941 3/2/1942 11/1942 CTL 24/7/1944, BU 1946
Haldon L19 695 Fairfield, Govan 1/1941 27/4/1942 ---// 12/1942 to France at completion 12/1942 (La Combattante)
Hatherleigh L53 33 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 12/1940 18/12/1941 ---// 8/1942 to Greece before completion 7/1942 (Kanaris)
Haydon L75 - F75 34 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 5/1941 2/4/1942 10/1942 BU 5/1958
Holcombe L56 589 A. Stephens, Linthouse 3/1941 14/4/1942 9/1942 sunk 12/12/1943
Limbourne L57 590 A. Stephens, Linthouse 4/1941 12/5/1942 10/1942 sunk 23/10/1943
Melbreak L73 - F173 1647 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 6/1941 5/3/1942 10/1942 BU 11/1956
Modbury L91 1649 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 8/1941 13/4/1942 ---// 11/1942 to Greece at completion 11/1942 (Miaoulis)
Penylan L89 809 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 6/1941 17/3/1942 8/1942 sunk 3/12/1942
Rockwood L39 810 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 8/1941 13/6/1942 11/1942 damaged 11/11/1943, never repaired, BU 1946
Stevenstone L16 - F16 1918 White, Cowes 9/1941 23/11/1942 3/1943 BU 9/1959
Talybont L18 - F118 1919 White, Cowes 11/1941 3/2/1943 5/1943 BU 3/1961
Tanatside L69 1769 Yarrow, Scotstoun 6/1941 30/4/1942 9/1942 to Greece 5/1946 (Adrias)
Wensleydale L86 1770 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1941 20/6/1942 10/1942 damaged by collision 11/1944, never repaired, BU 1946

 

Displacement standard, t

1050

Displacement full, t

1490, later 1545 - 1590

Length, m

80.5 pp 85.3 oa

Breadth, m

9.60

Draught, m

3.73 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kn

27

Fuel, t

oil 277

most later ships: 328

Endurance, nm(kts)

2100(20)

Armament

2 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (30 - 70)

Sensors type 272, 285, 291 radars, type 123A, 127 sonars

Complement

168

Ship project history: Ships of the 1940 program should become repetition of "Hunt II" class. Successful using of torpedoes in early war period has jogged Admiralty on introduction of TT to armament of new ships, even by removing of one 102mm twin mount. Visually these ships differed from early series by straight lines of a mast and funnel. Partly stabilizers were not fitted and exempted volume of the hull was used for placing of an additional stock of fuel.

Modernizations: 1943, Albrighton, Bleasdale, Eskdale, Glaisdale, Haldon, Stevenstone: + 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1944, Aldenham, Wensleydale: - 1 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1945, Belvoir, Easton, Haldon, Melbreak, Talybont: - 3 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Stevenstone: - 1 x 1 - 40/39, 3 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1/1946, Catterick, Eggesford, Haydon, Tanatside: 2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70)

1/1946, Belvoir, Easton, Melbreak, Talybont, Stevenstone: 2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 1 x 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70)

1/1946, Albrighton, Bleasdale: 2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 1 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70)

Naval service: Airedale was sunk 15/6/1942 by German Ju 87 bombers at Malta, Penylan was sunk 3/12/1942 by German MTB S115 in La Manche. Blean was torpedoed 11/12/1942 at Gibraltar by German submarine U443. Eskdale was sunk by German MTBs 14/4/1943 at SW coast of England. Limbourne was sunk 23/10/1943 by torpedoes from German torpedo boats 22 and T24 in La Manche. Holcombe 12/12/1943 was torpedoed by German submarine U593 at Algeria. Aldenham was lost 14/12/1944 on German mine at Pola.

Derwent was badly damaged 19/3/1943 by an air torpedo and never repaired. Rockwood was badly damaged 11/11/1943 by German Hs 293 gliding bomb launched from Do 217 bomber (constructive total loss). Goathland 24/6/1944 was stricken at coast of Normandy by German mine and never repaired. Wensleydale in November, 1944 was stricken as constructive total loss as a result of collision.

Belvoir was badly damaged by a mine late 1943 but subsequently repaired.

Ships of class were reclassified to frigates in 1947.

Talybont 1943

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15