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"HUNT" 4th type escort destroyers (BRECON) (2, 1942 - 1943)


Ships


Name No Yad No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Brecon L76, 1948- F176 1290 Thornycroft, Woolston 2/1941 27.6.1942 12/1942 BU 9.1962
Brissenden L79, 1948- F79 1291 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1941 15.9.1942 2/1943 BU 3.1965


Technical data


Max speed, kts, kn

26

Displacement standard, t

1175

Displacement full, t

Brecon: 1700

Brissenden: 1750

Length, m

84.1 pp 90.2 oa

Breadth, m

10.2

Draught, m

3.51 - 3.58

No of shafts

2

Machinery

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

Power, h. p.

19000

Fuel, t

Brissenden: oil 357

Brecon: oil 286

Endurance, nm(kts)

2350(20)

Armament

3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (50)

Electronic equipmenttype 285, 291 radars, type 128 sonar
Complement

170



Standard scale images


<i>Brissenden</i> 1943
Brissenden 1943


Project history


These ships of 1940 Programme were designed under modified "Hunt" design created by Thornycroft as private initiative. At the expense of change of a hull form and insignificant increase in displacement it was possible to receive much more seaworthiness, unlike the Admiralty design, and ships received all originally scheduled armament. The unique censure was called lower, in comparison with the remaining ships of "Hunt" class, speed. Thornycroft ships were designed for 15000hp engine, and only direct requirement of Admiralty has forced builder to lift engine power to standard 19000hp. Only Brecon had anti-rolling tanks. It was on Brissenden not fitted originally, and the exempted hull volume was used for placing of an additional stock of fuel.

Modernizations


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

1943, Brissenden: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

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

1/1946, Brecon: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (50), type 285, 291 radars, type 128 sonar

1/1946, Brissenden: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 1 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (50), type 285, 291 radars, type 128 sonar

Naval service


Both ships were reclassified as frigates in 1947.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.