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ARABIS corvettes (1944/1944)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Arabis K385   George Brown, Greenock, UK 2/1943 28.10.1943 2/1944 // 2.1944 to UK 1948 (Arabis)
Arbutus K403   George Brown, Greenock, UK 5/1943 26.1.1944 7/1944 // 7.1944 to UK 1948 (Arbutus)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

980 - 1000

Displacement full, t

1350 - 1370

Length, m

57.9 pp 62.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

4.34 - 4.42 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2750

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 337

Endurance, nm(kts)

7400(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/45 BL Mk IX, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (72)

Electronic equipment

type 271Q or type 273 or type 291 radar, type 144 sonar

Complement

109



Project history

"Flower" with considerably increased fuel stowage. They were built in Britain and Canada and differed only by boilers: British-built ships had traditional fire-tube but Canadian-built ships had water-tube ones. All 10 ships built in Britain are transferred to Commonwealth navies.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

No significant events.