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|Tonnage||1050 tons standard displacement
1412 tons fully loaded
|Dimensions||280' by 31'6" 17'2"
85.34m by 9.60m by 5.23m
|Maximum speed||27 knots|
|Armament||3x2 4"/45 DP gun (250 rounds per gun)
1x4 2pdr AA gun
4x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2 depth charge tracks (110 depth charges)
2 depth charge throwers
||2-shaft Parsons geared turbine
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
|Bunkerage||277 tons fuel oil|
||Type 127 sonar
Type 286 radar
|Range||2560 nautical miles (4740 km) at 20 knots|
The "Hunts" were conceived as small, inexpensive, mass produced destroyers to serve as convoy escorts and in all other destroyer functions except fleet duty. It was clear when war broke out that destroyers were going to be needed in vast numbers but that conventional large destroyers could not be produced quickly enough to meet the need. The ships of the class were named after English hunting clubs, which gave the class its name.
The program nearly came to disaster when the first unit was
found to be dangerously unstable due to a miscalculation of the
metacentric height by the designers. As a result, the first group ("Hunt"
Type II) had to be completed with reduced armament. None of these units
saw service in the war against Japan. Design changes restored
stability, and the "Hunt" Type II were completed with the full original
design armament. A few of these units arrived in the Far East in time to
participate in occupation operations, and they would doubtless have
participated in the invasion of Japan had that taken place.
|| Arrived 1945-8
Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-25)
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