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Sloops were oceangoing antisubmarine
vessels in Commonwealth
service. They were a response to the 1930 London Naval Treaty,
which limited destroyer construction. Ships of less than 2000 tons
standard displacement; with guns of not more than 6.1" (150 mm) caliber,
and with not more than four guns of greater than 3" (75mm) caliber; and
which had a maximum speed not in excess of 20 knots were exempt from
the destroyer restrictions. The British, concerned about the submarine
threat to their commerce in the event of war, took considerable interest
in ships of this type.
Sloops resembled destroyer escorts, but
tended to be slightly smaller and significantly slower.
Those in Australian
service had some notable successes in the restricted waters of the Solomon Islands.
Black Swan class
Modified Black Swan class
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