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Great Britain's "H" class destroyers

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  • H.01 HMS Hotspur destroyer
  • H.24 HMS Hasty destroyer
  • H.35 HMS Hunter destroyer
  • H.55 HMS Hostile destroyer
  • H.87 HMS Hardy destroyer
  • H.93 HMS Hereward destroyer
  • H.97 HMS Hyperion destroyer
  • H.99 HMS Hero destroyer

Design

The HMS Hardy had a tripod foremast.

Armament

On the HMS Hereward an experimental twin 4.7"/45 QF Mk XII was mounted in the 'B' position.

The 4.7" guns used the CP Mk XVIII mount so that they could be elevated 40° without the gun wells that were used by previous ships.

Construction

About 50 tons of weight was saved by using more welding.

Ships

HMS Hardy, H.87, "H" Class Leader, Grenville Class

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • 1935: Laid down
  • April 5, 1936, April 7, 1936: Launched
  • December 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • December 1939: With Force K at the River Plate. Saw no action.
  • 1940: South Atlantic
  • April 1940: Norway. Helped sink German destroyers Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
  • April 10, 1940: Hit by German Georg Thiele. Ran ashore after becoming out of control. Total loss.

HMS Hasty, H.24

  • Builder: Denny
  • April 15, 1935: Laid down
  • May 5, 1936: Launched
  • November 11, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • December 1939: With Force K at the River Plate. Saw no action.
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • 1940: South Atlantic
  • June 1942: Operation Vigorous.
  • June 14, 1942: Hit by torpedo from German S-Boat S55.
  • June 15, 1942: Sunk by British ships.

HMS Havock, H.43

  • Builder: Denny
  • May 15, 1935: Laid down
  • July 7, 1936: Launched
  • January 8, 1937: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • 1940: South Atlantic
  • April 1940: Norway. Helped sink German destroyers Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • April 5, 1942: Ran aground on Tunisian coast near Kelibia.
  • April 6, 1942: Destroyed by crew.

HMS Hereward, H.93

  • Builder: Vickers-Armstrong at Tyne, Parsons M.S.T. Co.
  • February 28, 1935: Laid down
  • March 10, 1936: Launched
  • December 9, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1937: Experimental twin 4.7"/45 QF Mk XII removed
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • December 1939: With Force K at the River Plate. Saw no action.
  • 1940: West Indies
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • May 29, 1941: Sunk by an aerial torpedo from the 111/St.G.2 just north of Plaka.

HMS Hero, H.99

  • Builder: Vickers-Armstrong at Tyne, Parsons M.S.T. Co.
  • February 28, 1935: Laid down
  • March 10, 1936: Launched
  • October 23, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • 1940: South Atlantic
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • 1943, November 15, 1943: Transfered to Royal Canadian Navy and became HMCS Chaudiere.
  • 1946: Broken up
  • March 19, 1946: Disposal

HMS Hostile, H.55

  • Builder: Scotts
  • February 27, 1935: Laid down
  • January 24, 1936: Launched
  • September 10, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • December 1939: With Force K at the River Plate. Saw no action.
  • 1940: South Atlantic
  • April 1940: Norway. Helped sink German destroyers Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • August 23, 1940: Sunk by mines of Cape Bon laid by Italian destroyers Grecale, Libeccio, Maestrale, and Scirocco.

HMS Hotspur, H.01

  • Builder: Scotts
  • February 27, 1935: Laid down
  • March 23, 1936: Launched
  • December 29, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • 1940: West Indies
  • April 1940: Norway. Helped sink German destroyers Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
  • March 1942: Eastern Fleet
  • June 1942 - April 1943: Mediterranean
  • Mid 1943: Refitted as escort.
  • Mid 1943: Member of Escort Group C4 and 14th Escort Group.
  • October 1947: Paid off.
  • 1948, November 23, 1948: Sold to the Dominican Republic and became Trujillo / Duarte.

HMS Hunter, H.35

  • Builder: Swan Hunter, Swan Hunter at Wallsend
  • March 26, 1935: Laid down
  • February 25, 1936: Launched
  • September 20, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • 1940: West Indies
  • April 1940: Norway. Helped sink German destroyers Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
  • April 10, 1940: Sunk by German destroyers

HMS Hyperion, H.97

  • Builder: Swan Hunter, Swan Hunter at Wallsend
  • March 26, 1935: Laid down
  • April 8, 1936: Launched
  • December 3, 1936: Commissioned
  • 1939: Mediterranean with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla
  • 1940: West Indies
  • May 1940: Mediterranean
  • December 22, 1940: Sunk by mines that were lain by Italian submarine Serpente.

Specifications

  "H" Class
Crew 145
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,335 - 1,370 tons, 1,340 tons
Displacement - Loaded 1,854 - 1,890 tons, 1,859 tons
Length 323'
98.45 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 312'
95.09 m, 95.1 m
Length - Water Line 320'
97.5 m
Beam 33'
10.05 m, 10.06 m
Draft - Mean 12' 5"
3.78 m
Performance  
Speed 36 knots
Range at 15 knots 5,530 nautical miles
Armament 4: 4.7"/45 QF Mk IX (4 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 8: .5" machine guns
Torpedo Tubes 8: 21" (2 x 4)
Engines  
Boilers 3: Admiralty 3-drum
Boilers - Hyperion 2: Admiralty 3-drum
1: Johnson
Shafts 2
Turbines Parsons geared
HP 34,000
Oil 443 - 461 tons
  "H" Class - Later
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,980 - 2,095 tons
Draft - Mean 13' - 13' 4"
3.96 - 4.06 m
  "H" Class Leader
Crew 175, 178
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,455 tons, 1,455 - 1,456 tons
1,478 tonnes
Displacement - Loaded 2,033 - 2,053 tons, 2,053 tons
2,085 tonnes
Displacement - Loaded - Later 2,270 tons
Length 337'
102.72 m, 103 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 326'
99 m, 99.36 m
Length - Water Line 327'
99.6 m
Beam 34'
10.36 m
Draft - Mean 12' 9"
3.89 m
Performance  
Speed 36 knots, 36.5 knots
Range at 15 knots 5,530 nautical miles
Armament 5: 4.7"/45 QF Mk IX (5 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 8: .5" machine guns
Torpedo Tubes 8: 21" (2 x 4)
Engines  
Boilers 3: Admiralty 3-drum
Shafts 2
Turbines Parsons geared
HP 38,000
Oil 470 tons
477 tonnes
  HMS Hotspur
Crew 145
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,340 tons
Length 323'
Length - Between Perpendiculars 312'
Length - Water Line 320'
Beam 33'
Draft - Mean 8' 6"
Performance  
Speed 36 knots
Armament 3: 4.7"
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3" AA
Torpedo Tubes 4: 21"
Engines  
Boilers 3: Admiralty 3 drum
Shafts 2
Turbines Parsons geared
HP 34,000
Oil 455 tons

Sources:

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  2. Destroyers of World War Two, M. J. Whitley, 1988
  3. Warships of World War II, H. T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge, 1964
  4. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
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