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Great Britain's "F" class destroyers

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  • H.62 HMS Faulknor destroyer
  • H.67 HMS Fearless destroyer
  • H.68 HMS Foresight destroyer
  • H.69 HMS Foxhound destroyer
  • H.70 HMS Fortune destroyer
  • H.74 HMS Forester destroyer
  • H.76 HMS Fury destroyer
  • H.78 HMS Fame destroyer
  • H.79 HMS Firedrake destroyer

Ships

HMS Fame, H.78, Escapade class

  • Builder: Vickers-Armstrong at Tyne, Parsons, Parsons M.S.T. Co.
  • Cost: £300,000
  • July 5, 1933: Laid down
  • June 28, 1934: Launched
  • April 26, 1935: Commissioned, Completed
  • 1939 - 1940: North Sea and Norway
  • October 17, 1940: Ran aground at high speed off Sunderland with HMS Ashanti. Was burnt out.
  • late 1940 - late 1941: Repairs made at Chatham. Stern replaced.
  • 1941: Director and range finder replaced by radar 271. 'Y' gun removed. 'A' gun replaced by a hedge hog. 3" gun replaced rear torpedo tubes.
  • 1942: The Nore
  • 1942: Western Approaches.With Escort Group B6 or 14th Escort Group. Sank U353, U201.
  • 1943 - 1944: 3" gun removed and 'A' re-added.
  • June 1944: Sank U767 off Normandy
  • 1948, February 1949: Transferred to Dominican Republic and became Generalisimo.

HMS Faulknor, H.62, "E" class leader, Exmouth class

  • Builder: Yarrow, A. Yarrow
  • July 31, 1933: Laid down
  • June 12, 1934: Launched
  • May 24, 1935: Commissioned
  • 1939: Leader of 8th Destroyer Flotilla with Home Fleet
  • 1939: Helped sink U39 and U27.
  • March 1940: Helped sink U44.
  • April 1940: Norway
  • June 17, 1940: Sailed to Gibraltar to join Force 'H'
  • 1940 - 1941: With Force 'H'
  • July 1940: Mers-el-Kebir
  • September 1940: Dakar
  • January 1941: Rear torpedo tubes replaced by 3" gun.
  • May 1941: Hunt for KMS Bismarck.
  • Mid to Late 1941: Convoy escort west of Gibraltar. Blockade runner hunter in Bay of Biscay
  • January 1942: Range finder replaced by H/A R/F director and Radar 285. Rear funnel was made shorter. .5" machine guns moved to searchlight platform. HF/DF fitter.
  • Early 1942: Escorted Artic convoys
  • January 1943: 3" HA gun moved to where 'X' gun had been. Rear torpedo tubes installed. Six 20 mm guns added. Radar 291 was installed.
  • ? - 1943: Home Fleet
  • 1943 - 1945: Mediterranean
  • July 1943: Sicily
  • September 1943: Salerno
  • October - November 1943: Aegean
  • June 1945: Normandy
  • 1945: Home waters
  • 1945: Amidships 4" gun replaced by quad 2 pdr. Quad 20 mm guns fitted to bridge wings.
  • January 1946: Sold
  • January 22, 1946: Scrapped at Milford Haven

HMS Fearless, H.67

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • March 17, 1933: Laid down
  • May 12, 1934: Launched
  • December 22, 1934: Commissioned
  • 1940: Home Fleet.
  • 1941: With Force 'H'. Helped capture a French convoy.
  • July 23, 1941: Hit by aerial torpedo while escorting HMS Ark Royal. Sunk by Forester north of Bone.

HMS Firedrake, H.79

  • Builder: Builder: Vickers-Armstrong at Tyne, Parsons, Parsons M.S.T. Co
  • July 5, 1933: Laid down
  • June 28, 1934: Launched
  • May 30, 1935: Commissioned
  • 1939 - 1940, 1939 - August 1940: Home Fleet.
  • August 1940 - July 1941: With Force 'H'.
  • July 23, 1941: Badly damaged by bombs in Sicilian Channel. Towed for four days to Gibraltar by the HMS Eridge.
  • 1941 - 1942: Repaired in Boston.
  • April 1942: Member of Escort Group B7 in North Atlantic.
  • December 17, 1942, January 4, 1943: While escorting Convoy ON153 was sunk by U211.

HMS Foresight, H.68

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • July 21, 1933: Laid down
  • June 29, 1934: Launched
  • May 15, 1935: Commissioned
  • 1940, June 1940: Home Fleet.
  • 1941: Force 'H'
  • 1942: Home Fleet. Escorted Artic convoys. Damaged by German destroyers while escorting QP11. Torpedoed the HMS Edinburgh that was damaged.
  • August 1942: Mediterranean
  • August 13, 1942: Hit by Italian aerial torpedo during Operation Pedestal near Bizerta. Taken in tow by HMS Tartar she sank following day.

HMS Forester, H.74, Escapade class

  • Builder: White, S. White
  • Cost: £300,000
  • May 15, 1933: Laid down
  • June 28, 1934: Launched
  • March 29, 1935: Commissioned, Completed
  • 1939 - 1940: Home Fleet.
  • April 1940: 2nd Battle of Narvik
  • 1941: Force 'H'
  • 1942: Home Fleet. Artic Convoy escort.
  • January 22, 1946: Sold
  • June 1947: Scrapped at Rosyth

HMS Fortune, H.70

  • Builder: Clydebank, John Brown
  • July 25, 1933: Laid down
  • August 29, 1934: Launched
  • April 27, 1935: Commissioned
  • 1939 - 1940: Home Fleet.
  • 1942, June 3, 1943: Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy and became HMCS Saskatchewan.
  • March 1942 - mid 1943: Eastern Fleet.
  • June 1944: Normandy
  • January 28, 1946: Disposed

HMS Foxhound, H.69

  • Builder: Clydebank, John Brown
  • August 21, 1933: Laid down
  • October 12, 1934: Launched
  • June 6, 1935: Commissioned
  • 1939 - 1940: Home Fleet.
  • April 1940: 2nd Battle of Narvik
  • March 1942 - mid 1943: Eastern Fleet.
  • mid 1943 - 1944: Western Approaches
  • 1944, February 8, 1944: Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy and became HMCS Qu'Appelle.
  • December 17, 1947: Disposed

HMS Fury, H.76, Escapade class

  • Builder: White, S. White
  • Cost: £300,000
  • May 19, 1933: Laid down
  • September 10, 1934: Launched
  • May 18, 1935: Commissioned, Completed
  • 1939 - 1940: Home Fleet.
  • 1941: Force 'H'
  • 1942: Home Fleet. Artic Convoy escort.
  • 1943: Mediterranean
  • September 1943: Salerno
  • June 21, 1944: Construction total loss after striking mine off the Cotentin Peninsula.
  • September 1944: Scrapped at Briton Ferry.

Usage

Initially the "F" class destroyers made up the 6th Destroyer Flotilla with the Home Fleet. In May 1939 it became the 8th Flotilla.

Specifications

  "F" Class
Crew 145
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,350 tons, 1,405 tons
1,427 tonnes
Displacement - Loaded 1,901 tons
1,931 tonnes
Length 329'
100.28 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 318' 3"
97 m
Length - Water Line 326'
99.3 m
Beam 33' 3"
10.13 m
Draft - Mean 8' 6", 12' 6"
3.81 m
Performance  
Speed 35.5 knots, 36 knots
Range at 15 knots 6,350 nautical miles
Armament 4: 4.7" (4 x 1), 4.7" QF Mk IX
Anti-Aircraft 8: .5" AA (2 x 4), .5" MG
Torpedo Tubes 8: 21" (2 x 4)
Engines  
Boilers 3: Admiralty 3 drum
Shafts 2
Turbines Geared, Parsons geared
Turbines - Fortune, Foxhound Brown-Curtis
HP 36,000
Oil 470 tons
477 tonnes
  HMS Faulknor
Crew 175, 201
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,475 tons
Length 343'
Length - Between Perpendiculars 332'
Beam 33' 9"
Draft - Mean 8' 9"
Performance  
Speed 36 knots
Armament 5: 4.7" (5 x 1)
3: 4.7"
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3" HA
8: .5" AA (2 x 4)
1: Quad 2 pdr pompom
6: 20 mm
Torpedo Tubes 8: 21" (2 x 4), 21"
Depth Charges 38
Engines  
HP 38,000
  HMS Fearless
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,375 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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