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TORPEDO SHIPS

"A" destroyer leader (1930)

Codrington 1939

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Codrington D65   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 6/1928 7/8/1929 5/1930 sunk 27/7/1940

 

Displacement standard, t

1540

Displacement full, t

2012

Length, m

101.2 pp 104.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.3

Draught, m

3.76

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

39000

Max speed, kn

35

Fuel, t

oil 425

Endurance, nm(kts)

5000(15)

Armament

5 x 1 - 120/45 QF Mk IX, 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 3 DCR (6 DC)

Complement

185

Project history: She was designed as improved Scott, however ship with 2450t full displacement had been recognised by excessively big and expensive, that has served as a cause of a failure from her further working out. Variant with much more modest data has been approved to building: hull length was decreased by 13.1m, displacement was moderated, power and structure of machinery also (boilers number fall from 4 to 3). The number of main guns was not changed, only semi-automatic Mk IX guns instead of Mk l (as on "Modified W", Scott and Shakespeare classes leaders and experimental destroyers of 1924 Programme) were provided. In remaining the structure of armament of the leader corresponded "A" class destroyers. The worser, in comparison with destroyers of her flotilla, manoeuvrability became a significant lack of Codrington. Tactical diameter on full speed of leader exceeded similar indicator on other destroyers by 350m.

Modernizations: 5/1940: - 1 x 4 - 533 TT; + 1 x 1 - 76/45 QF Mk I/II/III/IV

Naval service: Codrington was badly damaged by explosion of air bomb from German Ju 88 bomber at Dover 27/7/1940, ran aground and never repaired.

Codrington 1930

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10