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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

"Weapon" destroyers (1947 - 1948)

Battleaxe 1952

Crossbow 1952

Crossbow 1963

Crossbow 1964

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Battleaxe G18, 1948- D118 1832 Yarrow, Scotstoun 4/1944 12/6/1945 10/1947 BU 10/1964
Broadsword G31, 1948- D31 1833 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1944 5/2/1946 10/1948 BU 10/1968
Carronade   628 Scotts, Greenock 4/1944 5/4/1946 --- cancelled 4/1946
Crossbow G96, 1948- D96 4074 Thornycroft, Woolston 8/1944 20/12/1945 3/1948 BU 1/1972
Culverin   4075 Thornycroft, Woolston 4/1944 --- --- cancelled 1946
Cutlass   1834 Yarrow, Scotstoun 9/1944 20/3/1946 --- cancelled 3/1946
Dagger   1835 Yarrow, Scotstoun 3/1945 --- --- cancelled 1946
Howitzer   4076 Thornycroft, Woolston 2/1945 --- --- cancelled 1946
Longbow   4077 Thornycroft, Woolston 4/1945 --- --- cancelled 1946
Rifle   1386 Denny, Dumbarton 6/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/1945
Scorpion (ex-Tomahawk, ex-Centaur) G64, 1948- D64 1933 White, Cowes 12/1944 15/8/1946 12/1947 BU 6/1971
Spear   1387 Denny, Dumbarton 9/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/1945
Sword (ex-Celt)   1934 White, Cowes 9/1945 --- --- cancelled 10/1945

 

Data variant as completed

Displacement standard, t

1965 - 1980

Displacement full, t

2825

Length, m

104.1 pp 111.3 oa

Breadth, m

11.6

Draught, m

4.47 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kn

34

Fuel, t

oil 620

Endurance, nm(kts) 5000(20)

Armament

2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 STAAG Mk II, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk VII, 2 x 5 - 533 TT, 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk IV ASWRL

Sensors

2x type 262, type 275, type 277, type 291, type 293 radars, type 170, type 174 sonars

Complement

255 - 286

Project history: These ships were originally intended as fleet anti-submarine escorts with alternately arranged two boiler and two engine rooms. It was originally planned to arm these ships with 3 twin 102mm DP mounts and 50 - 150 DCs but latter and one twin mount ("B" on Battleaxe and Broadsword or "Y" on Crossbow and Scorpion) were replaced by 2 Squids. Scott's Claymore, Dirk, Grenade, Halberd, Poniard, White's Musket were never really laid down.

Modernizations: 1958 - 1959, all 4 completed ships were converted to radar pickets, as given in the table.

Data variant 1958-59 radar picket conversion

Displacement standard, t

2280

Displacement full, t

2935

Length, m

104.1 pp 111.2 oa

Breadth, m

11.6

Draught, m

4.50 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kn

34

Endurance, nm (at sped, kts)

5000 (15)

Armament

2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 2 x 2 - 40/60 STAAG Mk 2, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 ASWRL

Scorpion: 2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 2 x 2 - 40/60 STAAG Mk 2, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, 1 x 3 - 305 Limbo Mk 10 ASWRL

Sensors

type 965 (AKE-1), 2x type 262, type 293, type 974 radars, type 170, type 174 sonars, UA-3 ECM suite

Complement

234

  

Naval service: Battleaxe was badly damaged 1/8/1962 in collision with frigate Ursa and laid up. Rest ships were laid up in 1964 - 1966.

Many thanks to Borys Estrin for additional information on this page.

Scorpion 1947

 

Broadsword 1962

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15