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RCNDestroyersAtVancouver1939

A pair of Canadian C/D-class destroyers moored at Vancouver, British Columbia on May 26th, 1939.

The C/D-class was a group of 26 destroyers built for the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy in the early 1930s. As in previous years, it was originally intended to order a complete flotilla comprising eight destroyers—plus a flotilla leader as the ninth unit—in each year. However, only four ships—plus a leader—were ordered under the 1929–30 Programme as the C class. The other four ships planned for the C class were never ordered as an economy measure and disarmament gesture by the Labour government of Ramsay Macdonald. A complete flotilla—the 'D' class—was ordered under the 1930–31 Programme.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1932-1945
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 329 feet (100.28 meters)
    • Beam: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
    • Draft: 12 feet 6 inches (3.81 meters)
    • Displacement: 1,375 tons (Standard); 1,890 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 145
  • Propulsion: 3 x Admiralty superheated high pressure boilers, 2 x Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 36,000 shp (27,000 kW)
  • Range: 5,870 nautical miles (10,871 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 36 knots (66.7 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 271 target-indication RDF
    • Type 286 short-range surface search RDF
    • HF/DF Radio Direction Finder
    • Type 124 ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 4 x QF 4.7"/45-caliber Mk.IX dual purpose naval guns (4x1)
    • 1 x QF 3"/45-caliber 20 cwt anti-aircraft guns (1x1)
    • 8 x QF.5-inch Vickers machine guns (2x4)
    • 8 x 21" torpedo tubes
    • 20 x depth charges, 1 x rail, 2 x throwers

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

C-classEdit

  • HMS Kempenfelt (D18/I18) - flotilla leader
  • HMS Comet (H00)
  • HMS Crescent (H48) - Ssnk in collision with HMS Calcutta in Gironde estuary on June 25th, 1940.
  • HMS Crusader (H60)
  • HMS Cygnet (H83)

D-classEdit

  • HMS Duncan (D99/I99) - flotilla leader
  • HMS Defender (H07) - Bombed and sunk on July 11th, 1941.
  • HMS Daring (H16) - Torpedoed by KMS U-23 on February 18th, 1940.
  • HMS Diamond (H22) - Bombed and sunk on April 27th, 1941.
  • HMS Delight (H38) - Bombed and sunk on July 29th, 1940.
  • HMS Diana (H49) - Sunk in collision with MV Port Fairy on October 22nd, 1940.
  • HMS Dainty (H53) - Bombed and sunk off Tobruk on February 24th, 1941.
  • HMS Duchess (H64) - Sunk in collision with HMS Barham on December 12th, 1939.
  • HMS Decoy (H75)

Royal Canadian NavyEdit

  • HMCS Assiniboine (D188)
  • HMCS Fraser (D189)
  • HMCS Ottawa (D190)
  • HMCS Restigouche (D191)
  • HMCS St. Laurent (D192)
  • HMCS Kootenay (D193)
  • HMCS Margaree (D194)
  • HMCS Liard (D195)

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