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HMS London (D16)

The British destroyer HMS London (D16) underway in 1981

The County-class was a class of guided missile destroyer, the first such vessels built by the Royal Navy. Designed specifically around the Sea Slug anti-aircraft missile system, the primary role of these ships was area air-defense around the aircraft carrier task force in the nuclear-war environment.

In December 1963, Saudi Arabia cancelled their contract for four County-class destroyers and instead purchased a quartet of Soviet M57-class destroyers.

In the 1970s, the County-class destroyers all underwent a massive overhaul to use the newest version of the Sea Dart anti-aircraft missiles.

In the 1980s, the four ships of the third batch of County-class destroyers were transferred to the Chilean Navy.

SpecificationsEdit

Original ConfigurationEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1962-1975
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 521 feet 6 inches (158.95 meters)
    • Beam: 54 feet (16.46 meters)
    • Draught: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,400 tons (Standard); 7,074 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 471
  • Propulsion: 2 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers, geared steam turbines, 36,000 shp, 4 × Metrovick G6 gas turbines, 36,000 shp
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AWADS-1 Information Processing System
    • Type 277/278 Air Search RDF
    • Type 901 Fire Control RDF
    • Type 903/904 Gun Fire Control RDF
    • Type 965 Air Search RDF
    • Type 992Q/993 Surface Search RDF
    • Type 174/177/184 Search ASDIC
    • Type 170 Attack ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 2 x QF 4.5"/55-caliber Mk.V dual purpose naval guns (2x2)
    • 1 x Sea Slug AAM Launcher (fires Sea Slug AAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cell Sea Cat AAM Launchers (fires Sea Cat AAMs)
    • 2 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons
    • 6 x 12.75" torpedo tubes (2x3)
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Westland Wessex maritime helicopter
  • Aviation Facilities: Helicopter pad

1970s RebuildEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1978-1986
  • Characteristics:
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 521 feet 6 inches (158.95 meters)
    • Beam: 54 feet (16.46 meters)
    • Draught: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,400 tons (Standard); 7,074 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 330
  • Propulsion: 4 x Rolls Royce Olympus TM3 gas turbines, 2 x shafts, 112,000 shp
  • Range: 6,300 nautical miles (11,668 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 996 E/F-Band Air Search RDF
    • Type 1022 D-Band Long Range Air/Surface Search RDF
    • Type 1007 Navigation RDF
    • Type 909 I/J-Band Fire Control RDF
    • Type 2016 ASDIC
    • Type 162 ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • Type 1032 Electronic Warfare Suite
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 4.5"/55-caliber Mk.8 naval gun
    • 2 x Twin Arm Missile Launchers (fires GWS.30 Sea Dart AAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cannister Broadsword AShM Launchers
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes
    • 2 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Westland Lynx ASW helicopter
  • Aviation Facilities: Helicopter Pad and Hangar

Unit RunEdit

British EmpireEdit

Batch IEdit

  • HMS Rutland (DM 01)
  • HMS Devonshire (DM 02)
  • HMS Merseyside (DM 03)
  • HMS Cheshire (DM 04)
  • HMS Warwickshire (DM 05)
  • HMS Hampshire (DM 06)
  • HMS Cumbria (DM 07)
  • HMS Lincolnshire (DM 08)
  • HMS Sutherland (DM 09)
  • HMS Caithness (DM 10)
  • HMS Tweeddale (DM 11)

Batch IIEdit

  • HMS Kent (DM 12)
  • HMS Suffolk (DM 13)
  • HMS York (DM 14)
  • HMS Northumberland (DM 15)
  • HMS London (DM 16)
  • HMS Surrey (DM 17)

Batch IIIEdit

  • HMS Antrim (DM 18) - sold to Chile, renamed BAC Almirante Cochrane (D-12) (1984-2008)
  • HMS Glamorgan (DM 19) - sold to Chile, renamed BAC Almirante Latorre (D-13) (1986-2010)
  • HMS Fife (DM 20) - sold to Chile, renamed BAC Blanco Encalada (D-14) (1987-2011)
  • HMS Norfolk (DM 21) - sold to Chile, renamed BAC Capitán Prat (D-11) (1982-2006)

Saudi ArabiaEdit

  • Unnamed - cancelled and reordered as Soviet M57-class destroyer
  • Unnamed - cancelled and reordered as Soviet M57-class destroyer
  • Unnamed - cancelled and reordered as Soviet M57-class destroyer
  • Unnamed - cancelled and reordered as Soviet M57-class destroyer