HMCS Cayuga

HMCS Cayuga (D218) after its DDE conversion, with all four QF 4"/45-caliber gun mounts.

The Tribal- or Afridi-class, were a class of destroyers built for the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Australian Navy that saw service in World War II. Originally conceived as a failed design for a light fleet cruiser, the Tribals evolved into fast, powerful destroyers, with greater emphasis on guns over torpedoes than previous destroyers, in response to new designs by Japan, Italy, and Germany. The Tribals were well admired by their crews and the public when they were in service due to their power, often becoming symbols of prestige while in service.

As some of the Royal Navy's most modern and powerful escort ships, the Tribal-class served with distinction in nearly all theatres of World War II. Only a handful of Royal Navy Tribal-class destroyers survived the war, all of which were subsequently scrapped from hard use, while Commonwealth Tribals continued to serve into the Cold War. Only one Tribal-class survives to this day: HMCS Haida, which is now a museum ship in Hamilton Harbour, Ontario, Canada.


  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1938-1974
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 380 feet (115.82 meters)
    • Beam: 37 feet 6 inches (11.43 meters)
    • Draught: 13 feet (3.96 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,000 tons (Standard); 2,660 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 200
  • Propulsion: 3 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 Parsons steam turbines, 2 shafts, 44,000 shp (33,000 kW)
  • Range: 5,700 nautical miles (10,560 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 36 knots (66.67 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 268 Target Indication and Navigation RDF
    • Type 271 Surface Warning RDF
    • Type 285 Anti-Aircraft Fire Control RDF
    • Type 291 Air Warning RDF
    • Type 144 ASDIC
    • Type 144Q ASDIC
    • Type 147F ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 8 x QF 4.7"/45-caliber Mk.XII dual purpose naval guns (4x2)
    • 16 x QF 2-pdr anti-aircraft guns (4x4)
    • 32 x Vickers .50-caliber Mk.III machine guns (8x4)
    • 8 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (4x2)
    • 8 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (4x2)
    • 4 x 21-inch torpedo tubes
    • 1 x depth charge rack, 2 x depth charge catapults

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

  • HMS Afridi
  • HMS Ashanti
  • HMS Bedouin - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gaziantep (D-344)
  • HMS Cossack
  • HMS Eskimo - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gelibolu (D-346)
  • HMS Gurkha
  • HMS Maori - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Giresun (D-345)
  • HMS Mashona - sold to West Japan, renamed RJS Hatakaze (DD-102)
  • HMS Matabele
  • HMS Mohawk - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gemlik (D-347)
  • HMS Nubian - sold to West Japan, renamed RJS Asakaze (DD-101)
  • HMS Punjabi - sold to Greece, renamed VP Keravnos (D-19)
  • HMS Sikh
  • HMS Somali
  • HMS Tartar
  • HMS Zulu - sold to Greece, renamed VP Nea Genea (D-20)

Royal Australian NavyEdit

  • HMAS Arunta
  • HMAS Warramunga
  • HMAS Kurnai
  • HMAS Chingilli
  • HMAS Bataan
  • HMAS Mitaka
  • HMAS Baradha
  • HMAS Kuwarra
  • HMAS Larrakia
  • HMAS Rembarnga
  • HMAS Banjima
  • HMAS Irukandji
  • HMAS Bakanambia
  • HMAS Pangkala
  • HMAS Arakwal
  • HMAS Wongkumara

Royal Canadian NavyEdit

  • HMCS Athabaskan (D212)
  • HMCS Nootka (D213)
  • HMCS Micmac (D214)
  • HMCS Haida (D215)
  • HMCS Huron (D216)
  • HMCS Iroquois (D217)
  • HMCS Cayuga (D218)
  • HMCS Algonquin (D219)
  • HMCS Sioux (D220)
  • HMCS Esquimalt (D221)
  • HMCS Comox (D222)
  • HMCS Salish (D223)
  • HMCS Seneca (D224)
  • HMCS Blackfoot (D225)
  • HMCS Maliseet (D226)
  • HMCS Salteaux (D227)

Republic of China NavyEdit

  • ROCS Gui Yang (DD-897)
  • ROCS Qing Yang (DD-898)
  • ROCS An Yang (DD-899)
  • ROCS Kun Yang (DD-900)

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