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Abdiel Class, British Minelayer


Photograph of Abdiel-class minelayer

State Library of Victoria. Via Wikimedia Commons.


Specifications:


Tonnage 2650 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 148' by 40' by 11'
127m by 12m by 3.4m
Maximum speed       40 knots
Complement 242
Armament 2x2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
2x2 40mm/40 AA guns
1x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
6x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
160 mines
Machinery
2-shaft geared turbine (72,000 shp)
Range
1000 nautical miles at 38 knots
1850 km at 38 knots
Bunkerage
825 tons
Sensors
Type 285 fire control radar
Type 286 air search radar
Modifications
7-1945: Light antiaircraft upgraded to 6x2 20mm Oerlikons, 5x1 40mm Bofors.


Described as cruiser minelayers, the Abdiels were modern units that played a significant role in resupplying Malta in the Mediterranean war. Intended for offensive minelaying, they were the fastest ships in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, though the requirement for high speed limited their mine capacity. One unit, Ariadne, participated in the Leyte operation and additional units were on the way to Australia when the war ended.


Units in the Pacific:

Ariadne
Arrived 1944-2

Manxman      
Arrived 1945-7

Apollo
Arrived 1945-7


References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-11-30)
uboat.net (accessed 2012-11-6)



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