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|Tonnage||2650 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||148' by 40' by 11'
127m by 12m by 3.4m
|Maximum speed||40 knots|
|Armament||2x2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
2x2 40mm/40 AA guns
1x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
6x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
||2-shaft geared turbine (72,000 shp)
||1000 nautical miles at 38 knots
1850 km at 38 knots
||Type 285 fire control radar
Type 286 air search radar
||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.
ReferencesGogin (2010; accessed 2012-11-30)
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