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Modified Black Swan Class, British Sloops


Photograph of HMS kite, a modified Black Swan class sloop

Imperial War Museum. Via Wikipedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 1470 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 299'6" by 37'6" by 8'5"
91.29m by 11.43m by 2.57m
Maximum speed       19.5 knots
Complement
210
Armament 3x2 4"/45 DP guns
2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns (1545 rounds per gun)
2x2, 2x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns (2700 rounds per gun)
4 depth charge throwers
3 depth charge rack (110 depth charges)
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (4300 shp)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage
420 tons
Range
7000 nautical miles (13,900 km) at 15 knots
Sensors
Type 144 sonar
Type 282 radar
HF/DF


The Black Swan class had proven sufficiently sound that, after war broke out in Europe, another ten units were ordered. However, a number of alterations were made to the design that justifies regarding them as a separate class. In particular, they had stronger antiaircraft armament and a larger load out of depth charges, and a modest amount of splinter protection was worked into the bridge and gun shields.

British units in the Pacific:


Redpole
Arrived 1944-10-21
Hind
Arrived 1944-11
Crane     
Arrived 1945-1
Woodcock     
Arrived 1945-1
Pheasant     
Arrived 1945-2
Amethyst
Arrived 1945-6
Hart
Arrived 1945-7
Alacrity
Arrived 1945-7


References

Friedman (2006)



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