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Napier Class, Australian Destroyers


Photograph of HMAS Nizam, a Napier class destroyer

State Library of Victoria. Via Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 1`690 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 356'6" by 35'8" by 9'
108.6m by 10.8m by 2.7m
Maximum speed       36 knots
Complement 183
Armament 3x2 4.7"/45 guns (250 rounds per gun)
1 4"/45 dual-purpose gun
1x4 2pdr guns
4x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2x5 21" (53cm) torpedo tubes
1 depth charge track (20 depth charges)
2 depth charge throwers
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (40,000 shp)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 484 tons fuel oil
Range 5500 nautical miles (10,000 km) at 15 knots
Sensors
Type 286P radar
Modifications
1942: Type 286P radar replaced with Type 291.
1944-1945: One torpedo bank replaced with 3x1 40mm Bofors AA guns.

The Napier or "N" class of destroyers were completed in 1940-1942 in British yards and transferred to Australia. They were practically identical to the Javelin class.


Units in the Pacific:

Napier
Arrived 1942-1 (Colombo)  
Arrived late 1943 (Colombo)     
Withdrawn 1942-5
Nizam
Arrived 1942-1 (Colombo)  
Arrived late 1943 (Colombo)     
Withdrawn 1942-5

Nepal  

Arrived 1942-1 (Colombo)   
Arrived late 1943 (Colombo)     
Withdrawn 1942-5
Norman     
Arrived 1942-1 (Colombo)  
Arrived late 1943 (Colombo)     
Withdrawn 1942-5
Nestor
Arrived 1942-1 (Colombo)  
Withdrawn 1942-5


References

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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