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Saber Class, British Destroyers


Photograph of Saber-class destroyer

Australian War Memorial. Via Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage
905 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 276' by 26'9" by 10'6"
84.12m by 8.15m by 3.20m
Maximum speed       33 knots
Complement 109
Armament 3 4.7"/45 guns (160 rounds per gun)
4 21" torpedo tubes
1 2pdr AA gun
2 depth charge rails
Minelaying gear
Machinery
2-shaft Brown-Curtis geared turbine (27,000 shp)
3 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 301 tons fuel oil
Range 2750 nautical miles (5090 km) at 15 knots
Sensors
Type 133 sonar
Modifications
Likely upgraded by replace the 2pdr and one 4.7" mount with 1 40mm Bofors AA gun and 4 20mm Oerlikon AA guns


The Sabers, or "S" class destroyers, were completed in 1918.  Very modern when completed, with such refinements as enclosed gun mounts, they were obsolete by the start of the Pacific War.  Some were converted to minelayers, while others were relegated to convoy escort duty, for which their speed and armament were adequate. Those sent to the Far East were probably all fitted for minelaying, but otherwise were little modernized and likely lacked even rudimentary radar.

The design speed of 36 knots was never reached in builder's trials. Their speed by 1942 was probably significantly less than 33 knots.


Units in the Pacific:

Tenedos

Changi

Thanet

Hong Kong Sunk by gunfire 1942-1-26 off Endau

Scout

Hong Kong


Stronghold     

Hong Kong


Saumarez Arrived 1945-1     


References

Cannon (2015)
Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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