graduate

U Class, British Destroyers


Photograph of "U"-class destroyer

Imperial War Museum. Via Wikipedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 1777 tons standard displacement
2508 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 362'9" by 35'8" by 10'
110.5m by 10.9m by 3m
Maximum speed       36 knots
Complement 180
Armament 4x1 4.7"/45 guns
2x4 21" torpedo tubes
4x1 40mm Bofors AA guns
70 depth charges
2 depth charge tracks
4 depth charge throwers
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (40,000 shp)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 615 tons fuel oil
Sensors
Type 128 sonar
Type 277 radar
Type 293 radar
HF/DF
Range 4680 nautical miles (8670 km) at 20 knots


The "U" class were completed in 1943-1944 as the fifth group of War Emergency Destroyers or "Cubs". They were slightly larger than the previous "S" class but were otherwise built to the same basic design. Those that saw service in the Pacific had their original 20mm Oerlikon twin mounts replaced with single Bofors mounts. We include here the very similar "V" and "W" classes, the latter differing in having better surface gunnery fire control.

Units in the Pacific:

Wakeful
Arrived 1944-9 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)
Flotilla leader
Wager
Arrived 1944-9 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)

Wessex
Arrived 1944-9 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)

Whelp
Arrived 1944-9 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)

Kempenfelt     
Arrived 1944-10 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)     
Flotilla leader
Grenville     
Arrived 1944-11 (25 Destroyer Flotilla) 
Flotilla leader
Undaunted     
Arrived 1944-11 (25 Destroyer Flotilla) 

Undine
Arrived 1944-11 (25 Destroyer Flotilla) 

Urania
Arrived 1944-11 (25 Destroyer Flotilla)     

Ursa
Arrived 1944-11 (25 Destroyer Flotilla)

Whirlwind     
Arrived 1944-11 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)

Wrangler
Arrived 1944-12 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)

Virago
Arrived 1945-1 (26 Destroyer Flotilla)

Ulster
Arrived 1945-2 (25 Destroyer Flotilla)
Vigilant
Arrived 1945-2 (26 Destroyer Flotilla)

Volage
Arrived 1945-2 (26 Destroyer Flotilla)

Venus Arrived 1945-3 (26 Destroyer Flotilla) Flotilla leader
Verulam
Arrived 1945-3 (26 Destroyer Flotilla)

Ulysses     
Arrived 1945-4 (25 Destroyer Flotilla)
Wizard
Arrived 1945-8 (27 Destroyer Flotilla)


References

Friedman (2006)

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional