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Vampire Class, Australian Destroyers


Photograph of Vampire-class destroyer

Australian War Museum. Via Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 1188 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 312' by 29'6" by 10'9"
95m by 8.99m by 3.27m
Maximum speed       34 knots
Complement 141
Armament 4x1 4" guns
1x1 12pdr gun
2x1 2pdr guns
2x4 0.50 machine guns
2x2 0.303 machine guns
1x3 21" (53cm) torpedo tubes
4 depth charge throwers, 2 depth charge rails
Machinery
2-shaft Brown Curtis geared turbine (27,000 shp)
3 White-Foster boilers
Bunkerage 367 tons fuel oil
Range 2600 nautical miles (4800 km) at 15 knots
Sensors
Type 123 sonar
Modifications
By the end of the war, the armament on Vendetta included 2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns, 2x1 2pdr, 4x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns, 2x4 0.50 machine guns, and 50 depth charges.


The Vampire or Admiralty "V" class of destroyers were completed in British yards in 1917-1919. They were originally designed as flotilla leaders and were the most powerful destroyers in the world in 1919. However, while still serviceable when war broke out in Europe, they were definitely obsolescent.

Four units were transferred to Australia in 1933, and in the early days of the European war, when they operated in the Mediterranean, they formed 10 Flotilla. This was known as the "Scrap Iron Flotilla" for obvious reasons. The three survivors returned to Australia by the time war broke out in the Pacific. Other units of this class remained in British service in European or Mediterranean waters.

By 1941, the ships were likely not capable of more than about 28 knots speed.

Units in the Pacific:


Vendetta     

Singapore undergoing refit     

Vampire
Singapore Sunk by aircraft 1942-4-9 off Ceylon
Voyager
Singapore Crippled by aircraft 1942-9-23 off Timor, grounded as a total loss


References

Cannon (2015)

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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