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|Tonnage||1188 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||312' by 29'6" by 10'9"
95m by 8.99m by 3.27m
|Maximum speed||34 knots|
|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
||2-shaft Brown Curtis geared
3 White-Foster boilers
|Bunkerage||367 tons fuel oil|
|Range||2600 nautical miles (4800 km) at 15 knots|
||By the end of the war, the
armament on Vendetta
guns, 2x1 2pdr, 4x1 20mm
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
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
service in European or Mediterranean waters.
By 1941, the ships were likely not capable of more than
about 28 knots speed.
||Singapore||Sunk by aircraft
1942-4-9 off Ceylon
||Singapore||Crippled by aircraft
off Timor, grounded as a
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