Battle Class Destroyer
2 × twin 4.5 in guns QF Mark III on mounting BD Mk. IV
1 × single 4 in gun QF Mk. XXIII on mount Mk. III (First six ships only. Later removed)
4 × twin 40 mm Bofors mounts "Hazemeyer" Mk. IV
4-6 × single 40 mm Bofors mounts Mk. VII
2 × quad tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk. IX
Two depth charge rails.
Four depth charge throwers.
Depth charges later replaced by 1 x Squid A/S mortar
2 × twin 4.5 in guns QF Mark III on mount BD Mk. IV
1 × single 4.5 in gun QF Mark IV on mount CP Mk. V
2 × twin 40 mm Bofors mounts "STAAG" Mk. II
1 × twin 40 mm Bofors mounts "utility" Mk. V
2 × single 40 mm Bofors mount Mk. VII
2 × pentuple tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk. IX
The Battle class were a class of destroyers of the British Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Built in three groups, the first group were ordered under the 1942 naval estimates. A modified second and third group, together with two ships of an extended design were planned for the 1943 and 1944 estimates. Most of these ships were cancelled when it became apparent that the war was being won and the ships would not be required, although two ships of the third group, ordered for the RAN, were not cancelled and were subsequently completed in Australia.
Seven Battles were commissioned before the end of World War II, but only HMS Barfleur saw action, with the British Pacific Fleet.
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