HMS Intrepid (D10)

For other ships with the same name, see HMS Intrepid.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Intrepid
Builder: J. Samuel White, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Laid down: 13 January 1936
Launched: 17 December 1936
Identification: Pennant number: D10
Fate: Sunk by air attack, 27 September 1943
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: I-class destroyer
Length: 323 ft (98.5 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10.1 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.8 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 geared steam turbines
Speed: 35.5 knots (65.7 km/h; 40.9 mph)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 145
Sensors and
processing systems:

HMS Intrepid was one of nine I-class destroyers built for the Royal Navy during the 1930s.


The I-class ships were improved versions of the preceding H-class. They displaced 1,370 long tons (1,390 t) at standard load and 1,888 long tons (1,918 t) at deep load. The ships had an overall length of 323 feet (98.5 m), a beam of 33 feet (10.1 m) and a draught of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 m). They were powered by two Parsons geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three Admiralty three-drum boilers. The turbines developed a total of 34,000 shaft horsepower (25,000 kW) and gave a maximum speed of 35.5 knots (65.7 km/h; 40.9 mph). Intrepid carried a maximum of 455 long tons (462 t) of fuel oil that gave her a range of 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The ships' complement was 145 officers and ratings.[1]

The ships mounted four 4.7-inch (120 mm) Mark IX guns in single mounts. For anti-aircraft (AA) defence, they had two quadruple Mark I mounts for the 0.5 inch Vickers Mark III machine gun. The I class was fitted with two above-water quintuple torpedo tube mounts for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes.[2] One depth charge rack and two throwers were fitted; 16 depth charges were originally carried,[1] but this increased to 35 shortly after the war began.[3]

Construction and career

In the Second World War, Intrepid attacked and sank the German submarine U-45 south-west of Ireland on 14 October 1939 in company with the destroyers Ivanhoe and Inglefield. She participated in the pursuit and destruction of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, and in Operation Pedestal, the escorting of a convoy to Malta in August 1942.

Intrepid was adopted by the town of Uxbridge in 1942 to raise funds for the ship's costs.[4]


Memorial to Intrepid's crew, in Port Lakki

Intrepid was attacked by German Ju 88 aircraft and sunk in Leros harbour in the Aegean Sea on 26 September 1943. This was the second ship lost under the command of Commander Charles de Winton Kitcat during the war. Kitcat was in command of Imperial when she was lost while evacuating troops from Crete in 1941.


  1. 1 2 Lenton, p. 161
  2. Whitley, p. 111
  3. English, p. 141
  4. Cotton, Carolynne (1994). Uxbridge Past. London: Historical Publications. ISBN 0-948667-30-3.


Coordinates: 37°7′N 26°51′E / 37.117°N 26.850°E / 37.117; 26.850

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