U and V-class destroyer

Class overview
Name: U and V class
Preceded by: S and T class
Succeeded by: W and Z class
Built: 19411944
In commission: 19431982
Completed: 16
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 1,777 long tons (1,806 t) standard
  • 2,058 long tons (2,091 t) full load
Length: 363 ft (111 m)
Beam: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
  • 2 × Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers
  • Geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp (29,828 kW)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 36.75 knots (42.3 mph; 68.1 km/h)[1]
Range: 4,860 nmi (9,000 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 180 (225 in flotilla leader)

The U and V class was a class of sixteen destroyers of the Royal Navy launched in 19421943. They were constructed in two flotillas, each with names beginning with "U-" or "V-" (although there was a return to the pre-war practice of naming the designated flotilla leader after a famous naval figure from history to honour the lost ships Grenville and Hardy). The flotillas constituted the 7th Emergency Flotilla and 8th Emergency Flotilla, built under the War Emergency Programme. These ships used the Fuze Keeping Clock HA Fire Control Computer.[2]

Notable actions

Four ships, Verulam, Venus, Vigilant and Virago, formed part of the 26th Destroyer Flotilla that ambushed and sank the Japanese cruiser Haguro, off Sumatra.

U class

V class

See also


  1. Robert Gardiner (ed.). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. Naval Institute Press. p. 42.
  2. Hodges, Peter; Friedman, Norman (1979). Destroyer Weapons of World War II. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-85177-137-8.


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