CUS Maitland (DDE-1942)


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The Maitland class was already under construction when the previous Colborne class was completed. The replacement of the single 4" with the single turreted 4.5" guns meant a large change was required to the layout of the armament. Overall the Maitlands were a much more capable ship than the Colbornes and production only ceased and orders being placed when wars end was in sight.

In one memorable duel, half a dozen Maitland and Colborne class DDE's fought off a Japanese Battlefleet that was trying to get to the transports they were protecting. Smoke and torpedo attack feints kept the Japs off till a full air attack forced the Japs to back off and retire.


Displacement 1,350 tons std 1,700 tons full load
Length 306 ft
Breadth 36 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft turbo-electric drive, 12,000shp
Speed 24 knots
Range 10,000 miles at 12 knots
Armament 2 x 4.5" (2x1)

4 x 40mm AA (2x2)

8 x 20mm (8x1)

Torpedoes 3 x 21" (1x3)
Complement 190-215
Notes CUS Maitland


Two Maitland class under construction. Maitland type destroyer escort at sea on trials.


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