HMAS Tauranga (DDL-1916 (1935-mod))


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Later Marksman Class Leaders built by the Australis Navy to act as leaders with their L, R & S class destroyers. With the R & S class ships being refitted/rebuilt into destroyer escorts (the L's had been sold discarded in the 1920's early 30's), the need still existed for those ships to require a 'Leader' type vessel. The decision was taken to refurbish the 6 Hastings Class ships along the same lines as the Stuart class destroyers of the same generation and size.

Rebuilt with 2 twin 4.5" turrets this gave these ships a much better armament than the 4 x 4" in single mounts they started with.  The forward superfiring position was removed. This gave space and weight for the 4.5" mounting to be placed as far back from the bow as possible. The aft superstructure was rebuilt to allow the mounting of the aft turret.


Displacement 1650 tons std, 2300 tons full load
Length 325.5 ft
Breadth 32 ft
Draught 14 ft
Machinery 3 shaft steam turbines 37,000shp
Speed 34 knots
Range 3500 miles at 12 knots
Armour nil
Armament 4 x 4.5" (2x2)

4 x 2pd (1x4)

6 x 20mm (3x2)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 125
Notes HMAS Hastings

HMAS Tauranga

HMAS Harbord

HMAS Manly

HMAS Bondi

HMAS Avalon


Marksman Class before conversion.


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