HMAS Longreach (DDE-1917 (1937-mod)


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The remaining 6 of 16 R class destroyers were modified into destroyer escorts from 1935 onwards. One set of torpedoes were removed, the 4" guns refurbished onto AA mountings with shields but only two were fitted in A and X positions the Y mounting being removed. The light AA was increased with 4-6 20mm being fitted. Speed was kept the same and the ships remained useful in auxiliary roles. Many a convoy on the Perth to Durban or Perth to Aden routes were happy to see these old fashioned ships in company with them.


Displacement 1000 tons std, 1250 tons full load
Length 276 ft
Breadth 27 ft
Draught 10 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 27,000shp
Speed 35 knots
Range 3700 miles at 15 knots
Armour nil
Armament 2 x 4" (2x1)

4 x 20mm (4x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil removed
Complement 80
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