GRN Volynia (DDL-1939+)


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The Galician shipyards had slowly improved their output using Italian designs as the basis for many of their ships. The Volynia class were no exception. The Galicians had licensed the 5.3" weapon system and was happy to use it for the main armament of its destroyers. The first pair were completed in 1939 while the second pair that was supposed to be completed late in 1940 did not complete till early 1942. A further two pairs of the type were cancelled as orders for the Army and Airforce received priority.

Good big destroyers they featured a heavy AA armament from the dual purpose 5.3" to 40mm and 20mm. By 1942 the 20mm had been removed in favour of single and twin 40mm only. Also from 1942 the ships started sprouting radar receivers and detectors of Germanic States origin. The fitting of the triple 5.3" meant the ship had to be considerably wider than most other destroyers. This affected the hull form so the ships were not as fast as they could have been with a rearranged main armament with possibly three twins instead.


Displacement 2,400 tons std  3,150 tons full load
Length 385.5 ft
Breadth 44 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 60,000shp
Speed 35 knots
Range 4000 miles at 15 knots (1800 at 32 knots)
Armour nil
Armament 6 x 5.3" (2x3)

14 x 40mm (4x2 6x1)

Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 300
Notes GRN Volynia



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