PCS Tajfun (DD-1933)


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By 1930 some of the half dozen ex-L class destroyers were starting to show their age, spending more time under refit than at sea. A new class of destroyer was required to back up and support the the Vilnius class cruisers on patrol in the Gulf of Finland. Laid down in pairs in 1930 and 1931 they were completed in 1933 and 1934. They were also a government initiative to get the shipyards of Gdansk back into work after the layoffs of 1929. Based on the Commonwealth A-I design of destroyers, the basic design was modified to Polithstovian requirements. The Commonwealth design of the time were mounting the new twin 4.5" turret with one fore and one aft, which did not suit the Polithstovian Navy as these destroyers would have been the only ships in the fleet with the 4.5" gun and would have required another shell set to be produced for them. By mounting three twin 4" on dual purpose mountings they would be using guns already in the fleet.

These were very good general purpose destroyers. With good speed and endurance they were exactly what was required by Polithstovia.


Displacement 1,500 tons std, 1,950 tons full load
Length 322.5 ft
Breadth 34 ft
Draught 11 ft
Machinery 2 shaft geared turbines, 33,000shp
Speed 35/36 knots
Range 3000 at 15 knots
Armament 6 x 4" (3x2)

4 x 2pd" (1x4)

12 x 0.5" (3x4)

Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 130
Notes PCS Tajfun


Tajfun showing battle damage. Fore turret and flash protector have been removed for repair.


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