RZS Menelcamar (DD-1931)


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The Valinor class had mounted the fifth 4" gun in between the funnels, mimicking the Royal Navy practice. The Zealandian Navy did not like the angles that position gave that 4" gun. So for the Menelcamar class the fifth mounting was resited to the end of the afterbridge. This required a rearrangement of the internal layout when compare to the Valinoy class. The magazines for the 4" had to be moved and a new superstructure fitted between the torpedoes to mount the torpedo director and a searchlight. For the Menelcamar class the torpedo mountings were increased from triple sets to quadruple sets and the 2 pounder pom-pom mounting was fitted from new.

The gunnery director fitted allowed the 4" to be used as dual purpose weapons, which had not been the case with the Valinoy class which had only had a low angle director fitted, the guns having to be used in local control for anti-aircraft firing. This was corrected in a late 1930's refit.

Displacement 1,750 tons standard, 2,400 tons full load
Length 359 ft
Breadth 36 ft
Draught 13 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 40,000shp 2 shaft steam turbines, 40,000shp
Speed 35 knots 35 knots
Range 9000 miles at 14 knots 9,000 miles at 14 knots
Armour nil
Armament As Completed
5 x 4" (5x1)
4 x 2pd (1x4)
2 x 20mm (2x1)
With refits to 1940
5 x 4" (5x1)
4 x 2pd (1x4)
8 x 20mm (2x2 4x1)
Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4) 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 135 150
Notes RZS Menelcamar (08/1931)

RZS Soronúmë (09/1931)

RZS Elemmírë 11/1931)

RZS Helluin (01/1932)

RZS Telumendil (04/1932)

RZS Carnil (06/1932)

RZS Isil (12/1932)

RZS Nénar (12/1932)

Depth bombs as fitted in the 1940's refits for anti-submarine work.


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