RZS Glaurung (DDL-1938/39)


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The General Purpose destroyer was supposed to have been able to operate without the need for a dedicated leader. However once this had been in operation for a few years it was found that as new equipment was fitted to the ships less room was to be had for Captain 'D' and his staff. A larger unit with more room for Captain 'D' and his staff was designed and put into production. This same design was enlarged considerably to produce the Anduin class Flotilla cruisers which also could be used as Destroyer Leaders when required.

Beautiful big ships, some officers criticised them as being undergunned for their main armament to their size. But finding accommodation and extra space for Captain 'D" and his men meant something had to give. That was where the extra armament went. With the semi-automatic 4.5" turrets they did not lose out too much in the firepower stakes compared to their peers in other navies.

The main refits during the early war period was to the electronics, with all of the 2 pounder mounts receiving radar predictors and the 4.5" gunnery director receiving surface and air targeting radar. The forward twin 20mm was removed and replaced with the twin 40mm Bofor mounting with a predictor for it mounted on the bridge.

Displacement 2,600 tons standardd, 3,450 tons full load
Length 438 ft
Breadth 42 ft
Draught 15 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 60,000shp
Speed 36 knots
Range 6000 miles at 14 knots
Armour nil
Armament 6 x 4.5" (3x2)
2 x 40mm (1x2)
12 x 2pd (3x4)
12 x 20mm (4x2 4x1)
Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 230 (250 as Captain 'D')
Notes RZS Glaurung (10/1938)

RZS Smaug (10/1938)

RZS Angalagon (12/1938)

RZS Scatha (02/1939)

RZS Anguloke (03/1939)

RZS Ulugwin (05/1939)

Depth charge racks at rear of ship.



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