Allied Warships


Halcyon class

21 ships

The minesweeper HMS Halcyon (J 42) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement850 BRT 
Length245 feet 
Complement80 men 
Armament2 x 4" AA guns (2x1)
4 .5" AA (1x4) 
Max speed17 knots
EnginesReciprocating engines / Geared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power1750 IHP / SHP 
Notes on classThere were three variants of the class;
Displacement, dimensions, engines and armament was not exactly the same for each variant.

The first group had reciprocating engines, the second and third group had geared turbines.

Also check out this very fine website on this class (offsite link). 

All ships of the Halcyon class

First group

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Halcyon (J 42)
HMS Harrier (J 71)
HMS Hussar (J 82) Lost on 27 Aug 1944
HMS Niger (i) (J 73) Lost on 5 Jul 1942
HMS Salamander (J 86)
HMS Skipjack (J 38) Lost on 1 Jun 1940
HMS Speedwell (J 87)

Second group

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Franklin (J 84)
HMS Gleaner (J 83)
HMS Gossamer (J 63) Lost on 24 Jun 1942
HMS Hazard (J 02)
HMS Hebe (J 24) Lost on 22 Nov 1943
HMS Jason (J 99)
HMS Leda (J 93) Lost on 20 Sep 1942
HMS Seagull (J 85)
HMS Sharpshooter (J 68)

Third group

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Bramble (i) (J 11) Lost on 31 Dec 1942
HMS Britomart (J 22) Lost on 27 Aug 1944
HMS Scott (J 79)
HMS Speedy (J 17)
HMS Sphinx (J 69) Lost on 3 Feb 1940

21 Minesweepers of the Halcyon class. 9 of them were lost.

See all Minesweeper classes.

Halcyon class ships hit by U-boats (2)

22 Nov 1943HMS HebeSunkU-453
20 Sep 1942HMS LedaSunkU-435

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