Allied Warships

Escort destroyers

Hunt (Type III) class

21 ships

The escort destroyer HMS Holcombe (L 56) of the Royal Navy. She was lost on 12 Dec 1943.

Technical information

TypeEscort destroyer
Displacement1050 BRT 
Length85.3 m 
Complement168 men 

4 4" AA guns (2x2)
4 2pdr AA (1x4)
3 20mm AA (3x1)
2 21" torpedo tubes (1x2) 

Max speed29 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power19000 HP 
Notes on class

Torpedo tubes were added to this variant of the Hunt-class design. To compensate for the weight of the torpedo tubes only 2 twin 4" gun mounts were carried. 

Royal Navy Royal Navy ships of the Hunt (Type III) class

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HMS Airedale (L 07) Lost on 15 Jun 1942
HMS Albrighton (L 12)
HMS Aldenham (L 22) Lost on 14 Dec 1944
HMS Belvoir (L 32)
HMS Blean (L 47) Lost on 11 Dec 1942
HMS Bleasdale (L 50)
HMS Bolebroke (L 65) (To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Pindos)
HMS Border (L 67) (To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Adrias)
HMS Catterick (L 81)
HMS Derwent (L 83)
HMS Easton (L 09)
HMS Eggesford (L 15)
HMS Goathland (L 27)
HMS Haldon (L 19) (Became the Free French destroyer La Combattante)
HMS Hatherleigh (L 53) (To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Kanaris)
HMS Haydon (L 75)
HMS Holcombe (L 56) Lost on 12 Dec 1943
HMS Limbourne (L 57) Lost on 23 Oct 1943
HMS Melbreak (L 73)
HMS Modbury (L 91) (To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Miaoulis)
HMS Penylan (L 89) Lost on 3 Dec 1942
HMS Rockwood (L 39)
HMS Stevenstone (L 16)
HMS Talybont (L 18)
HMS Tanatside (L 69)
HMS Wensleydale (L 86)

21 Escort destroyers (26 names) of the Hunt (Type III) class. 6 of them were lost.

See all Royal Navy Escort destroyer classes.

Hunt (Type III) class ships hit by U-boats (2)

11 Dec 1942HMS BleanSunkU-443
12 Dec 1943HMS HolcombeSunkU-593

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