Allied Warships


S class

6 ships

The destroyer HMS Scourge (G 01) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1710 BRT 
Length363 feet 
Complement180 men 
ArmamentAs designed;
4 4.5" guns (4x1)
2 40mm AA (1x2)
6 20mm AA (2x2, 2x1)
8 21" torpedo tubes 
Max speed37 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power40000 HP 
Notes on class

The S Class destroyers were built as the 5th Emergency Flotilla and consisted of 8 ships.

HMS Savage carried a twin 4.5" gun turret in 'A' position. This was an experimental turret designed to be fitted in the 'Battle'-class destroyers. Savage had no single 4.5" gun fitted in 'B' position, So like her sisters she had also 4 4.5" guns fitted. 

All ships of the S class

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Savage (G 20)
HMS Scorpion (ii) (G 72)
HMS Scourge (G 01)
HMS Serapis (G 94)
HMS Shark (ii) (G 03) (Became the Norwegian destroyer Svenner.)
HMS Success (G 26) (Became the Norwegian destroyer Stord)
HMS Swift (G 46) Lost on 24 Jun 1944

Royal Norwegian Navy Royal Norwegian Navy (more on Royal Norwegian Navy)

HNoMS Stord (G 26) (ex. HMS Success (G 26))
HNoMS Svenner (G 03) (ex. HMS Shark (G 03)) Lost on 6 Jun 1944

Flotilla leader

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Saumarez (G 12)

6 Destroyers (10 names) of the S class. 2 of them were lost.

See all Destroyer classes.

The last stand of the tin can sailors

Hornfischer, James D.

Books dealing with this subject include:

200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999
A Home on the Rolling Main, A G F Ditcham, 2013
Afridi to Nizam – British Fleet Destroyers 1937 – 43, English, John, 2003
All the Gallant Men, Donald Stratton, 2016
Arctic Convoy PQ8, Michael Wadsworth, 2010
The Battle of Tassafaronga, Russell Syndnor Crenshaw, 2010
Battlestations, Veronico, Nicholas A., 2001
Blood on the Sea, Parkin, Robert Sinclair, 1996
A Blue Water Navy, WAB Douglas, R. Sarty, M. Whitby et al., 2007
British destroyers & frigates, Norman Friedman, 2006
British Destroyers 1892 to 1953, March, Edgar J, 2003
British Destroyers in World War Two, Burt, R.A., 1986
Cadillac of Destroyers, Barrie, Ron and Macpherson, Ken, 1996
Cape Hatteras, Lloyd, Keith Warren, 2008
The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War, Collingwood, Donald, 1999

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