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Historical Royal Navy DDs

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As a Canadian, I'm really excited to see the RN destroyer line announced and on its way. Inevitably I'll be buying HMCS Haida of the Tribal-class when she hits the shelves as a matter of national pride, especially if she's available for Canada Day, July 1st.

 

The ships in the line themselves are worth taking a gander at, though. Its nice to see each and every one of these warships actually existed and served, making the RN DD line one of the few line in game with none of its individual members being "paper ships". And so, without further ado, we have:

 

Tier 2: HMS Medea

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(Note this image is of Medea's sister ship, HMS Melampus, originally the Greek destroyer Chios, launched in 1914.)

The lead ship of her class, Medea was originally built for the Greek Navy as the Kriti, was purchased by Great Britain in 1914, and was launched in 1915. She was sold and broken up in 1921, after the First World War.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Medea

 

Tier 3: HMS Valkyrie

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Bearing the pennant number (F05), she was a member of the V-class destroyer flotilla leaders, launched in 1917. She was scrapped in 1936.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Valkyrie_(1917)

 

Tier 4: HMS Wakeful

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A member of the W-class, HMS Wakeful bore the pennant number (H88). She was also launched in 1917, served in the Grand Fleet, and was torpedoed and sunk on 29 May 1940 by a German E-boat during Operation Dynamo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Wakeful_(H88)

 

Tier 5: HMS Acasta

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She belonged to the interwar A-class of destroyers, launched in 1929, and bore the pennant number (H09). She fought alongside the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her sister, HMS Ardent against the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. These vessels were sunk by the German warships on 8 June 1940, but their gallantry was noted by the German officers and crew. Additionally, the damage the battleships sustained forced them to retire to occupied Trondheim, Norway for repairs, allowing Allied convoys to safely evacuate troops from Norway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Acasta_(H09)

 

Tier 6: HMS Icarus

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HMS Icarus, one of the 9 interwar I-class destroyers, was launched in 1936, bearing the pennant number (D03). After serving in and surviving the Second World War, during which she performed numerous anti-submarine operations, convoy escorts, and ship-to-ship engagements (notably the Hunt for the Bismarck) in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, she was scrapped in 1946.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Icarus_(D03)


Tier 7: HMS Jervis

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She was the lead ship of the J-class destroyers, and bore the pennant numbers (F00) from 1938-1940 and (G00) subsequently. Jervis was launched in 1938, and bore the namesake of Admiral John Jervis, a British naval commander during the Seven Years War. HMS Jervis served honorably in WW2, earning 13 battle honors, and was eventually sold for scrap in 1954.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Jervis

 

Tier 8: HMS Lightning

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An example of the L-class destroyers, Lightning was launched in 1940 and bore the pennant number (G55). Her career was short-lived, however, as she was torpedoed and sunk by German E-boat S55 on 12 March 1943.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Lightning_(G55)

 

Tier 9: HMS Jutland

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HMS Jutland was the name of 2 Battle-class destroyers. The original Jutland was never completed, and the second, originally HMS Malplaquet, was renamed and launched in 1946, bearing the pennant number (D62). She served in the Royal Navy and was decommissioned, paid off, and scrapped in 1965.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Jutland_(D62)

 

Tier 10: HMS Daring

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The 6th Royal Navy ship to bear the name, HMS Daring (D05) was the lead ship of her class. She was launched in 1949 and served until 1968, finally being scrapped in 1971.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Daring_(D05)

 

And there we have it! All images are from the English Wikipedia, except for the one of HMS Jervis, found on the German wikipedia, and the photo of HMS Melampus, which I got from Naval-History.net.

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By my count this makes only the third full branch of built ships from bottom to top, with the others being IJN Destroyers and USN Carriers.  I may be wrong though.

Nice work!

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On 6/25/2018 at 11:54 AM, Mister_Rawr said:

By my count this makes only the third full branch of built ships from bottom to top, with the others being IJN Destroyers and USN Carriers.  I may be wrong though.

Nice work!

-R

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