|"E" class Fleet Destroyers|
|Exmouth*||H02||Portsmouth RDY||7 Feb. 34||Torpedoed 21 Jan. 1940 by U-22|
|Echo||H23||Denny||16 Feb. 1934||To RHN as Navarinon 1944-56, Scrapped Apr. 1956|
|Eclipse||H08||Denny||12 Apr. 1934||Mined 24 Oct. 1943|
|Electra||H27||Hawthorne Leslie||15 Feb. 1934||Sunk by Japanese gunfire Feb. 1942|
|Encounter||H10||Hawthorne Leslie||29 Mar. 1934||Sunk by Japanese gunfire Mar. 1942|
|Escapade||H17||Scotts||30 Jan. 1934||Scrapped Feb. 1947|
|Escort||H66||Scotts||29 Mar. 1934||Torpedoed July 1940 by Italian Submarine|
|Esk||H15||Swan Hunter||19 Mar. 1934||Mined 31 Aug 1940|
|Express||H61||Swan Hunter||29 May 1934||To RCN as Gatineau 1943, Scrapped 1956|
* - Flotilla Leader
|The "E" class were slightly larger than the "D" class, but otherwise the same. © Andrew Arthur.|
|"Escapade" in WW2. Strangely, it was DC stowage and not a 3" AA gun that replaced the after topedoes. Four 20mm AA were shipped, a hedgehog in place of the "A" gun, and extra DC's inplace of "Y" gun too. © Andrew Arthur.|
|"Express" could be quickly changed to a minelayer, although never was. All torpedoes and two 4.7" guns were removed, and mine tracks ( and their mines ) layed along each side of the quarterdeck. The cutaway aft contained the launching gear . ports. © Andrew Arthur.|
This class was similar to the
"C" and "D"s, but both beam and draught were
allowed to increase, and the previous policy of varying
flotilla's for either an ASW or minesweeping was changed to
minesweeping or minelaying, although asdic was still fitted to
allow conversion for ASW if needed. Esk and Express
were fitted for minelaying, having a chain system for 60 mines to
be quickly laid ( although they never performed this role ) and
the rest recieved DC racks and throwers.
Damage control was improved by increased sub-dividing and placing all boilers in seperate compartment.
The 3" gun was never shipped, and 2 quad 0.5" MG's were judged a good replacement (!).
To falicitate increasing the elevation of the 4.7" guns, the guns were placed in wells, and trunion height increased. This allowed 40 degrees to be reached, and also helped loading at high and low angles.
In the flotilla leader, a fifth 4.7" was added, and the machine guns were moved to the wings of the signal bridge.
General war mods were AW type 286 at the masthead, MG's removed and four single 20mm AA added, replacing after tubes with a 12 pound AA ( later replaced by DC stowage ), after funnel shortened and mainmast stricken. SW type 271 replaced the LA.DCT, and later, a further two 20mm AA were added.
Express later replaced "B" gun with a twin 6 pouner and a hedgehog, and the last tubes were removed. The 12 pounder was re-shipped.
|Gross Displacement||1940 tons, Flotilla Leaders 2050 tons||Length||329' ( 343' Flotilla Leaders )|
|Net Displacement||1375 tons, Flotilla Leaders 1475 tons||Beam||33.25' ( 33.75' Flotilla Leaders)|
|Load||565 tons, Flotilla Leaders 575 tons||Draft||8.5' ( 8.75' Flotilla Leaders )|
|Performance & Propulsion|
|Machinery||4 x Admirality 3 drum boilers, 2 x Steam Turbines @ 36000 hp ( 38000 hp Flotilla Leaders )|
|Speed||35.5 kts ( 36 kts Flotilla Leaders )|
|Armament & Complement|
|Complement||145 Officers & Ratings, Flotilla Leaders 175|