"H" class Fleet Destroyers
Name Pennant Builder Launched Fate
Hardy * H87 Cammel Laird 7 April 1936 Sunk April 1940 at Narvik
Hasty H24 Denny 5 May 1936 Torpedoed by U-55 June 1942
Havock H43 Denny 7 July 1936 Wrecked April 1942
Hereward H93 Vickers Armstrong 10 March 1936 Torpedoed May 1941 by Italian planes
Hero H99 Vickers Armstrong 10 March 1936 To RCN a Chaudiere 1943, Scrapped March 1946
Hostile H55 Scotts 24 Jan. 1936 Mined off Cape Bon Aug. 1940
Hotspur H01 Scotts 23 March 1936 To Dominican Republic as Trujillo 1948
Hunter H35 Swan Hunter 25 Feb. 1936 Sunk April 1940 at Narvik
Hyperion H97 Swan Hunter 8 April 1936 Torpedoed Dec. 1940 by Italian Serpente

* - Flotilla Leader

1:600 view of the "H" class members, prewar, which retained the flat faced bridge. Note tripod mainmast, and, compared
to below, a tall after funnel © Andrew Arthur.
"Hereward" prewar. Both the new angled bridge-face and the temporary twin 4.7" mount were very novel. The latter was the prototype for the type in the "Tribal", "J", "K" and "N" classes. © Andrew Arthur.
1:600 Hero. She too had the new standard of bridge face, and in this wartime view, 20mm AA added, extra DC's in place of "Y" gun, a hedgehog in place of "B" and a 4" AA gun in place of the after tubes. To improve 20mm fire-arcs, the after funnel and large tripod were cut down. © Andrew Arthur.
Hotspur was similarly armed as Hero but had "B" gun and the flat faced bridge. © Andrew Arthur.

By further small weight reductions in the "G" class design, so the "H" evolved, with an enlarged flotilla leader - the Hardy. It was this class that took part in the Second Battle of Narvik, where Warspite and the "H" in attendance barged into Ofot Fjord and sank a great number of German destroyers, for the loss of 2 of our own.
Wishing for a DP and not an LA 4.7" gun mount, the guns, which had previously been placed in recessed wells to allow elevation to the dizzy heights of 40 degrees to test the idea, were placed on new pivoting mounts to allow greater elevation.
The Hereward was fitted with an experimental twin mounting in "B" position, and so a new, armoured bridge / wheelhouse was devised - with the characteristic angled sides and top. This was judged a success, and so was worked into Hero's design, and all later destroyers.
Main wartime changes were shortening the after funnel to improve AA arcs, removing the mainmast and replaceing a torpedo bank with a 12 pounder AA gun. Various other changes were made to thew remaining pair, generally invollving adding 20mm AA cannons and replacing "Y" gun with extra DC's.

Pictures of "H" class Destroyers
Hereward makes a lot of smoke, thanks to Ken Ettie for photo. Just visible is the square
bridgework, not possesed by the two sisters below.
Huge thanks to Ken Ettie for the above sequence showing his Father's Hero oiling
from Repulse in the happy days of the 1930's Meditteranean. The action can be
followed very well - Hero approaches, is the oiled, and then pleasantries are exchanged
before she makes off back to her station.
George Ettie's Hero in port, thanks to Ken for the picture.
Hero rides out a huge swell - got to watch not to fall on a deck like that!
Hero's tubes are trained to port in this shot taken at full speed, possibly just after torpedo
Herspeus in a wartime camouflage. Note funnel banding.
Full Displacement 1860 tons, 1953 tons Hardy Length 323', Hardy 337'
Light Displacement 1340 tons, 1505 tons Hardy Beam 32.25', Hardy 34'
Load 520 tons, 448 tons Hardy Draft 8.5', Hardy 8.75'


Performance & Propulsion
Machinery 4 x Admirality 3 drum boilers, 2 x Parsons Steam Turbines @ 34000 hp ( Hardy, 38000 hp )
Speed 35.5 kts ( Hardy, 36 kts )


Complement & Armament
Complement 145 Officers & Ratings, Flotilla Leaders 175
  • Gun
    • 4 x 1 x 4.7" DP
    • 1 x 1 x 12pdr AA if 1 set of tubes
    • 5 x 1 x 4.7" DP in Hardy
    • 2 x 4 x 0.5" MG or later;
    • 4 x 1 x 20mm Oerlikon AA
  • Torpedoes
    • 1/2 x 4 x 21" tubes
  • ASW
    • DC rails
    • DC throwers
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