Allied Warships

River gunboats

Insect class

10 ships


The river gunboat HMS Gnat of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

TypeRiver gunboat
Displacement645 BRT 
Length237,5 feet 
Complement55 men 
Armament2 6" guns (2x1)
1 3" AA gun
1 2pdr. AA
Several machine guns (varied) 
Max speed14 knots
Engines2 Boilers, Triple expansion engines, 2 shafts 
Power2000 HP 
Notes on class 


All ships of the Insect class


Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Aphis (T 57)
HMS Cicala (T 71) Lost on 21 Dec 1941
HMS Cockchafer (T 72)
HMS Cricket (T 75)
HMS Gnat (T 60)
HMS Ladybird (T 58) Lost on 12 May 1941
HMS Mantis (T 70)
HMS Moth (T 69)
HMS Scarab (T 59)
HMS Tarantula (T 62)


10 River gunboats of the Insect class. 2 of them were lost.

See all River gunboat classes.


Insect class ships hit by U-boats (1)

21 Oct 1941HMS GnatTotal lossU-79

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