Allied Warships


Italian Navy

Like Corvettes, the sloop was a slow escort (16 knots) vessel, small and somewhat lightly armed. The main design element of this type of ship was long voyages so they could outperform the corvette in this regard.

They were intended for the Mediterranean and South Pacific service which made them cold and miserable ships in the more hostile North Atlantic. One class, Black Swan, that was designed just before the war, was faster (19 knots) and carried more anti-aircraft armament. Sloops generally carried a large number of depth charges and were very well equipped with sensors making then effective U-boat hunters.

The Royal Navy's escort sloop emphasized range and anti- aircraft protection on a destroyer size hull. Destroyers, by contrast, emphasized high speed, low angle guns, and torpedoes for their fleet screen duties. A sloop achieved half a destroyer's speed on 1/10 the horsepower; but ASDIC was useless at higher speeds, and more economical engines offered greater endurance. Destroyer construction took precedence between the wars because destroyers could undertake convoy escort, but sloops could never effectively screen the battle fleet.

The sloop was favored by perhaps the most famous of all Allied ASW commander was Captain Johnnie Walker, RN. Under his command the sloop HMS Starling became the most successful U-boat killer of all.

All Sloop classes (in service with the Italian Navy).

 Eritrea (1)1937 - 1937

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War losses: Sloops



30 Apr 1940HMS Bittern (L 07)Bittern 
14 May 1940HNMS Johan Maurits van Nassau (i)Johan Maurits van Nassau 
24 Aug 1940HMS Penzance (L 28)Folkestone 
15 Sep 1940HMS Dundee (L 84)Falmouth 


25 May 1941HMS Grimsby (L 16 / U 16)Grimsby 
24 Jun 1941HMS Auckland (L 61 / U 61)Egret 
27 Nov 1941HMAS Parramatta (L 44 / U 44)Grimsby 


31 Jan 1942HMS Culver (Y 87)Banff 
4 Mar 1942HMAS Yarra (L 77 / U 77)Grimsby 
6 Apr 1942HMIS Indus (L 67 / U 67)Grimsby 
8 Nov 1942HMS Hartland (Y 00)Banff 
8 Nov 1942HMS Walney (Y 04)Banff 
10 Nov 1942HMS Ibis (U 99)Black Swan 


27 Aug 1943HMS Egret (L 75 / U 75)Egret 


27 Feb 1944HMS Woodpecker (U 08)Modified Black Swan 
21 Aug 1944HMS Kite (U 87)Modified Black Swan 


17 Feb 1945HMS Lark (U 11)Modified Black Swan 
20 Mar 1945HMS Lapwing (U 62)Modified Black Swan 

18 Sloops lost. See all Allied Warship losses.

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