|Displacement||1690 (Kelly 1695) BRT|
|Length||357 feet (oa)|
|Complement||183 (Kelly 218) men|
6 4.7" guns (3x2) 4 2pdr AA (1x4) 8 .5" MG AA (2x4) 10 21" torpedo tubes (2x5)
|Max speed||36 knots|
|Engines||Geared turbines, 2 shafts|
|Notes on class|
The J, K and N Class ships were developed as a result of the Admiralty under pressure to cut costs but requiring more new and powerful destroyers. The cost of further Tribal Class ships was attractive but could not be justified on cost grounds. The Staff requirement also required a return to a heavy torpedo outfit. While some see these ships as cut down versions of the Tribal Class they were the first to see the introduction on Longitudinal Frames and other weight saving methods of construction. Several ships owed this method of construction to their survival, HMS Javelin was mined and reduced to less than half her original length, but she was towed in and repaired.
Many of the J and K Classes served and were lost in the Mediterranean they participated in many successful engagements, accounting for Italian cruisers, destroyers and many merchant ships.
Pennant numbers changes from F .. to G .. in late 1940 (in or around December).
All ships of the K class
|HMS Kandahar (F 28)||Lost on 20 Dec 1941|
|HMS Kashmir (F 12)||Lost on 23 May 1941|
|HMS Kelvin (F 37)|
|HMS Khartoum (F 45)||Lost on 23 Jun 1940|
|HMS Kimberley (F 50)|
|HMS Kingston (F 64)||Lost on 11 Apr 1942|
|HMS Kipling (F 91)||Lost on 11 May 1942|
|HMS Kelly (F 01)||Lost on 23 May 1941|
Full wartime service history on this vessel.
See all Destroyer classes.
K class ships hit by U-boats (1)
|12 Jan 1942||HMS Kimberley||Damaged||U-77|
The last stand of the tin can sailors
Hornfischer, James D.
Books dealing with this subject include:
200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999