Allied Warships

Destroyers

V class

8 ships


The destroyer HMS Virago (R 75) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

TypeDestroyer
Displacement1710 BRT 
Length363 feet 
Complement180 men 
ArmamentAs designed;
4 4.5" guns (4x1)
2 40mm AA (1x2)
6 20mm AA (2x2, 2x1)
8 21" torpedo tubes 
Max speed37 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power40000 HP 
Notes on class 


All ships of the V class


Royal Canadian Navy Royal Canadian Navy (more on Royal Canadian Navy)

HMCS Algonquin (R 17)
HMCS Sioux (R 64)


Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Valentine (ii) (R 17) (To Canada as Algonquin)
HMS Venus (R 50)
HMS Verulam (R 28)
HMS Vigilant (R 93)
HMS Virago (R 75)
HMS Vixen (R 64) (To Canada as Sioux)
HMS Volage (R 41)

Flotilla leader


Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08) Lost on 30 Jan 1944


8 Destroyers (10 names) of the V class. 1 of them was lost.

See all Destroyer classes.


V class ships hit by U-boats (1)

30 Jan 1944HMS Hardy (ii)SunkU-278


All the Gallant Men

Donald Stratton

Books dealing with this subject include:

200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999
A Home on the Rolling Main, A G F Ditcham, 2013
All the Gallant Men, Donald Stratton, 2016
Arctic Convoy PQ8, Michael Wadsworth, 2010
The Battle of Tassafaronga, Russell Syndnor Crenshaw, 2010
Battlestations, Veronico, Nicholas A., 2001
A Blue Water Navy, WAB Douglas, R. Sarty, M. Whitby et al., 2007
British destroyers & frigates, Norman Friedman, 2006
British Destroyers 1892 to 1953, March, Edgar J, 2003
Cadillac of Destroyers, Barrie, Ron and Macpherson, Ken, 1996
Cape Hatteras, Lloyd, Keith Warren, 2008
The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War, Collingwood, Donald, 1999
Capturing Enigma, Harper, Stephen, 2000 (transl.)
Deadly Seas, Bercuson, David Jay and Herwig, Holger H., 1997 (transl.)
Death at a Distance, Michael Sturma, 2006



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