First group: 6 4" AA guns (3x2) 4 2pdr AA (1x4) 8 .5" AA (2x4) 160 mines
Second group: 4 4" AA guns (2x2) 4 40mm AA (2x2) 12 20mm AA (6x2) 160 mines
|Max speed||40 knots|
|Engines||Geared turbines, 2 shafts|
|Notes on class|
This was the main British minelayer (or warship minelayers as opposed to auxiliary minelayers).
This class was built in two groups. The ships and their armament differed considerably.
They were very fast at 40 knots and could do the Gibraltar to Malta run overnight and were used to supply fuel & food to the island.
All ships of the Abdiel class
|HMS Abdiel (M 39)||Lost on 10 Sep 1943|
|HMS Latona (M 76)||Lost on 25 Oct 1941|
|HMS Manxman (M 70)|
|HMS Welshman (M 84)||Lost on 1 Feb 1943|
|HMS Apollo (M 01)|
|HMS Ariadne (M 65)|
See all Cruiser minelayer classes.
Abdiel class ships hit by U-boats (2)
|1 Dec 1942||HMS Manxman||Damaged||U-375|
|1 Feb 1943||HMS Welshman||Sunk||U-617|
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