Ardent Class (1895) TBD

The Ardent Class was one of 14 Classes of Torpedo Boat Destroyers. Designed to a common contract speed of 27kts, with each class built by a different builder.

Built by Thorneycroft, part of the 1893/94 construction programme. They were a class of three ships and followed on from the success of their prototypes.

During trials all exceeded their contract speed, with Boxer exceeding 29kts, making her the fastest warship in the world at that time.

In comparison with the prototypes the bow torpedo tube was omitted.

On 30-Aug-1912, in common with all other 27kt and prototype classes they were redesignated the A Class.   


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This page last edited - 20 May, 2013.

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