Kempenfelt Class (1915) DD

Following the order for two destroyer leaders of the previous year the Lightfoot Class (1915), two additional ships of the Kempenfelt Class were ordered as part of the 1914-15 construction programme as destroyer leaders.

Following the outbreak of WW1, another three were ordered in Nov-1914.

Before suitable destroyers were used as flotilla leaders, small fast cruisers were used in this role. Being larger, they had accommodations and communication facilities for the command staff and led their flotilla to the point of action when the accompanying destroyers attacked. As destroyers speed increased it became more difficult for cruisers to attain the necessary speed and so following a change of fleet procedures destroyer leaders took on the role.

All survived the war and four were sold for breaking up 1921.


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This page last edited - 13 December, 2012.

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