Kempenfelt Class (1932) DD
single ship class was the destroyer leader for the 1929 destroyer
construction programme, the C Class Destroyer
Flotilla. As destroyer leader she had an increased complement and working
space needed to control a flotilla.
HMS Kempenfelt had the same design and armament as C Class destroyers but was of slightly greater displacement.
The RN destroyer flotilla organisation at the time called for a group of destroyers to be designed, ordered and built as a single group of eight ships. That group on completion formed a single destroyer flotilla. Which had one destroyer leader, whose Captain (D) would command the flotilla.
As a disarmament gesture the government only allowed four C Class destroyers to be built so they did not fit into the normal destroyer flotilla pattern.
So in 1937 the four C class ships were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, followed in 1939 by Kempenfelt the class leader.
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