V Class (1917) DD

The V class destroyers formed part of the ninth war programme.

About April 1916 reports were received that German destroyers armed with 4 x 4.1" guns and two pairs of torpedo tubes had been built. The R Class currently under construction were not able to be stretched to carry the additional armament. It was decided that a new destroyer design based on the 300ft destroyer leaders was needed.

The new design was designated the V Class and set the pattern for all British destroyers until the 1930's with superfiring guns fore and aft and high forecastles and bridges to enhance seakeeping properties. 


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This page last edited - 27 October, 2012.

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