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Name: VIGILANT
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 31/01/1942
Launched: 22/12/1942
Completed: 10/09/1943
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1679
Dimensions: 1802disp - 2530disp, 339.5 x 35.7 x 14.2(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, SR geared, Parsons type, 40000shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 36.75knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 4 x 1 x 4.7ins QF, 4 x 1 x 2pdr guns; 2 x 4 x 21.0ins torpedoes;
4 x depth charge throwers, 2 x depth charge rails
(1954: 1 x 2 x 4.0ins, 1 x 2 x 40mm guns; 2 x Limbo AS mortars)
History:
10/09/1943 British Royal Navy
04/06/1965 Broken up
Comments: Member of the V Class of destroyers
Fitted out for Arctic service with extra stiffening, heating etc
1955: Converted to a Type 15 frigate at Chatham dockyard
04/06/1965: Broken up at Faslane


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