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Bridgewater Class (1929) Sloop 

Following the success of Escort Sloops (Escort vessels) during WW1, this was the first class of Sloop constructed after WW1.

The term Sloop was officially dropped in 1937 when Escort Sloops were re-rated as Escort Vessels, but the term continued in unofficial use. An initial requirement to conduct minesweeping duty was reduced as the roles of minesweeping and convoy escort diverged. The required endurance was determined as the longest passage probable as a convoy escort which was the UK to Freetown, 3,500 miles plus a margin for operations. Say about 5000 miles at 10kts.

On completion both ships went to the China Station, and remained there until WW2. When they served as convoy escort mainly in the South Atlantic, with the occasional return to the UK for refit.

By early/mid 1945 both were worn out by arduous war service and were paid off before the war ended.

 

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This page last edited - 03 February, 2013.

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