HMS Inconstant (H49)
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Inconstant in 1941
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Laid down:||24 May 1939, as Muavenet|
|Launched:||24 February 1941|
|Commissioned:||24 January 1942|
|Identification:||Pennant number: H49|
|Fate:||Returned to Turkey 9 March 1946. Scrapped 1960.|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||I-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,370 long tons (1,390 t) (standard)
1,888 long tons (1,918 t) (deep load)
|Length:||323 ft (98.5 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10.1 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft 5 in (3.8 m)|
|Installed power:||34,000 shp (25,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||2 shafts, Parsons geared steam turbines
3 Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
|Range:||5,530 nmi (10,240 km; 6,360 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Operations:||Operation Ironclad (1942)|
|Victories:||Sank U-409 and U-767|
HMS Inconstant was an I-class destroyer laid down as TCG Muavenet for the Turkish Navy by Vickers Armstrong Naval Construction Works at Barrow-in-Furness on 24 May 1939, purchased in September 1939 by the Royal Navy, launched on 24 February 1941 and commissioned on 24 January 1942.
Inconstant participated in the assault on Madagascar in May 1942, and attacked and sank the German submarines U-409 in the Mediterranean north-east of Algiers on 12 July 1943 and U-767 while in company with the destroyers HMS Fame and HMS Havelock in the English Channel south-west of Guernsey on 18 June 1944. Inconstant was returned to Turkey on 9 March 1946 and renamed Muavenet. She was discarded in 1960.
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