HMS Inconstant (H49)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Inconstant and TCG Muavenet.
HMS Inconstamt 1941 IWM FL 4000.jpg
Inconstant in 1941
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Inconstant
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs
Laid down: 24 May 1939, as Muavenet
Launched: 24 February 1941
Commissioned: 24 January 1942
Decommissioned: 1946
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)
Complement: 145
Sensors and
processing systems:
ASDIC
Armament:
  • 4 × 1 - 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns
  • 2 × 4 - 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • 2 × 4 - 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
  • 20 × depth charges, 1 rail and 2 throwers
Service record
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.

Service history[edit]

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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References[edit]

  • English, John (1993). Amazon to Ivanhoe:British Standard Destroyers of the 1930s. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-64-9. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1.