HMS Mohawk (F31)

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HMS Mohawk
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Mohawk
Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company, Woolston
Laid down: 16 July 1936
Launched: 15 October 1937
Commissioned: 7 September 1938
Identification: pennant number L31/F31/G31
Fate: lost 16 April 1941, torpedoed by Italian destroyer Tarigo
General characteristics
Class and type: Tribal-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,850 tons (standard),
2,520 tons (full)
Length: 377 ft (115 m) o/a
Beam: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Three x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, steam turbines on two shafts
44,000 shp (33,000 kW)
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 524 tons fuel oil
5,700 nautical miles (10,600 km; 6,600 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 219
Armament: As designed;

War modifications;

  • 6 x 4.7 in L/45 QF Mk.XII, 3 x twin mounting CP Mk.XIX
  • 1 x twin 4 in L/45 QF Mk.XVI, mounting HA Mk.XIX
  • 4 x QF 2 pdr, quad mount Mk.VII
  • ≤4 x single and twin 20 mm Oerlikon
  • 4 x tubes for 21 in torpedoes Mk.IX
  • 1 x rack, 2 x throwers for DCs

HMS Mohawk was a Tribal-class destroyer laid down by John I. Thornycroft and Company at Woolston, Hampshire on 16 July 1936, launched on 5 October 1937 and commissioned on 7 September 1938. Mohawk served on convoy duties in the North Sea, and with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean where she participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. Mohawk was struck by two torpedoes fired by the Italian Navigatori-class destroyer Tarigo as she attacked an Italian convoy and sank off the Kerkennah Islands in eastern Tunisia on 16 April 1941 with the loss of 43 of her crew.[1]



  • Brice, Martin H. (1971). The Tribals. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0245-2. 
  • English, John (2001). Afridi to Nizam: British Fleet Destroyers 1937–43. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-95-0. 

Coordinates: 34°56′0″N 11°42′0″E / 34.93333°N 11.70000°E / 34.93333; 11.70000