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Class overview
Operators:  Royal Navy
Planned: 8
Cancelled: 8
General characteristics G class (RN)[1]
Type: G-class destroyer
Displacement: 1995 long ton
Length: 365 ft (111 m) o/a
Beam: 39.5 ft (12.0 m)
Draught: 12.5 ft (3.8 m)
Propulsion: geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp on 2 shafts
Speed: 33¾ kt
  • 4 x 4.5-inch DP
  • 6 x 40mm AA guns
  • 10 (2x5) tubes for 21 in (533 mm) torpedoes
  • 2 ATW (Squid)

The G class destroyers were a proposed class of eight destroyers of the Royal Navy ordered during the Second World War under the 1944 Programme. Two were ordered (from Yarrow) on 24 July 1944, and six more on 30 August 1944, but all were cancelled on 13 December 1945, after the end of the war.

The class was to be an improvement on the Weapon class destroyer. It has been referred to as the Gael class or Gallant class of destroyers.



Ship Pennant number Builder Laid down Launched Completed Fate
Gael G07 Yarrow 1944 Cancelled
Gallant G03 Yarrow 1944 Cancelled
Gauntlet G59 John I. Thornycroft & Company, Woolston 1944 Cancelled
Guernsey G19 Denny 1944 Cancelled
Glowworm G45 Thornycroft 1944 Cancelled. ex Gift.[Note 1]
Grafton G76 White 1944 Cancelled
Greyhound G88 White 1944 Cancelled
Gift G67 Denny 1944 Cancelled. ex Glowworm,
ex Guinevere.[Note 2]



  1. This vessel was originally called HMS Gift, but was renamed in October 1945 to HMS Glowworm(G45). Construction was cancelled on 12 December 1945 before completion.
  2. This vessel was originally called HMS Guinevere but was renamed in September 1945 to HMS Glowworm, and renamed again in October to HMS Gift(G67). Construction was cancelled on 1 December 1945 before completion.


  1. Conway p45


  • Warships of World War II, Pt 2, HT Lenton and JJ Colledge, Ian Allan 1962?
  • Conway : Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922-1946 (1980) ISBN 0-85177-146-7

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