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Coordinates: 56°42′N 5°52′E / 56.7°N 5.867°E / 56.7; 5.867

HMS Ardent (1913)
HMS Ardent
HMS Ardent
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ardent
Builder: William Denny & Brothers Limited, Dumbarton
Launched: 8 September 1913
Fate: Sunk by Westfalen at Battle of Jutland on 1 June 1916
General characteristics
Class & type: Acasta-class destroyer
Displacement: 935 tons
Length: 267 ft 6 in (81.53 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Installed power: 24,500 ihp (18,300 kW)
  • Yarrow-type water-tube boilers
  • Parsons steam turbines
Speed: 29 kn (54 km/h)
Complement: 75

HMS Ardent was an Acasta-class destroyer and the seventh Royal Navy ship to bear the name. She was launched in 1913 and was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Pennant Numbers

Pennant Number[1] From To
H78 6 December 1914   1 June 1916


She was laid down under the 1911–1912 construction programme by William Denny & Brothers Limited and launched on 8 September 1913.[1] She was temporarily renamed HMS Kenric in October 1913, but this was reverted shortly afterwards.[1]


She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of the First World War.


She was sunk on 1 June 1916 during the Battle of Jutland by secondary fire from the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen.[2] The wrecksite is designated as a protected place[3] under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.


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