CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassV and W-class Destroyer
BuilderWilliam Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland, United Kingdom
Laid Down30 Mar 1917
Launched14 Feb 1918
Commissioned12 Apr 1918
Decommissioned8 Jan 1946
Displacement1,100 tons standard
Length300 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft11 feet
MachineryThree Yarrow boilers, two Brown-Curtis steam turbines, two shafts
Bunkerage320-370t oil
Power Output27,000 shaft horsepower
Speed34 knots
Range3,500nm at 15kt
Armament4x102mm QF 4in Mk.V, 2x40mm QF 2-pdr 20 cwt Mk.I, 2x3x21in torpedo tubes


ww2dbaseDestroyer Westscott was of WW1 vintage. On 16 Jan 1941, she picked up 143 survivors from the British passenger ship Oropasa that was torpedoed and sank by the German submarine U-96. On 2 Feb 1942, southwest of the Azores, she sank the German submarine U-581, which was the first sinking of a hostile ship using the Hedgehog ship-borne mortar. On 8 Nov 1942, she aided the Allied invasion of North Africa, in which she attacked the French submarine Actéon off Oran, sinking her. In Jul 1943, she was modernized so that she could be a part of the Royal Navy's Long Range Escort group. After the war, she was sold for scrap on 8 Jan 1946.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2008

Westcott Operational Timeline

12 Apr 1918 Westcott was commissioned into service.
8 Jan 1946 Westcott was decommissioned from service.


Hedgehog anti-submarine mortars aboard HMS Westcott, 28 Nov 1945

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Hedgehog anti-submarine mortars aboard HMS Westcott, 28 Nov 1945

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