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The second World War brought calls for newer warships, especially Destroyers and Frigates.A new class of Destroyer commenced building early 1943. These would be known as the "Battle Class" Destroyers.Originally a total of 24 were ordered but with the cessation of hostilities 16 of those ordered were cancelled.Seven were broken up on the slips, 5 launched and immediately scrapped and 4 retained as incomplete hulks.The remaining ships, completed between November,1946 and May 1948 became the FOURTH DESTROYER FLOTILLA.The manning crisis of October 1947 left the Home Fleet with just four Destroyers in service (Agincourt, Aisne, Dunkirk and Jutland) but by the end of 1948 the 4th.Destroyer Flotilla was in full commission.In 1950 Duinkirk, Barrosa and Alamein paid off into Reserve and the Aisne and Jutland laid-up for 12 months.1951 saw the 4th.Destroyer Flotilla again in commission with Agincourt, Aisne, Corunna and Jutland. In 1952 Jutland was replaced by Barrosa.With the advent of General Service Comissions (GSC) in 1954, ships of the 4th.Destroyer Squadron saw service with the Mediterranean Fleet in addition to the Home Fleet.The 4th Destroyer Squadron was disbanded in April 1959. Seven of the "1943 Battles" saw service with other Destroyer Squadrons until 1963 when the Alamein, Dunkirk and Jutland were marked for disposal.Agincourt, Aisne, Barrosa and Corunna were converted to Radar Picket Ships and saw further service until 1967 when they paid-off for disposal.Matapan, having been in reserve 1947/1970, became a trials ship until 1978 before paying-off for disposal.The "Battles" class ships were regarded the most handsome ever to serve in the Royal Navy, combining speed, versatility, the offensive power of the torpedo-armed destroyer and a powerful gun armament. They had style, none more so than the "1943 Battles"
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