HMS Lightfoot


The first two flotilla leaders of the Lightfoot class, also known as the Marksman class, were ordered at the outbreak of the war. Two further units were ordered in 1915, and three additional ships were later added in the emergency war programme. All of them were significantly larger than ordinary destroyers to accommodate the commanding officer of the flotilla, his staff and the additional signalling gear. One of them, HMS Abdiel has been converted to a fast mine layer, and a further vessel (HMS Gabriel) will probably undergo a similar refit in the near future.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 423

Basic damage control capacity: 81%


Displacement: 1440 tons

Length: 99 m

Width: 10 m

Draught: 3 m

Standard crew: 104


Maximum speed (undamaged): 34 knots

Endurance: 5744 km

Coal capacity: 515 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 0

Hull armour: 0

Main belt armour: 0

Deck armour: 0

Best armour type: None


4 x 4in QF Mk IV, centrally controlled. Ammo: 480 rounds

2 x 2-pdr Mk II Pom-poms, locally controlled. Ammo: 1600 rounds

4 x 21in Mk II(M) Torpedoes, centrally controlled. Ammo: 4 torpedoes

Ships in classEdit

  • Lightfoot
  • Ithuriel
  • Gabriel
  • Nimrod
  • Marksman
  • Kempenfelt