List of Destroyer in World War I and Before

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While capital ship engagements were scarce in World War I, destroyer units were almost continually engaged in raiding and patrol actions. The first shot of the war at sea was fired on 5 August 1914 by a destroyer of the 2nd Flotilla, Lance, in an engagement with the German auxiliary minelayer Königin Luise. The first British naval casualty was Amphion, the light cruiser leading the 3rd Flotilla, which ran into a mine laid by Königin Luise.

Destroyers were involved in the skirmishes that prompted the Battle of Heligoland Bight, and filled a range of roles in the Battle of Gallipoli, acting as troop’s transports and fire support vessels, as well as their fleet-screening role. Over 80 British destroyers and 60 German torpedo-boats took part in the Battle of Jutland, which involved pitched small-boat actions between the main fleets, and several foolhardy attacks by unsupported destroyers on capital ships. Jutland also concluded with a messy night action between the German High Seas Fleet and part of the British destroyer screen.

List of Destroyer in World War I and Before:

Destroyer Battleship
PictureSpecificationsCountryYear
Scott Class - Admiralty type

UK1918
Arabe class

France1917
Wickes class destroyer

US1917
Caldwell class destroyer

US1917
Sampson class destroyer

US1916
Tucker class destroyer

US1916
Enseigne Roux class

France1915
O'Brien class destroyer

US1915
Adventurier class

France1914
Cassin class destroyer

US1913
Bisson class

France1912
Bouclier class

France1911
Roofdier class destroyer

Netherlands1911
Paulding class destroyer

US1910
Chasseur class

France1909
Smith class destroyer

US1909
Spahi

France1908
Voltigeur class

France1908
Draug class destroyer

Norway1908
Branlebas class

France1907
G132 class torpedo boat

Germany1906
Claymore class

France1905
Arquebuse class

France1902
Bainbridge class destroyer

US1902
Rochefortais class

France1900
Durandal class

France1899
Framee Class

France1899
Truxtun class destroyer

US1898
Spanish warship Destructor

Spain1886

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