HMS Abdiel


As the war showed no sign of ending and the Admiralty became aware of the Royal Navy's significant lack in mine laying vessels, the authorities improvised by converting existing ships for this purpose. One of these vessels is HMS Abdiel. Her basic design is that of a Lightfoot class flotilla leader, but she has been modified for service as a fast mine layer. In exchange for half of her artillery and all torpedoes, her aft deck has been rigged to carry no less than 80 mines. So far, she is one of the few vessels able to deploy mines, and thus of critical value to the war effort until more mine layers enter service. In the near future, her sister ship HMS Gabriel is intended to undergo a similar refit.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 133

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


2 x 4in QF Mk IV, centrally controlled. Ammo: 240 rounds

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

80 mines