Destroyer FAQs:

Q: Is a destroyer a fast?

A: Yes, and maneuverable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers.

Q: Are destroyers the global standard for surface combatant ships?

A: Yes, and with only two nations operating the heavier class cruisers, with no battleships or true battlecruisers remaining.

Q: Were destroyers involved in the skirmishes that prompted the Battle of Heligoland Bight?

A: Yes, and filled a range of roles in the Battle of Gallipoli, acting as troop transports and as fire-support vessels, as well as their fleet-screening role.

Q: Were destroyers common on the Chinese coast and rivers?

A: Yes, and even supplying landing parties to protect colonial interests.

Q: Was a destroyer related to the invention of the self-propelled torpedo in the 1860s?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers extremely cramped places to live?

A: Yes, and being "without a doubt magnificent fighting vessels".

Q: Are destroyers to protect their own battle fleet from enemy torpedo attacks and to make such attacks on the battleships of the enemy?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers ill-equipped for combating these new targets?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers often deployed to areas of diplomatic tension or humanitarian disaster?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a destroyer the Japanese torpedo boat Kotaka?

A: Yes, and built in 1885.

Q: Were destroyers completed in the late 1940s and 1950s which built on wartime experience?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers among the highest?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers called on to escort merchant convoys?

A: Yes.

Q: Were destroyers among the first American units to be dispatched upon the American entry to the war?

A: Yes, and a squadron of Japanese destroyers even joined Allied patrols in the Mediterranean.

Q: Were destroyers almost as swift?

A: Yes, and most Italian designs of the 1930s being rated at over 38 knots , while carrying torpedoes and either four or six 120 mm guns.

Q: Was a destroyer the German U-19?

A: Yes, and rammed by HMS Badger on 29 October 1914.

Q: Are destroyers being built?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a destroyer always more uncomfortable than the others, and rain, snow, and sea-water combine to make them damp?

A: Yes, in fact, in bad weather there is not a dry spot where one can rest for a moment.

Q: Were destroyers light vessels with little endurance for unattended ocean operations?

A: Yes, typically a number of destroyers and a single destroyer tender operated together.