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  • The Bangor-class minesweepers were a class of warships operated by the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Imperial Japanese Navy, and Royal Indian Navy during the Second World War. The class derives its name from the lead ship, HMS Bangor, which was launched on 19 February 1940 and commissioned on 7 November of that year. Royal Navy ships were named after coastal towns of the United Kingdom. Their lack of size gave them poor sea handling abilities, reportedly worse even than the Flower class corvettes. The diesel-engined versions were considered to have poorer handling characteristics than the slow-speed reciprocating-engined variants. Their shallow draft made them unstable and their short hulls tended to bury the bow when operating in a head sea. The Bangor-class vessels were also considered overcrowded, cramming six officers and over 90 ratings into a vessel originally intended for a total of 40. Despite claims to the contrary, the Australian Bathurst-class corvette was a wholly Australian design, and not based on the Bangor class.

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