HMS Comet was one of 20 s built for the Royal Navy in the 1910s. Completed in 1911 she saw active service in the First World War.
Design and description
The Acorn class marked a return to oil-firing as pioneered in the Tribal or F class of 1905 and of 1907. The Admiralty provided general specifications, but each shipyard did their own detailed design so that ships often varied in size. The Acorns had an overall length of , a beam of , and a deep draught of . The ships displaced at deep load and their crew numbered 72 officers and ratings.
The destroyers were powered by a single Parsons steam turbine that drove three propeller shafts using steam provided by four Yarrow boilers. The engines developed a total of and were designed for a speed of . Comet reached a speed of from during her sea trials. The Acorns had a range of at a cruising speed of .
The primary armament of the ships consisted of a pair of BL MK VIII guns in single, unprotected pivot mount