The Pompey Class was conceived as a light twin engine Destroyer variant of the successful Hermes Class Scout. The change to a twin engine layout improved the available power and manoeuvrability, however compromises in the Tactical system made the initial variant not wholly satisfactory, and an improved Mk 2 was soon introduced.
The Pompey never gained wide acceptance in service, and the later Saladin variant of the Hermes class displaced it from front line service. The Pompey continued to be used in longer duration missions in remote regions as the twin engine design was felt to be more robust than the single engined Saladin.
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