HMS Nizam (1915)

HMS Nizam (1915) was a repeat M class destroyer that served with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet from July 1916 to August  1918 then with the 4th Flotilla at Devonport for the rest of the war.

The Nizam was ordered as part of the Third War Programme of late November 1914. She was laid down at Stephens on 2 February 1915, launched on 25 November 1915 and completed on 15 February 1916.


The Nizam served with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet from July 1916 until at least August 1918.


On 13 January 1917 the Nizam was damaged when she struck the bottom at Invergordon.


The Nizam was still recorded as being with the 14th Flotilla in August 1918.

On 3 October the Nizam and the Tug C2 collided at Portsmouth, suggesting that she had already been moved to the 4th Destroyer Flotilla at Devonport by this point.

In November 1918 she was officially part of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla at Devonport, but she was detached to the Grand Fleet.

The Nizam was damaged by a gale in the Pentland Firth on 7 and 9 November 1918, demonstrating that she was already back in northern waters.

The 14th Flotilla took part in the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet on 21 November 1918.

By December 1918 she was part of the 4th Flotilla at Devonport.

In December 1919 she was in the charge of a Care and Maintenance Party on the Nore.

She was sold to be broken up in November 1921.

Service Record
July 1916-August 1918: 14th Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet
November 1918: 4th Flotilla but detached to Grand Fleet
December 1918: 4th Flotilla, Devonport

Displacement (standard)

1,025t (Admiralty design)
985t (Thornycroft)
895t (Yarrow)

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

34 knots


3-shaft Brown-Curtis or Parsons turbines
3 Babcock & Wilcox boilers




273ft 4in (Admiralty)
274ft 3in (Thornycroft)
270ft 6in (Yarrow)


26ft 8ft (Admiralty)
27ft 3in (Thornycroft)
24ft 7.5in (Yarrow)


Three 4in/ 45cal QF Mk IV
Two 1-pounder pom pom
One 2-pounder pom pom
Four 21-in torpedo tubes

Crew complement


Laid down

2 February 1915


6 April 1916


15 February 1916

Sold for break up

May 1921

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 November 2023), HMS Nizam (1915) ,

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