On 9 August 1942, she opened fire the Battle of Savo Island, and was badly damaged, evacuated and sunk in the infamous “Ironbottom Sound” by American destroyers. The ship just visible astern of renown is the US battleship USS Texas. The need for versatile cruisers tailor-made for colonial stations, trade protection and escort, and hunting enemy vessels. The armour scheme was revised from that of the Towns in that the main belt now protected the 6 inch ammunition spaces, although the belt itself was reduced to 3.5 inches and 3.25 inches in the machinery spaces. They were officially classified “A” (“treaty cruisers”) remaining the only ones, the following lightened B (due to the 1929 crisis) or York class having one less turret. Sadly, while Renown is now history and has long since been scrapped, USS Texas is beautifully restored and preserved as a memorial in San Jacinto, … Like other WW2 cruisers, one day the post will receive a brand new set of HD illustrations. Then she was transferred to the RAN as a gift, announced by the King on 10 September 1943. Twitter. May I draw your attention to the Colour drawing of HMS Devonshire 1926. which is incorrect. 8 × BL 8-inch (203 mm L/50), 4–8 4-inch (102 mm L/45), 4 x pdr (40 mm L/39), 8 × QF 0.5-inch (12.7 mm L/50) 8 × 21-in (533 mm) TTs. Best, David, Your email address will not be published. “The Famous single, quad and octuple “Pom Pom” Bofors QF 2-pdr, one of the most effective AA systems in the British Navy.” – The image isn’t a 2 pdr pompom, but of a quad 50 cal. In 1938, she joined the 2nd cruiser squadron (South American station) and in at the start of the Second World War she returned to South America and joined Force G, 2nd Cruiser Squadron. The Dorsetshire was hit by bombs and several near misses and sank stern first at 13:50, rapidly and survivors (1000+ for both ships) were rescued by cruiser Enterprise, destroyers Paladin and Panther the next day. The county class, named after traditional regional aeras of Great Britain (“counties”), was the largest and most used “standard” heavy cruiser class of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Some were reconstructed to carry three. HMS Suffolk was hit by a 1100 Ib bomb, and had to be beached at Scapa flow aftr steaming for 22 hours at 15 knots, the engines partially flooded and was in repairs for 10 month. Summarily repaired she had to sail to UK and still there at the end of the war. Probably the most compelling reconstruction was performed on the HMS London, which emerged with a brand new massive superstructure, which caused however great stresses on the hull which had to be strengthened later. Between 1938 and 1941, the London was the only one of the class to be completely rebuilt and modernized. HMS Australia through the Panama Canal in March 1935. She shadowed the Bismarck after the battle with Hood and PoW, but was forced to join Iceland, low on oil. HMS Devonshire belonged to the London class and not to the Kent Class as stated. Regards Dennis Vella, Hello Dennis, it’s a fairly old illustration and it’s well possibly a legend mismatch between the Devonshire and Dorsetshire. Later on together with the Cornwall and aircraft carrier Eagle sailed to Simonstown in South Africa. Please improve this article by adding a reference. Due to the size of the Crown Colony class, a number of the ships had their 'X' turret removed to allow the shipping of additional light anti-aircraft guns. 1/128th Quaycraft Boat set for Colony Class . She also intercepted a German convoy and sank two freighters and five escorts. In mid-1944 she covered several carrier’s attacks on Norwegian German bases and merchant traffic and against the Tirpitz (Operation Mascot, and then Operation Counterblast). The long turret version of the triple 6 inch gun fitted to the Colony class were 25 tons heavier than the 150 ton turret on the Group 1 & 2 Towns and further cramped the design. During the late 1940s, Australia served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, and participated in several port visits to other nations, before being retasked as a training ship in 1950. The Crown Colony design progress started in 1936, right after the Southampton class construction started. The Japanese seaplanes soon dropped flares to light Canberra and Chicago. The Kumano, the last Mogami cruiser completed in 1937, was subsequently fitted with a large bulge, and the upper deck was built narrower and lower than the first two Mogami cruisers. Repairs lasted until June 1941. They had a main armament at the origin of five 6-inch (152 mm) guns and two-3-inch (76 mm AA) as secondary arm… Single 2-pdr Pompom were replaced by quadruple ones and for some ships, octuple ones in 1942; Cornwall and Kent. A sketch showed a ship with a waterline beam of 84ft, bulged underwater to 88ft, so that the battleship-style underwater (side) protective system could be 10ft deep. May 21, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Zibi. She was later damaged there by a French coastal battery. She served with 1st Cruiser Squadron of the British Mediterranean Fleet, took part in the British response in the Abyssinia Crisis and Spanish Civil War, supporting the evacuation of refugees from Barcelona. So run the Fiji in your port & call it your Canuck Cruiser & … King Georges V onboard HMS London, meeting the crew. From june 1942 catapults were generally removed as radar was widespread. She joined the Mediterranean squadron in 1936, underwent reconstruction between 1937 and 1938, Then she joined the America and West Indies Station, 8th Cruiser Squadron based in Bermuda, until the war broke out. She operated with US units covering amphibious landings until the start of 1945. She was later reassigned to troop convoy escort duties in the Indian Ocean in early 1940, and transferred to the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County-class_cruiser http://www.steelnavy.com/ISWNorfolk.htm (model kit analysis) http://www.fr.naval-encyclopedia.com/2e-guerre-mondiale/royal-navy-2egm.php https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County-class_cruiser Conway’s all the world’s fighting ships 1922-1947, HMS Suffolk as rebuilt to operate seaplanes, as for 1941, Dear Sirs My name is Jonathan Joseph Strong of Berwyn Pennsylvania and i’m writing a whole series of science-fiction novels using every type of warships from sailing warships to the 21st Century computerized warships Did you ever seen the Final-Countdown when the USS Nimitz went through some-kind of storm for there is no reason for it And can you guess where they had ended up? In the final moments of the battle, she was ordered to move closer and torpedo Bismarck and fired three torpedoes, two of which on the feared German battleship. Crown Colony-class cruiser: Operators: Royal Navy Royal Canadian Navy Indian Navy Peruvian Navy: Preceded by: Dido class: Succeeded by: Minotaur class: Subclasses: Fiji Ceylon: Completed: Eleven: Lost: Two: General characteristics ; Class & type: light cruiser: Displacement: 10,725 tons full load (Ceylon class: 10,840 tons full load) Length: 555 ft 6 in (169.32 m) overall: Beam: 62 ft … They were scrapped in 1948-1955. Ceylon was later sold to Peru, being renamed Coronel Bolognesi, along with Newfoundland, which was renamed Almirante Grau. She later evacuated personal and blockaded the coast of Gabon while her seaplane spotted the French submarine Poncelet, which was sunk. HMS Shropshire meanwhile underwent another refit at Chatham until 20 June 1943 and she was recommissioned in the RAN from 17 April with the new crews arrived well before the end of her refi to train. Also HMS Devonshire did not have a stern catwalk . Heavy Cruiser Warship. Bermuda, Jamaica and Mauritius had 2 additional quadruple pom-poms added (for a total of five) and between 2 and 4 single pom-poms in powered mountings Mark XV. your own Pins on Pinterest HMS Uganda (66) was a Crown Colony-class light cruiser launched in 1941. Sister HMS Belfast (also party to Scharnhorst's destruction) is preserved in London. from Gunnery Pocket Book 1945, https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Crown_Colony-class_cruiser?oldid=4423107, Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls, 10,100 nm (18,700 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h), 9 x BL 6 in (152 mm) Mark XXIII guns in 3 triple mountings Mark XXI, 8 x QF 4 in (102 mm) Mark XVI guns in 4 twin mountings Mark XIX, 12 x QF 2 pdr (40 mm) Mark VIII in 3 quad mountings Mark VII, 2 x triple 21 in (533 mm) tubes for torpedoes Mark IX. During the night, Mikawa’s observation seaplanes were heard, and past 01:45, Patterson spotted Mikawa’s fleet and alerted the fleet. She was badly hit, survived several impacts but was declined later any repairs in Australian shipyards because of other priorities. She was back in Scapa flow and was refitted at the Tyne shipyard, and when out in January 1943 she joined 1st Cruiser Squadron and 4th Cruiser Squadron of the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean, intercepting and sank the German tanker Hohenfriedburg while en route but attacked by German submarine U-264, avoiding her four torpedoes. After the war she was refitted at Malta and served in the East Indies until being retired. Newfoundland received a greater degree of electrical updating, rewiring and more more comprehensive a/a fire control and was the only Colony updated close to the standard planned for the Improved Dido's which were intended for hot war with eventual reboilering, while the Colony class were only refitted for GFS and Colonial patrol and presence. The London class also included the Devonshire, Sussex and Shropshire was amputated its side ballasts to save weight at the expense of the ASW protection, compensated by the installation of a second internal belt partition… Their hull was slightly elongated, the saving a quarter of a knot. your own Pins on Pinterest While repaired in UK she received a High-Angle Control System and a catapult, plus four more single four-inch AA guns and tow quadruple Vickers .50-calibre (12.7 mm) Mark III machine guns (1937). and while the cruiser was able to dodge at first a volley of Japanese torpedoes, gunfire concentrated on her. British WW2 Light cruiser. Directly related were the Ceylon class Cruisers, one of which became the HMCS Uganda - the only light Cruiser in the Canadian Navy during WW2. One torpedo strike was reported, and eventually at 03:30, she received orders by Rear Admiral Turner to be abandoned and sunk. The cruiser was decommissioned in 1954, and sold for scrapping in 1955. They respected the limits of the Washington treaty, being just under 10,000 tons, with in standard 8 pieces of 8 inches (203 mm) disposed in four double turrets. Losses during the war included Cornwall and Dorsetshire (sunk by the Japanese air force off Ceylon on April 5, 1942 at the same time). By their numbers and features there are featured prominently in the annals of warfare, and served with distinction in many key events of the second world war. The Crown Colonys were instantly recognisable as they had a transom stern and straight funnels and masts; those of the Towns being raked. She served in the British Royal Navy during 1943 and 1944, including operations in the Mediterranean, and was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Uganda in Oct 1944. Town class cruiser 6 in light cruiser HMS Sheffield - involved in two of the classic naval episodes of WW2, the sinking of the German battleships Bismarck (1941) and Scharnhorst (1943), and for a lengthy period part of the famous Force H at Gibraltar. Paid off in early 1945, in reserve and used as a target she was eventually was sold to breakers in 1948. Together with four destroyers she shelled later the airfield at Sola but was damaged by German bombers. HMS Cumberland was hit by a 9.4 in shell at Dakar, and her main machinery was put out of action. After a refit in Simonstown, then in UK, she was sent to search for French battleship Richelieu, which left Dakar for Casablanca. After being equipped with a catapult, the ships carried one Supermarine Walrus. FS Georges Leygues. your own Pins on Pinterest She was repaired for battle damage in Belfast, and was attacked by an air raid by Kampfgeschwader 26 at Scapa Flow on 16 March 1940, repaired once more on the Clyde. The Allied commander of the combined naval forces, British Rear Admiral Victor Crutchley, which raised hi mark on the HMAS Australia split his forces and led his ships, accompanied with USS Chicago, and two destroyers on the southern waters. In 1932 catapults were installed for two aircraft. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Will Make all sister ships of class. The supply of ammunition to the 4-inch (102 mm) guns was also improved, dispensing with the complicated conveyor system. The Kent class general appareance in 1926. She arrived when Admiral Graf Spee was already into neutral Montevideo, trapped and later scuttled. The 6 inch Mk XXIII turrets and ammunition spaces were laid out as per the Edinburgh group of the Town class, except the after turrets were a deck lower as in the Southampton and Gloucester groups. In May 1941 she returned to Icelandic waters, and spotted the German battleship Bismarck, to trailing the German battleship and was present to sink her at the end. Their superstructure was lowered and lightened, but their new turrets and 203 mm hulls were heavier in the end. The Famous single, quad and octuple “Pom Pom” Bofors QF 2-pdr, one of the most effective AA systems in the British Navy. The Baltimore-class cruiser was a type of heavy cruiser in the United States Navy from the last years of World War II. She was scrapped in 1948. In the 1950's (except during the Korean war and Suez operation) no more than one of the MKXIII turrets was ever manned, with B and Y turrets mothballed due to the huge manning requirements of the turrets. She was launched by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester on 18th August 1939 Oct 12, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Mike Day. None of them were the last cruisers of the Royal Navy however. 9 April 1940: Norwegian Campaign, 10 May 1940: Invasion of Iceland. An error has occurred, which probably means the feed is down. La conception de la classe Leander est influencée par la classe York (croiseurs lourds), et est pensée pour mieux protéger le trafic maritime commercial.Ils sont armés de huit canons de 6 pouces disposés sur des tourelles doubles, deux à l'avant du navire, deux à l'arrière. Back in South American waters her planes spotted the German freighter Wakama off Brazil, scuttled by her crew before she arrived. A total of fifteen ships were produced, in three subclasses (Kent, London, Norfolk) carrying significant improvements, while maintaining their silhouette “three pipers” with a long continuous hull. The county class, named after traditional regional aeras of Great Britain (“counties”), was the largest and most used “standard” heavy cruiser class … Four cruiser class are still to go on our list. She shelled Zante in Italian Somaliland, searched for the Admiral Scheer and in late May 1941, she searched for the Bismarck, and remained south of Bismarck’s route and later took part in her last battle, opening fire at a range of 20,000 yards (18,000 m) and firing 254 shells from her main battery. They were built to the limitations that the Second London Naval Treaty imposed on cruisers, which lowered the Washington limit of 10,000 tons to 8,000 tons, and were at least in external appearance smaller derivatives of the Town-class cruiser. She then sailed for the Far East as part of 4th Cruiser Squadron Eastern Fleet. She took part in many other operations until late September, in particular around Benghazi. She also covered the Corregidor landings and was back in time from Australia in the Philippines for the Japanese surrender. Australia was hit by six kamikazes but survived; Camberra was sunk during the Savo Island battle, receiving more than twenty 8-in and lighter rounds before being completely disabled. Light Cruiser Warship. The British cruiser spent her early life under British flag but would later be passed on to the RAN, replacing HMAS Australia. Discover (and save!) Since the model is optimized for 1/1800th scale, it is not ideal to print larger versions due to a lack of detail. December 1940: She engaged KMS Admiral Hipper off the Canaries as convoy escort to the Middle East. These ships would been altered for water sprays to wash off nuclear fallout and received the 960 standard long range air search. FIJI or Colony-Class cruiser ordered in December 1937 from Alexander Stephens of Govan Glasgow under the 1937 Estimates and laid down as Job No 566 on 18th June 1938. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The other units of the class (Berwick, Cornwall, Kent) were not modified in the same way, but in the end the limits were exceeded, probably over 10,600 tons or more, which the admiralty did not bother to communicate. On 5 April, while withdrawing to refuel at Colombo the Dorsetshire and her sister ship Cornwall were spotted by Japanese reconnaissance aircraft from the Tone and later attacked by fifty-three Aichi D3A Val dive bombers southwest of Ceylon. In Kenya, all pom-poms were removed, and were replaced with 5 twin and 8 single 40 mm /60 Bofors A/A. When the Barham was torpedoed, the admiral raised the flag on her. A main characteristic of the heavily armored Mogami class cruisers was the use of weight saving techniques. The World War II Database is founded and managed by C. Peter Chen of Lava Development, LLC. While a destroyer rescuing survivors spotted an approaching ship, a friendly fire erupted with USS Chicago, which had mistaken Canberra for a damaged Japanese vessel. When the admiralty went back to 10,000 tons cruisers of the “Town” class from 1936, the fad then was to display more guns of smaller caliber (6 inches) instead. If you can’t reach the Google mail address my regular mailing address is 237 Leopard Rd Berwyn Pennsylvania 19312 I remain Jonathan J Strong, Hello Jonathan, if you have precise questions about some ships i’ll do my best to answer these. Back in action she escorted convoys in the North sea, bound to Petsamo and Norway, then the first convoy to Russia, Operation Dervish. She was sold on 16 July 1954 to a Dutch shipbreaker. Please improve this article by adding a reference. After the start of the Pacific War she escorted convoys across the Indian Ocean, then was part of fast Force A and on 5 April, she was off Addu Atoll and her planes spotted the Japanese cruiser Tone south-west of Ceylon. She was refit at Liverpool in March to May 1940 and joined 1st Cruiser Squadron in Scapa Flow. 1/128th Quaycraft Boat set for Colony Class Boats included: 16' Clinker Dinghy (2) 16' Fast motor dinghy (1) 23' Fast motor boat (1) 27' Clinker whale boat (2) 35'Fast motor boat (2) By mid-1941, she was involved in hunting German auxiliary cruisers and commerce raiders. Uniquely, the final Southampton class cruiser, HMS Birmingham, was built with a fully flared bow and is easily distinguished by the lack of the prominent knuckle found on her sister-ships. HMS Australia, reconstructed after a Kamikaze attack saw her X turret removed and 10 twin and 8 single 40mm pompom added. From September 1941 she escorted ships on the dangerous Arctic Convoys road and engaged the Scharnhorst on 26 December 1943, scoring three hits but receiving several 11-in hits but occupying her enough to be caught and sunk by the battleship Duke of York. 4. Laid down in 1941-42, the three cruisers of the Tiger class were originally to have been sister ships to Superb, an improved variant of the Swiftsure class cruisers (also known as the Minotaur class), a modified version of the Crown Colony class cruisers, but their construction was slowed down.Finally, the ships were launched in 1944-45 and they were left incomplete until their … Today we will be building the HMS Fiji Crown Colony-Class light cruiser. Hi – great site and with an image of CANBERRA’s forecastle which I had been searching for (well, any of the Kents would have done, but it’s a rare picture). She served on ocean convoy escort duties, then was part of Force “F” (with HMS York) hunting German raiders and intercepted the mercantile blockade runners Wolfsburg and Uruguay in March 1940. The HMS Cumberland joined the China Station, 5th Cruiser and later was refitted in UK from March 1935. Then Force “H” at Gibraltar (November 1940). The British heavy cruiser served prior to the war in the East Indies Station. During the 1950s the larger Towns were usually regarded as more habitable and comfortable in patrolling in the tropics and far east, though they were being retired by and then sold for scrap by 1960, except for Sheffield (being retired from sea-going service in 1958 and maintained as a reserve headquarters ship) and Belfast which stayed in active seaworthy service until 1963. Nigeria was also sold, to India being renamed INS Mysore. The Washington treaty had a tremendous impact on this new design, as the four heavy caliber twin turrets naturally dictated a larger displacement and increased dimensions. Designed to operate in remote stations or when the presence of a battleship was superfluous, they had great autonomy and their large hull solidly built and well protected that made them very roomy and almost comfortable ships, they also had “tropical” comfort equipment like air conditioning. She was decommissioned by 1984 and then scrapped in 1985, and as such she was the longest lived (41 years) member of her class. aka Crown Colony Class Based on the Southampton class, but with a reduction in armour and machinery and 35ft shorter to save weight to meet the maximum of 8,000 tons for 6-inch cruisers, imposed at the Second London Naval Treaty in 1936. Innovation was also in the use of 70° elevation mounts for the 8-in guns, with charges and shells automatically loaded and rammed in one swoop. All ships of the Crown Colony-class were decommissioned from active service with the Royal Navy 1962 and began being sold for scrap, though HMS Bermuda was fully operational during 1961 and sometimes ventured to sea in 1962 as flagship of the reserve fleet. [1] By the late 1940s most of the Colony class had the updated 274 lock and follow surface fire control radar, which massively increased the chance of hits from the opening salvoes. Discover (and save!) HMS Renown at Hvalfjord Iceland . In 1944 he will be attacked by Kamikaze and will be hit by six aircrafts. Just before the war in 1939 she was back at the Chatham Dockyard for a complete reconstruction with a brand new superstructure and new funnels, emerging like a massive Crown Colony-class light cruiser. Their crews appreciated them particularly. She was back in China in 1939. What followed was the battle of Easter Sunday Raid. Oct 11, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Daniel Houtput. 4-inch twin gun mounts, 20mm AA guns and radar were also added as well as a 3½-inch cemented armoured belt covering the engine rooms and emerging two years later in March 1941. However she was later torpedoed by Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 bombers from the 279th Independent Torpedo Squadron, badly hit, towed to port and under repair until late 1941. This modernization consisting in an increase of the weight, and to remain within the limits of the treaty, a good part of the back of the hull on the Cumberland and Suffolk of the Kent class (see illustration above) was retired and a large hangar was added for Walrus seaplanes. She later joined South Africa, Simonstown and escorted convoys along the African coast to the Middle East. Jamaica took part in a number of operations, including driving off the heavy cruisers Hipper and Lützow in 1942, the sinking of the Scharnhorst in 1943, and escorting carrier air attacks on the Tirpitz in 1944. In October 1941 she joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron escorting Arctic convoys until January 1944 (battle honour Arctic 1942-1943). The Caledon class was ordered in December 1915 and the 6 class ships were put into service in 1917. 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