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||SAP or timed HE semi-fixed shell.
Star shells were also available.
VT shells were available later in the war.
|Weight of round||55 lbs
|Velocity||2449 feet per second
746 meters per second
|Maximum elevation||80 degrees|
|Firing cycle||5 seconds|
This gun was used on a number of carriers and battleships and the "Battle"-class destroyers. It was similar to the American 5"/38, but not as capable, with a much longer firing cycle, slower training and traverse, and an inferior director. However, it was capable of firing VT shells, with radar proximity fuses.
The gun was typically mounted in a twin BD (between decks) mount and the first trial installations were made in 1936. The gun was also
adopted by the British Army as an antiaircraft
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