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Exeter, British Heavy Cruiser


Photograph of HMS Exeter

Naval Historical Center #NH 60813. Cropped by author.


Specifications:


Tonnage 8400 tons standard
Dimensions 575' by 58' by 17'
175.3m by 17.7m by 5.2m
Maximum speed       32 knots
Complement 628
Aircraft 1 seaplane catapult
2 seaplanes
Armament 3x2 8"/50 guns
8 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
2x8 40mm/40
2x4 machine guns
2x3 21" torpedo tubes
Protection 3" (76mm) belt (machinery)
3.5" (89mm) bulkheads (machinery)
1.4" (36mm) deck (machinery and steering)
5"/3"/3" (127mm/76mm76/mm) magazine crowns/sides/ends
1" (25mm) turret
1" (25mm) barbettes
3" (76mm) conning tower
Machinery
4-shaft Parsons geared turbine (80,000 shp)
8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 1900 tons fuel oil
Range 10,000 nautical miles (19,000km) at 14 knots
Sensors
Type 279 radar


Exeter was completed in 1931. She was originally to have been a sister to York, but delays in construction led to some differences in design, including better protection to the magazines. Both ships were an attempt at an inexpensive commerce protector, but the economies in their design left them poorly protected and they were mediocre sea boats.

Exeter was operating out of Singapore when war broke out. She was sunk on 1 March 1942 south of Borneo.

References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-21)

Morison (1948)

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)



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