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Norfolk Class, British Heavy Cruisers


Photograph of Norfolk-class heavy cruiser

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Specifications:


Tonnage 9925 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 632'2" by 65'11" by 17'
192.68m by 20.09m by 5.18m
Maximum speed       32.2 knots
Complement 784
Aircraft 2 catapult
2 seaplane
Armament 4x2 8"/50 guns
4x2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
2x8, 4x1 40mm/40 AA guns
2x4 0.50 machine guns
2x4 21" torpedo tubes
Protection 1060 tons:
1" (25mm) belt
4"/3" (102mm/76mm) magazine sides/crowns
1" (25mm) turrets
Machinery
4-shaft Parsons geared turbine (80,000 shp)
8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 3210 tons fuel oil
Range 12,500 nm at 12 knots
Modifications
Early 1942: 9 20mm Oerlikon AA guns added


The Norfolks were built in 1930 and were essentially a repeat of the Londons. Their antiaircraft armament was increased shortly before war broke out. This did not save Dorsetshire, which was sunk by Japanese dive bombers whose pilots scored an amazing 80% hit rate.


Units in the Pacific:

Dorsetshire      

1942-3-26     

Sunk by aircraft 1942-4-5 off Ceylon


References

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)



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