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Sumatra Class, Dutch Light Cruisers


Photograph of Sumatra-class light cruiser

Australian War Museum. Via Wikipedia


Specifications:


Tonnage 6670 tons standard
Dimensions 473'4" by 48'9" by 18'6"
155.3m by 16m by 6.1m
Maximum speed       31 knots
Complement 525
Aircraft 2 seaplanes
Armament 10x1 5.9"/50 guns
8x1 40mm Bofors AA guns
8 0.50 machine guns
Protection 2" (50mm) belt aft
3" (75mm) belt machinery and magazines
2.4" (60mm) bulkheads
1" (25mm) armor deck with 2" (50mm) slopes to upper edge of belt
3.9"/1" (100mm/25mm) turret vertical/horizontal
2" (50mm) uptakes
4.9" (125mm) conning tower
Machinery
3-shaft Germania geared turbine (72,000 shp)
8 Schulz-Thornycroft boilers
Bunkerage 1200 tons fuel oil
Range 3600 nautical miles (6600 km) at 12 knots


The Sumatras were laid down in 1916 as a very modern design intended as flagships for the Netherlands East Indies squadron. However, they were not completed until 1925-26. They were thus badly obsolete from the day they joined the fleet. Sumatra herself was decommissioned at Surabaya when war broke out in the Pacific, but sailed to England for recommissioning and service in the Atlantic.


Units in the Pacific:

Java      

Task Force 2     

Torpedoed 1942-2-27 by Nachi in the Java Sea


References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-4-13)

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)


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