HMS Norfolk Dad served from 02-10-45 to 07-05-46
  HMS Norfolk May 1943
Battle Honours: Atlantic 1941, Arctic 1941-43, North Africa 1942,
North Cape 1943, Norway 1945.
 
 

County Class Heavy Cruisers


Kent Class

Displacement: 9,750 tons standard; 13,450 tons full load
Dimensions: 590 pp, 630 oa x 68.25 x 16.25 feet
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines (Brown Curtisin Berwick), 8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 80,000shp. = 31.5 knots
Range: 3,100 miles at 31.5 knots, 13,300 miles at 12 knots; 3,400 tons fuel oil
Complement: 700
Armament: 4 dual 8-inch / 50 Mk 8; 4 single 4-inch / 45QF Mk 5 HA (later replaced by 4 dual 4-inch / 45 QF Mk 16 HA); 2 quad 2 pdr; 2 quad 0.5-inch MG (added 1936-1939); 2 quad 21-inch TT (later removed from all but Kent); 1 seaplane from 1930 (later 3)
Armour: 1 to 4 inch magazine box protection; 1.375 inch deck ; 1 inch side-plating, turrets and bulkheads (4.5 inch narrow belt and 4 inch internal boiler room sides added 1936-1940)
 

HMS Berwick

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Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 15th September 1924.
Launched 30th March 1926. Completed 15th February 1928.
Paid off 1946. Broken up by Hughes Bolckow, Blyth, 1948
 

HMS Suffolk

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Built by Portsmouth Dockyard. Laid Down 30th September 1924.
Launched 16th February 1926. Completed 31st May 1928.
Paid off 1946. Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1948.
 

HMS Cornwall

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Built by Devonport Dockyard. Laid Down 9th October 1924.
Launched 11th March 1926. Completed 8th May 1928.
Sunk 5th April 1942, with Dorsetshire, by bombs from Japanese carrier aircraft, west of Ceylon (198 lost).
 

HMS Cumberland (C57)

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Built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow. Laid Down 18th October 1924.
Launched 16th March 1926. Completed 23rd February 1928.
Paid off 1946. In reserve 1946-1951. Refitted as trials cruiser 1949-1951, used 1951-1959. Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1959.
 

HMS Kent

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Built by Chatham Dockyard. Laid Down 15th November 1924.
Launched 16th March 1926. Completed 25th June 1928.
Paid off 1946. In reserve 1946-1947.
Broken up by West of Scotland Shipbreaking, Troon, 1948.
 
Two other ships of this class, Australia (completed 24th April 1928, broken up 1955) and Canberra (completed 10th July 1928, sunk 9th August 1942) were built for the Royal Australian Navy.
 

London Class

Modified Kents with internal bulges and slight layout changes. Devonshire and Sussex had their X-turret removed towards the end of WWII to allow increases in their AA battery.
Displacement: 9,750 tons standard; 13,220 tons full load
Dimensions: 595 pp, 633 oa x 66 x 17 feet
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 8 Admiralty3-drum boilers, 80,000 shp. = 32.25 knots
Range: 2,930 miles at 31 knots, 12,500 miles at 12 knots; 3,210 tons fuel oil
Complement: 700
Armament: 4 dual 8-inch / 50 Mk 8; 4 single 4-inch / 45QF Mk 5 HA (4 further 4-inch added, 4 dual Mk 16 in London); 2 quad and 4 single 2 pdr; 2 quad 0.5-inch AA (added 1936-1939); 2 quad 21-inch TT.; 1 seaplane (later 3)
Armour: 1 to 4 inch magazine box protection; 1.375 inch deck; 1 inch side-plating, turrets and bulkheads (4.5 inch narrow belt and 3.5 inch internal boiler room sides added 1938-1941)
 

HMS London (C69)

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Built by Portsmouth Dockyard. Laid Down 23rd February 1926.
Launched 14th September 1927. Completed 31st January 1929.
Badly damaged by Chinese gunfire during rescue of Amethyst in the Yangste river, 21-04-49 (70 lost). Paid off 1949. Broken up by Ward, Barrow, 1950.
Link to Michael Overton's pages.
 

HMS Devonshire (C39)

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Built by Devonport Dockyard. Laid Down 16th March 1926.
Launched 22nd October 1927. Completed 18th March 1929.
Training ship 1947-1953. Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1954.
 

HMS Sussex

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Built by Beardmore, Dalmuir. Laid Down 24th February 1927.
Launched 5th July 1928. Completed 12th September 1929.
Paid off 2nd February 1949. Broken up by Arnott Young, Dalmuir, 1955.
 

HMS Shropshire

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Built by Beardmore, Dalmuir. Laid Down 24th February 1927.
Launched 5th July 1928. Completed 12th September 1929.
Transferred to Australia 1943 to replace Canberra. Paid off 1948.
Laid up in Australia 1948-1955.
Broken up by Arnott Young, Dalmuir and Troon, 1955.
 

Dorsetshire Class

Londons with new lighter Mk II turrets.
Displacement: 9,900 tons standard ; 13,290 tons full load
Dimensions: 595 pp, 633 oa x 66 x 17 feet
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 80,000 shp. = 32.3 knots
Range: 2,930 miles at 31 knots, 12,500 miles at 12 knots ; 3210 tons fuel oil
Complement: 700
Armament: 4 dual 8-inch / 50 Mk 8; 4 single 4-inch / 45 QF Mk 5 HA (later replaced by 4 dual 4-inch / 45 QF Mk 16 HA); 4 single 2 pdr (replaced by 2 octuple 2 pdr); 2 quad 0.5-inch AA (added 1936-1939); 2 quad 21-inch TT.; 1 seaplane
Armour: 1 to 4 inch magazine box protection ; 1.375 inch deck; 1 inch side-plating, turrets and bulkheads
 

HMS Norfolk (C78)

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Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 8th July 1927.
Launched 12th December 1928. Completed 30th April 1930. Paid off 1949.
Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1950.
 

HMS Dorsetshire

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Built by Portsmouth Dockyard. Laid Down 21st September 1927.
Launched 29th January 1929. Completed 30th September 1930.
Sunk 5th April 1942, with Cornwall, by bombs from Japanese carrier aircraft, west of Ceylon (227 lost).
 
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