Kent Class Cruiser (1926)
Seven Kent class cruisers were completed as the first post-war construction of the type, with two of the vessels going to the Royal Australian Navy.
|Overview of 7 vessels|
|Citations for this data available on individual ship pages|
|Berwick||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company||15 Sep, 1924||30 Mar, 1926||Broken up 1948|
|Cornwall||Devonport Royal Dockyard||9 Oct, 1924||11 Mar, 1926||Sunk 5 May, 1942|
|Cumberland||Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow||18 Oct, 1924||16 Mar, 1926||Broken up 1959|
|Kent||Chatham Royal Dockyard||15 Nov, 1924||16 Mar, 1926||Broken up 1948|
|Suffolk||Portsmouth Royal Dockyard||30 Sep, 1924||16 Feb, 1926||Broken up 1948|
|Australia||John Brown & Company||26 Aug, 1925||17 Mar, 1927||Broken up|
|Canberra||John Brown & Company||9 Sep, 1925||31 May, 1927||Sunk|
- four twin 8-in BL Mark VIII L/50 guns, in superfiring pairs fore and aft
The guns could elevate fully 70 degrees in accordance with an onerous design criterion that they be capable of anti-aircraft fire. This perverse "mandate" was imposed without consideration for the slow speeds of traverse and elevation and the total lack of a suitable fire control system for high angle fire at the time.
4-in High Angle Guns
- four 4-in QF Mark V L/45 guns in single HA Mk.III mountings
- two quadruple AW torpedo mounts on the broadsides
The tubes were curiously designated. In 1925, it was proposed that they should be, (aft to fore) on port side as "F", "I", "R", "E" and on the starboard as "N", "O", "P", "Q". In 1926, this was altered and the starboard tubes would be designated "W", "X", "Y", "Z".
Fire Control Table
Fire Control Instruments
- Chesneau, Roger (editor) (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1925. p. 60.
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1926. p. 41.
|Kent Class Heavy Cruiser|
|Royal Australian Navy|
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