Kent Class Cruiser (1926)

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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.


8-in Guns

  • 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".[1] In 1926, this was altered and the starboard tubes would be designated "W", "X", "Y", "Z".[2]

Fire Control

Fire Control Table

Fire Control Instruments

Torpedo Control

See Also

  • Wikipedia
  • Chesneau, Roger (editor) (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and


  1. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1925. p. 60.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1926. p. 41.

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser
Royal Navy
Berwick Cornwall Cumberland Kent Suffolk
Royal Australian Navy
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