Sunday, 21 May 2017

British light cruiser HMS Diomede 1918-1946



Building ordered under the War Emergency Program in March 1918, laid down by Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness, England on 3 June 1918, launched on 29 April 1919, completed by Portsmouth Dockyard on 24 February 1922, handed over to the New Zealand Division of the British Royal Navy between 1925-1935, added to the reserve or used as troop ship since 1936, recommissioned in 1939 and finally sold to Arnott Young, Dalmuir, Scotland to be broken up on 5 April 1946 and arrived for that purpose thereon 5 May 1946. .

Part of the Danae-class light cruisers consisting of the completed Danae, Dragon, Dauntless, Delhi, Dunedin, Durban, Despatch and Diomede and the cancelled Daedalus, Daring, Desperate and Dryad, preceded by the C-class and succeeded by the Emerald-class. An improved C-class design including lengthening of the hull to make it possible to add an extra 15,2cm/6”gun situated between the bridge and the forefunnel.

General technical class specifications
Displacement 4.850 (standard)-5.925 (full load) tons and as dimensions 135,6 (between perpendiculars)-144,0 (over all) x 14,2 x 4,4 metres. The machinery consisted of 6 Yarrow water tube boilers and Parsons geared steam turbines to supply 40.000 shp and with the 2 shafts allowing a speed of 27 (full load)-29 knots. Crew numbered 450) men. Armament consisted of 6x10-15,2cm/6” L/45 Mark XII guns, 2-7,62cm/3” L/45 20cwt Mk I quick firing guns, 2-2pd L/36 Ml II quick firing guns and 4x3-53,3cm/21” torpedo tubes. The armament consisted of a 3,8cm/1.5”-5,7cm/2.25” (forward)-7,6cm/3” (amidships)-5,1cm/2”-5,7cm/2.25” (aft) thick main belt, a 2,5cm/1” thick upper deck above the machinery, the steering gear was above protected by the 1” thick main deck and the guns by 1” thick gunshields.