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CRUISERS

SWIFTSURE light cruisers (1944 - 1945)

Swiftsure 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ontario (ex-Minotaur) (RCN) 53 - CCL32 1171 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 20/11/1941 29/7/1943 25/5/1945 to Canada 11/1944, stricken 10/1958
Swiftsure 08 - C08 43 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 22/9/1941 4/2/1943 22/6/1944 stricken 1960, sold for BU 10/1962

 

Displacement standard, t

8800

Displacement full, t

11130 (Swiftsure later 11240, Ontario 11480)

Length, m

164.0 pp 169.3 oa

Breadth, m

19.2

Draught, m

6.30 deep load (later 6.35 - 6.45)

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

72500

Max speed, kn

31.5

Fuel, t

oil 1850

Armour, mm

belt: 89 - 83, bulkheads: 51 - 38, turrets: 51 - 25, barbettes: up to 25, deck: 51 - 32

Armament

Ontario: 3 x 3 - 152/50 BL Mk XXIII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 4 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Swiftsure: 3 x 3 - 152/50 BL Mk XXIII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 4 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Sensors

Swiftsure: type 277, 281B, 282, 283, 284, 285, 293 radars

Ontario: type 275, 277, 281B, 282, 283, 284, 285, 293 radars

Complement

855, 960 war

Ship project history: Last British cruisers which have become operational in days of war. Enhanced design of Fiji with better stability at the expense of breadth increase, strengthened AA armament and larger fuel stowage.

Protection: Armoured belt extended from "A" to "Y" barbettes and to upper deck abreast boiler rooms and fore engine room and to main deck abreast aft engine room, CCC and magazines. Its thickness was 89mm abreast magazines and 83mm abreast machinery. Belt was closed by 51-38mm bulkheads. Armoured deck was 51mm thick (32mm with 38mm slopes over steering gear). Transom stern was 38mm thick.

Modernizations: 8/1945, Ontario: - 4 x 1 - 40/39; + 4 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

8/1945, Swiftsure: - 8 x 2 - 20/70, 6 x 1 - 20/70; + 13 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1/1946, Swiftsure: 3 x 3 - 152/50 Mk XXII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 13 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 4 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Naval service: Minotaur was transferred to Canada at period of construction and renamed.

Swiftsure 1946

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15