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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

CRUISERS

SUPERB light cruisers (1945 - 1961)

nearly sister-ship Swiftsure 1944 (similar as Superb)

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bellerophon (ex-Blake, ex-Tiger)   52 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne --- --- --- cancelled 3/1946
Blake (ex-Tiger, ex-Blake) C99 778 Fairfield, Govan 17/8/1942 20/12/1945 8/3/1961 sold for BU 10/1982
Lion (ex-Defence) C34 611 Scotts, Greenock/Swan Hunter, Wallsend 24/6/1942 2/9/1944 20/7/1960 stricken 1972
Hawke     Portsmouth DYd 9/1943 --- --- cancelled 1/1946
Superb 25 - C25 1683 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 23/6/1942 31/8/1943 16/11/1945 stricken 1957
Tiger (ex-Bellerophon) C20 593 John Brown, Clydebank 1/10/1941 25/10/1945 18/3/1959 sold for BU 9/1986

 

Displacement standard, t

8885

Displacement full, t

11560

Length, m

164.0 pp 169.3 oa

Breadth, m

19.5

Draught, m

6.43 deep load

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 1900

Armour, mm

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

Armament

Superb: 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, 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Sensors

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

Complement

867

Ship project history: Little modified project of Swiftsure with larger hull beam and increased number of AA guns.

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. Downtakes had additional 76mm protection.

Modernizations: Superb was never modernized. Blake, Lion and Tiger were completed by new design.

1/1946, Superb: 3 x 3 - 152/50 Mk XXII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 8 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 4 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Naval service: No significant events.

TIGER CLASS

Tiger 1959

Tiger 1963

Lion 1968

Blake 1969

Tiger 1979

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Blake (ex-Tiger, ex-Blake) C99 778 Fairfield, Govan 17/8/1942 20/12/1945 8/3/1961 sold for BU 10/1982
Lion (ex-Defence) C34 611 Scotts, Greenock // Swan Hunter, Wallsend 24/6/1942 2/9/1944 20/7/1960 stricken 1972, sold for BU 4/1975
Tiger (ex-Bellerophon) C20 593 John Brown, Clydebank 1/10/1941 25/10/1945 18/3/1959 sold for BU 9/1986

 

Displacement standard, t

9550

Displacement full, t

11700

Length, m

163.8 pp 169.3 oa

Breadth, m

19.5

Draught, m

7.00

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

80000

Max speed, kn

31.5

Fuel, t

oil 1900

Armour, mm

belt: 89 - 76, bulkheads: 51 - 25, turrets: 51 - 25, deck over machinery and magazines: 51

Armament

2 x 2 - 152/50 Mk 26, 3 x 2 - 76/70 Mk 6

Sensors

type 277Q, 5x 903, 960, 992Q radars

Complement

880

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: (1965 - 1969, Portsmouth DYd), Blake; (1968 - 1972, Devonport DYd), Tiger: - 1 x 2 - 152/50, 2 x 2 - 76/70, type 277Q, 960 radars; + 2 x 4 Sea Cat GWS22 SAM launchers, 4 Wessex (later Sea King) helicopters, type 278, 965 radars.

Naval service: Tiger was paid off in 1979 and Blake in 1980.

Superb 1947

Lion 1960

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15