Leander class light cruisers (RN, 1931)

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Leander class light cruisers

specifications

Displacement: 6985-7270t standard, 9000-9280t (later 9460-9740t) deep load
Dimensions: 159.10m pp, 169.01m oa × 16.97m (Leander 16.81m) × 5.79-5.99m (later 6.07-6.22m) mean deep load
Machinery: 4-shaft Parsons geared turbines, 6 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 72,000shp = 32.5kts. Oil 1680-1785t
Armour: Box protection to ammunition spaces 3½in-1in, belt 3in on 1in, bulkheads 1½in, turrets, trunks and ring bulkheads 1in
Armament: 8-6in/50 Mk XXIII (4 twins), 4-4in/45 QF Mk V HA (4 singles), 4-3pdr saluting, 8-21in TT aw (2 quadruples), 1 aircraft
Complement: 570

units

Name Builder Laid down Launched Comp History Note
Leander Devonport DYd 8 Sept 1930 24 Sept 1931 24 Mar 1933 30 Apr 1937 operated by NZ
1 Oct 1941 joined RNZN
27 Aug 1945 returned to RN
Feb 1948 decom'd
15 Dec 1949 sold for BU
Achilles Cammell Laird 11 Jun 1931 1 Sept 1932 6 Oct 1933 1 Oct 1936 operated by NZ
1 Oct 1941 joined RNZN
17 Sept 1946 returned to RN
1948 sold to India
5 Jul 1948 recom'd as INS Delhi
30 Jun 1978 decom'd
Orion Devonport DYd 26 Sept 1931 24 Nov 1932 18 Jan 1934 1947 decom'd
19 Jul 1949 sold for BU
Neptune Portsmouth DYd 24 Sept 1931 31 Jan 1933 23 Feb 1934 19 Dec 1941 sunk (mined) off Tripoli
Ajax Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 7 Feb 1933 1 Mar 1934 12 Apr 1935 Feb 1948 decom'd
1949 BU

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