Thursday, January 8, 2009

Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra (D33) was a Royal Australian Navy heavy cruiser of the County class, which served between 1928 and 1942. She was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island,along with USS Quincy, Vinncinnes, and Astoria... on 9 August 1942, during World War 2
Admiral MIkawa force hit Canberra first out of luck because Canberra was a tight veteran cruiser and if she hadn't been hit early and hard she would have been into action quicker thank greener USN cruisers

Displacement: 13,450 tons full load
Length: 192 metres
Beam: 20.8 metres
Draught: 4.9 metres
Propulsion: 8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 4 shaft Brown-Curtis geared turbines, 80,000 hp
Speed: 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h)
Range: 4,989 kilometres (2,694 nmi) at 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h)
21,404 kilometres (11,557 nmi) 12 knots (22 km/h)
crew: 679 (710 as flagship)
Armament: Original configuration:
8 x 8-inch (200 mm) Mk VIII guns in twin mounts,
4 x QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk V single AA guns,
2 x Quadruple mount QF 2 pdr (40 mm) pom-poms gun,
4 x 3 pdr guns,
2 quadruple 21-inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes


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