Birmingham Class Light Cruiser

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Birmingham Class Light Cruisers. Cruisers in the class were HMS Birmingham, HMS Lowestoft, HMS Nottingham and HMS Adelaide.

History of the Birmingham Class Light cruisers of the Royal Navy.  Part of the 1912 building programmed. They were improved versions of the Chatham class, with the main alteration of an addition of a second 6-inch gun on the forecastle.. The Birmingham Class were very successful and apart form HMS Nottingham lost during world war one. were kept in the Naval fleet until the 1931. and HMS Adelaide continued in service until 1949 with the Australian navy.

HMS Birmingham. Built at Elswick amd launched 7th May 1913 and completed in January 1914. joined the 1st light Cruiser Squadron in 1914. and in June of 1914 visited Kiel. During World war One. she rammed and sunk U-15 on the 9th of August 1914 as well as sinking two German merchant ships. and also took part in the Dogger Bank action in  January 1915. In February 1915 she joined the 2nd Light Cruiser squadron.  On the 18th of June HMS Birmingham attacked a u-boat without success. and during The battle of Jut land sustained some damage caused by splintering. during the night of the battle.. After the Great War she became the flagship to the 6th Light cruiser Squadron 1919 - 1920. then transferred to the Nore during 1920 - 1922. Re commissioned in November 1923 to the Africa Station with the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron as Flagship. (relieving HMS Lowestoft). HMS Birmingham served in foreign stations until being sold in 1931.

Displacement: 5440 tons normal load, and 6040 tons deep load.   (Except Adelaide which was 5550tons and 61260 tons deep load)  Speed: 25.5 knots,  Range 4140 nautical miles.  Armament: Nine 6 - inch Guns,  Four 3 - pounder guns and two 21-inch Torpedo Tubes (sub - beam)  Compliment: 480 
HMS Birmingham 7th May 1913 Sold for scrapping in March 1931.
HMS Lowestoft 28th April 1913 Sold for scrapping in January 1931.
HMS Nottingham 18th April 1913 Sunk on 19th August 1916.
HMS Adelaide 27th July 1918 Sold for scrapping in January 1949.

HMS Birmingham

HMS Birmingham.

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HMS Birmingham.

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HMS Birmingham

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HMS Birmingham at Malta.  

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HMS Birmingham.

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HMS Birmingham.

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Crew members from HMS Birmingham in 1926 at Walvis Bay, Namibia. 

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Crew from HMS Birmingham

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HMS Birmingham, Avonmouth Dock.

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HMS Birmingham. 

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HMS Birmingham.

HMS Lowestoft

HMS Lowestoft.

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HMS Nottingham

HMS Nottingham.  

HMS Nottingham.

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HMS Adelaide

HMS Adelaide, 1922.

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