HMS Exeter

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HMS Exeter, Built at Devonport by Parsons and launched 18tjh July 1929, she was slightly different to the York by being 1 foot longer in the beam and slightly higher funnels.  Her main armament was slightly different as well being able only to elevate 50% instead of 70 % as HMS York. Served in the South Atlantic in 1939, taking part in the famous action against the Admiral Graf Spee and was hit by seven 11 - inch shells , In this action she was put out of action when her main 8 -inch Turrets all of which were unable to fire.  returning to UK for refit in 1940 for 14 months  and then Joining Home Fleet in 1941, transferred to Eastern Fleet 1942. During the Battle in the Java Sea she was hit by a 8 -inch shell which reduced her speed to 16 - knots, Two days later 1st march 1942 while engaging Four Japanese Cruisers of the Nachi Class another 8 - inch shell hit just forward to the Boiler room causing a major fire and the loss of all steam. several more 8 -inch shells hit the Exeter, and had to be abandoned and scuttled. but before this was completed she was torpedoed by a Japanese destroyer and sunk.

 

These ships were fairly similar to the Norfolk Class except having only 6 main guns instead of the 8 in the Norfolk. There was also three sister ships projected in 1929 but all were cancelled 

 

Displacement: ,  8,390 tons (Exeter)   Speed: 32kt    Complement: 600

Armament: Six 8 inch guns in pairs. Four 4 inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in pairs and  two on Exeter.

HMS Exeter 18th July 1929 Sunk 1st March 1942.

HMS Exeter. 

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HMS Exeter photograph taken at Liverpool June 1932

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HMS Exeter

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   HMS Exeter

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