Southampton Class

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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Southampton Class. HMS Newcastle, HMS Southampton, HMS Birmingham, HMS Glasgow, HMS Sheffield, HMS Liverpool, HMS Manchester, HMS Gloucester, HMS Belfast, HMS Edinburgh including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Southampton Class cruisers.

HMS Newcastle  was built by Vickers Armstrong  and launched laid down on the 4th October 1934 and launched 23rd January 1936 and completed 5th march 1937. Served in the home Fleet 1939 to 1941, transferring to the Atlantic fleet 1941 to 1942, then to the eastern Fleet 1942- 1944, and again moving to the East Indies 1944- 1945, until returning to the Home Fleet late in 1945. finally being scrapped at Faslane, Scotland  19th August 1959.

 

Specifications for HMS Newcastle, HMS Southampton, HMS Birmingham, HMS Glasgow

Displacement: 9,100 tons    Speed: 32kt      Complement: 700

Armament: Twelve 6 inch guns in threes. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 3 aircraft.

HMS Birmingham 1st September 1936 Broken up 1950.
HMS Glasgow 20th June 1936 Broken up 1958.
HMS Newcastle 23rd January 1936 Broken up 1959.
HMS Sheffield 23rd July 1936 Broken up 1967.
HMS Southampton 10th March 1936 Sunk 11th January 1941.
HMS Birmingham

HMS Birmingham.

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HMS Birmingham  at speed circa 1938

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HMS Birmingham

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HMS Birmingham circa 1938

 

HMS Glasgow

HMS Glasgow

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HMS Glasgow. 

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HMS Glasgow.

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HMS Newcastle

 

HMS Newcastle Photographed 1937

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 HMS Newcastle photographed 1938

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HMS Newcastle.

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HMS Sheffield

HMS Sheffield Photographed 1938

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HMS Sheffield.

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One of the Southampton Class Ships.