Light cruiser HMS Sheffield (C24)

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Classification

Type:
type: Light cruiser

Basic information

Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Limited
Operator:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Scrapped at Faslane, 1967

Ship measurements

Displacement:
11350 t
Length:
170 m
Beam:
18.8 m
Draught:
6.55 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 4 * Parsons steam turbines
  • 4 * Admiralty 3-drum boilers
  • 4 * shafts
  • 75,000 shp (55.9 MW)
Speed:
32 knots
Range:
5,300 nmi (6,100 mi; 9,800 km) at 13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h)

Crew

Complement:
748

Combat assets

Electronics:

Type 79Y radar from August 1938

Armament:
  • 12 * BL 6 in (152 mm) Mark XXIII guns (4 * 3)
  • 8 * QF 4 in (102 mm) Mark XVI guns (4 * 2)
  • 8 * QF 2-pounder (40.5 mm) Mark VIII pom-pom guns (2 * 4)
  • 8 * .5 in (12.7 mm) Vickers machine guns
  • 6 * 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2 * 3) (later removed)
Aircraft:
  • 2 * Supermarine Walrus aircraft (Removed in the latter part of WWII)
  • 1 * catapult
  • 2 * hangars

HMS Sheffield was one of the Southampton sub class of the Town-class cruisers of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. She took part in actions against several major German warships. Unlike most Royal Navy ships of her time, her fittings were constructed from stainless steel instead of the more traditional brass. This was an attempt to reduce the amount of cleaning required on the part of the crew. Her nickname, the «Shiny Sheff», stemmed from this. A prototype radar system was placed into service in August 1938 on the Sheffield. It was the first vessel in the Royal Navy to be so equipped.

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