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Battle Cruisers

HMS Repulse

HMS Repulse (Renown Class)
General Details
Nationality British
Type Battle Cruiser
Builder J. Brown, Clydebank. United Kingdom
Laid down 25 January 1915
Launched 8 January 1916
Commissioned August 1916
Fate Originally to be built by Palmers' (Jarrow)
Rearmored December 1918 to January 1921
Reconstructed March 1933 to May 1936
Sunk 10 December 1941 by 5 torpedoes from Japanese A/C (22nd Naval Air Flotilla) off Kuantan,Malaya in South China Sea (3º33,6'N, 104º28,7'E).
Repulse was at the time she was lost in company of Prince of Wales (Force Z)
Displacement
Standard 27,470 tons (design)
Full Load 30,835 tons (design)
32,074 tons (1918)
32,740 tons (1921)
38,200 tons (1936)
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 787.7' (240 m)
Lenght (Overall) 794.1' (242 m)
Beam 90' (27.4 m) (design)
Draft 25.5' (7.8 m) (avg)
30.5 (9.3 m) (max)
Armament (design-1939)
Main Battery 6 x 15" (380 mm)/42 cal MkI (3x2)
2 forward 1 aft
Secondary Battery 17 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkV (5x3,2x1)
12 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkV (4x3) (1921)
12 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkV (4x3) (1921)
AA 2 x 76 mm (12pdr) QF HA MkI (2x1) (design)
16 x 40.5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal MkVIII (2x8) (1936)
16 x 0.5"/62 cal MG (4x4)
Torpedoes 2 x 21" submerged on beam (2x1) (design)
8 x 21" (533 mm) fixed tubes (4x2) (1921)
Armament (1939-41)
Main Battery 6 x 15" (380 mm)/42 cal MkI (3x2)
2 forward 1 aft
Secondary 13 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkXVI (3x3,4x1)
AA 24 x 40.5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal MkVIII (3x8)
16 x 0.5"/62 cal MG (4x4)
8 x 20 mm/65 cal Oerlikon (8x1) added 1941
3 x UP AA MkI removed 1941
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (533 mm) fixed tubes (4x2)
Armour
Belt 1.5"-6" (38-152 mm) midship (design)
2"-9" (51-228 mm) midship (1926)
Deck 0.5"-3" (12.7-76 mm)
0.5"-5" (12.7-127 mm) (1936)
Bulkheads 4"-3" (202-76 mm) forward/aft
Turrets 9" (228 mm) face
9"-7" (228-178 mm) sides
11" (279 mm) rear
4.25" (108 mm) roof
Barbettes 7"-5"-4" (178-127-102 mm)
Conning Tower 10" (254 mm) maximum (6" (152 mm) revolving hood)
Propulsion
Boilers 42 Babcock-Wilcox 285 psi Large Tube (design)
Turbines 2 Brown Curtis direct drive steam (design)
Horsepower 112,000 shp (design)
Shafts 4
Endurance 3,650 nm at 30 knts
9,400 nm at 15 knts
Max Speed 31.5 knts (design)
31.7 knts (trial)
28.3 knts (1936)
Oil Bunkerage 4,289-4,500 tons oil
100 tons coal (removed later in career)
Complement
Usual 955-1,500