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HMS Birmingham

HMS C.19 Birmingham (Town Class)
General Details
Nationality British
Type Light Cruiser
Builder Devonport DYd (Plymouth). United Kingdom
Laid down 18 July 1935
Launched 1 September 1936
Commissioned 18 November 1937
Fate Decomissioned December 1959
Sold for scrap September 1960
Displacement
Standard 9.320 tons
Full Load 11.540 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 178 m (584')
Lenght (Overall) 180 m (591,6')
Beam 19.5 m (64,02')
Draft 6 m (20') (Average)
Armament (Design 1939)
Main Battery 12 x 152 mm (6") 50 cal BL Mark XXIII (4x3)
2 forward 2 aft
Secondary Battery 8 x 102 mm (4") 45 cal QF HA MkXVI (4x2)
AA 8 x 40,5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal Vickers MkII PomPom (2x4)
8 x 12,7 mm (0.5") 62 cal Vickers MkIII MG (3x4)
Torpedoes 6 x 533 mm (21") above water in 2 triple mounts
Armament (1945)
Main Battery 12 x 152 mm (6")/50 cal BL Mark XXIII (4x2)
2 forward 2 aft
AA 16 x 40,5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal Vickers MkII PomPom (4x4)
8 x 40 mm/56.3 cal Bofors (2x4)
5-24 x 20 mm/65 cal Oerlikon
Armament (Postwar)
Main Battery 12 x 152mm (6") 50 cal BL Mark XXIII (4x2)
2 forward 2 aft
AA 18 x 40 mm/56,3 cal Bofors (6x2,6x1)
Radars
Air Warning 1 x HA.DCT
Air Search Type 284/286
Surface Search Type 273
Type 271
Fire Control Air recognition (AR) type 285
Air recognition (AR) type 282 (2pdr)
Aircraft
Fixed Wing 2-3 Supermarine Walrus amphibians, removed late WWII
Hangar located starboard of forward funnel
Used as messdecks and cinemas late in WWII
Armour
Belt 124 mm (4,88") main belt
124-63,5 mm (4,88"-2.5") magazines
63,5-38 mm (2,5"-1,5") ends
Deck 51-32 mm (2"-1,25")
Bulkheads 63,5 mm (2,5")
Turrets 25 mm (1")
Barbettes 51-25 mm (2"-1")
Conning Tower N/A
Propulsion
Boilers 4 Admiralty 3 drum-type
Turbines Parsons geared turbines
Horsepower 75.000 shp
Shafts 4
Endurance 9.000 nm at 15 knots
Max Speed 32,5 knots
31,25 knots (standard)
Oil Bunkerage 2.070 tons
Complement
Usual 750