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HMS Neptune

HMS Neptune (Leander Class)
General Details
Nationality British
Type Light Cruiser
Builder Portsmouth DYd. United Kingdom
Laid down 24 September 1931
Launched 31 January 1933
Commissioned 22 February 1934
Fate Manned by Royal New Zealand Navy personnel as of May 1941
Sunk by 4 mines 19 December 1941 near Tripoli.
Displacement
Standard 7.430 tons
Full Load 9.350 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 163 m (535')
Lenght (Overall) 169 m (554,06')
Beam 16,9 m (55,5')
Draft 5,8 m (19,1') (Avg)
Armament (Design)
Main Battery 152 mm (8 x 6")/50 cal BL Mark XXIII (4x2)
2 forward 2 aft
Secondary Battery 102 mm (4 x 4") /45 cal QF HA MkV (4x1)
Refit with 102 mm (8 x 4") /45 cal QF HA MkXVI (4x2)
AA 12 x 0,5"/62 cal Vickers MkIII MG (3x4)
Torpedoes 533 mm (8 x 21") above water in 2 quadruple mounts
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 1 Fairey Seafox changed to Swordfish in WWII
1 catapult
Armour
Belt 102 mm (4") main belt
89-25 mm (3,5"-1") magazines
63,5-38 mm (2,5"-1,5") ends
Deck 32-51 mm (1,25"-2")
Turrets 25 mm (1")
Barbettes 25 mm (1")
Conning Tower N/A
Propulsion
Boilers 6 Admiralty 3 drum-type
Turbines 4 Parsons I.R. geared turbines
Horsepower 72.000 shp
Shafts 4
Endurance 7.300-7.500 nm at 15 knots
Max Speed 32,5 knots
31 knots (standard)
Oil Bunkerage 1.780 tons
Complement
Usual 570