Swedish Ship Involved

Aircraft Cruiser

HMS Gotland

HMS Gotland
General Details
Nationality Swedish
Type Aircraft Cruiser
Builder Gøtaverken, Gøteborg, Sweden. Hull built by Lindholmen, Gøteborg, Sweden
Laid down 1930
Launched 14 September 1933
Commissioned 14 December 1934
Fate Rebuilt as AA-cruiser 1944
Aircraft handling system replaced with AAW-guns
Decommissioned 1 July 1960
Scrapped 1963
Displacement
Standard 4.600 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (Overall) 134,8 meter (455 feet)
Beam 15,4 meter (52 feet)
Draft 4,5 meter (15,2 feet)
Armament
Main Battery 6 x 152 mm (6 inches)/55 cal Bofors Model 1930, twin turrets forward and aft
2 single hull mounted, 1 port and 1 starboard
AA 4 x 75 mm (3 inches)/60 cal. Model 1928 (2 x 1) (1 x 2), replaced in 1955 with 4 x 40 mm Bofors
4 x 25 mm (1 inch) Bofors
8 x 40 mm (1,6 inches) Bofors added in 1944 reconstruction
Torpedoes 6 x 53,3 cm (21 inches) tubes
Mines Mine laying capacity for ca. 100 mines
Radars
Air Search Not in original. Rebuilt with several different systems
Surface Search Not in original. Rebuilt with several different systems
Navigation Not in original. Rebuilt with several different systems
Fire Control 2 x 6 m stereo-optical. Later radar controlled
Sonars Hull - mounted
Aircraft
Fixed Wing 6 x S9 (Hawker Osprey) scouting aircraft.1 catapult.
These Airplanes could also be received back on the ship at speed by landing on a special device towed after the ship
Gotland was rebuilt in 1944 and equipped as an AA-cruiser the catapult and aircraft were removed
Armour
Side 15 mm (0.6 inches)
Side, lower 24 mm (0.95 inches)
Deck 24 mm (0.95 inches)
Turrets 24 mm (0.95 inches)
Conning Tower 15-20 mm (0.6-0.8 inches)
Propulsion
Boilers 4 x Penhoet / 20 kg
Turbines 2 x DeLaval geared steam turbines
Diesel engines 2 diesels for electric powerplant back-up
Electric Powerplant 4 x 80 kw
Shafts 2
Horsepower 33.000 shp
Endurance 6.200 miles at 16 knots
Speed 27,5 knots
Complement
Usual 417
Roll of Honour
Bismarck Operation "Rheinübung"