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The cruiser HMS Apollo docked at Miami in 1938.

The Leander-class was a class of fifteen light cruisers built for the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Indian Navy, and Royal New Zealand Navy in the early 1930s that saw service in World War II. They were named after mythological figures, and all ships were commissioned between 1933 and 1936.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1931-1978
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 563 feet (171.6 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet (17.37 meters)
    • Draught: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,270 tons (Standard); 9,740 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 570
  • Propulsion: 6 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 72,000 shp
  • Range: 5,730 nautical miles (10,612 kilometers) at 13 knots (24.08 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 8 x BL 6"/50-caliber Mk.XXIII naval guns (4x2)
    • 4 x QF 4"/45-caliber Mk.V dual purpose naval guns (2x2) - replaced by QF 4"/45-caliber Mk.XVI
    • 12 x QF 12.7mm Mk.III Vickers machine guns (3x4)
    • 8 x 21" torpedo tubes (2x4)
  • Armour:
    • Deck: 1-inch (25.4 mm)
    • Machinery: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Magazines: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Turrets: 1-inch (25.4 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x seaplox (Fairey Seafox, later Fairey Swordfish and Supermarine Walrus)
  • Aviation Facilities: 1 x catapult, 1 x crane

Unit Run[]

Royal Navy[]

  • HMS Leander (C75)
  • HMS Achilles (C70)
  • HMS Ajax (C22)
  • HMS Neptune (C20)
  • HMS Orion (C85)
  • HMS Amphion (C29)
  • HMS Apollo (C67)
  • HMS Phaeton (C49)

Royal Indian Navy[]

  • HMIS Vikrant (C02)

Royal Australian Navy[]

  • HMAS Perth (D29)
  • HMAS Sydney (D48)
  • HMAS Hobart (D63)
  • HMAS Adelaide (D30)

Royal New Zealand Navy[]

  • HMNZS Ranger
  • HMNZS Andromeda