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CHUNG KING light cruiser (1936/1948)


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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
重庆 [Chung King] (ex-Aurora)     Portsmouth DYd, UK 23.7.1935 20.8.1936 12.11.1937 // 19.5.1948 CTL 20.3.1949, never repaired


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

5270

Displacement full, t

7400

Length, m

146.3 pp 154.2 oa

Breadth, m

15.5

Draught, m

5.51 deep load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

4 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

64000

Max speed, kts

32.3

Fuel, t

oil 1250 - 1325 (later 1115 - 1150)

Armour, mm

box protection to magazines: 76 - 25, belt: 57, bulkheads: 25, barbettes: 19, turrets: 25, deck: 25

Armament

3 x 2 - 152/50 Mk XXI, 4 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 3 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 х 3 - 533 TT

Electronic equipmenttype 281, type 284, type 285 radars
Complement

500



Standard scale images


<i>Chung King </i>1955
Chung King 1955


Project history


The ex-RN cruiser Aurora was sold to China, fetched by a crew of 682, and defected to the Communists in Shanghai on 2 March 1949

Protection


Armoured belt protected machinery spaces (57mm armour on 13mm plating) and extended to upper deck abreast boiler rooms and fore engine room and to main deck abreast aft engine room. Machinery and steering gear also were protected by 25mm armoured deck. Magazines were covered by 76mm longitudinal and 76mm transverse bulkheads and 51mm crowns.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


 The Nationalists aviation bombed the Chung King at Taku some days and 20.3.1949 Nationalists bombers finally sank her. Later the wreck was salvaged but the repair was recognized as too expensive. Later the hull was used as accommodation and warehouse hulk and finally was scrapped in 1990s.

© Ivan Gogin, 2015