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ASO armoured cruiser (1903/1908)

Aso 1908

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
阿蘇 <Aso> (ex-<Bayan>)   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne, France // Maizuru K K 12/1898 30/5/1900 4/1903 // 1908 minelayer 1920, stricken 4/1930

 

Displacement normal, t

7725

Displacement full, t

7800

Length, m

137.0

Breadth, m

17.5

Draught, m

6.48

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 26 Belleville boilers

Power, h. p.

16500

Max speed, kts

21

Fuel, t

coal 1100
Endurance, nm(kts) 7000(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey nickel steel - belt: 200 - 100, bulkheads: 200 - 180, upper belt: 60, casemates: 60, deck: 50 - 30, CT: 160

Armament

2 x 1 - 203/42 (rus.), 8 x 1 - 152/45 Armstrong GG, 16 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 2 x 1 - 6.5/115

Complement

593

Ship project history: Former Russian Bayan, captured 2/1/1905 at Port Arthur. She was repaired and commissioned in 1908.

Ship protection: Main 200mm belt protected part of ship length between stem and aft turret and had 1.8m height, its thickness decreased to 100mm at lower edge and near ship ends. It was closed by 200-180mm bulkhead at aft end. 60mm upper belt connected with upper deck. 6`` and half of 3`` guns had similar protection. Main deck was 50mm at flat part.

Modernizations: 3/1913: - 2 x 1 - 203/42; + 2 x 1 - 152/50 41-shiki with shields

1920: + capacity for 420 mines.

Naval service: Aso was stricken 1/4/1930, converted to target and sunk on manoeuvres 8/8/1932.

 

Aso

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14