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SWIFTSURE light cruisers (2, 1944 - 1945)


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Swiftsure 1946

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ontario (ex-Minotaur) (RCN) 53, 1948- C53, 1951- CCL32 1171 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 20/11/1941 29/7/1943 25/5/1945 to Canada 11/1944, stricken 10/1958
Swiftsure 08, 1948- C08 43 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne 22/9/1941 4/2/1943 22/6/1944 stricken 1960, sold for BU 10/1962


Technical data


Max speed, kts, kn

31.5

Displacement standard, t

8800

Displacement full, t

11130 (Swiftsure later 11240, Ontario 11480)

Length, m

164.0 pp 169.3 oa

Breadth, m

19.2

Draught, m

6.30 deep load (later 6.35 - 6.45)

No of shafts

4

Machinery

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

Power, h. p.

72500

Fuel, t

oil 1850

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mm

belt: 89 - 83, bulkheads: 51 - 38, turrets: 51 - 25, barbettes: up to 25, deck: 51 - 32

Armament

Ontario: 3 x 3 - 152/50 BL Mk XXIII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 4 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Swiftsure: 3 x 3 - 152/50 BL Mk XXIII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 4 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 8 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Electronic equipment

Swiftsure: type 277, type 281B, type 282, type 283, type 284, type 285, type 293 radars

Ontario: type 275, type 277, type 281B, type 282, type 283, type 284, type 285, type 293 radars

Complement

855, 960 war



Standard scale images


<i>Swiftsure</i> 1944
Swiftsure 1944


Graphics


<i>Swiftsure</i> 1946
Swiftsure 1946


Project history


Last British cruisers completed in days of war. Enhanced design of Fiji with better stability at the expense of breadth increase, strengthened AA armament and larger fuel stowage.

Protection


Armoured belt extended from "A" to "Y" barbettes and to upper deck abreast boiler rooms and fore engine room and to main deck abreast aft engine room, CCC and magazines. Its thickness was 89mm abreast magazines and 83mm abreast machinery. Belt was closed by 51-38mm bulkheads. Armoured deck was 51mm thick (32mm with 38mm slopes over steering gear). Transom stern was 38mm thick.

Modernizations


8/1945, Ontario: - 4 x 1 - 40/39; + 4 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

8/1945, Swiftsure: - 8 x 2 - 20/70, 6 x 1 - 20/70; + 13 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1/1946, Swiftsure: 3 x 3 - 152/50 Mk XXII, 5 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 13 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 4 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, type 277, type 281B, type 282, type 283, type 284, type 285, type 293 radars

Naval service


Minotaur was transferred to Canada at period of building and renamed.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.