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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY A B SHIPS

14)ASTURIAS (ARMED M. CRUISER)



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Completed: 1925


Launched: 1935.


Commissioned: 1939


Displacement: 22,445 tons


Length: 640,5 ft


Beam: 78,5 ft


Draught: 40,5 ft


Propulsion: Six steam turbine. Asturias was one of the first large ships to have Diesel engines installed.


Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm


Speed: 19 knots


Service in the south Atlantic: July 40 - April 43: South Atlantic Station
May 43 - July 43: West Africa Command Freetown.


In the morning of 18 Jan 1941 HMS Asturias intercepted the French merchant Mendoza off Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil and proceeded for a thorough inspection.


HMS Asturias was an Armed Merchant Cruiser which was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1939 for use on the South Atlantic patrols, her fore funnel and mainmast were removed to improve the capabilities of her anti-aircraft guns. In July of 1943 she was torpedoed in the South Atlantic in position 06°52'N, 20°45'W by Italian submarine Ammiraglio Cagni but was successfully towed to Freetown some five hundred miles by HMS Zwarte Zee.


With her Engine Room flooded she lay there for two years and was finally abandoned by Royal Mail. In 1945 she went undertow again by Zwarte Zee with an escort of seven Corvettes she made her way to Gibraltar for temporary repairs before being towed to Belfast for an extensive refit. She was sold and scraped 1957.


 

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