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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY C D SHIPS *

25)DIOMEDE (LIGHT CRUISER)



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Launched: 1919.


Displacement: 4,850 tons


Length: 471 ft 2 in


Beam: 46 ft 3 in


Draught: 14 ft 3 in


Propulsion: 2 Parsons geared turbines driving 2 shafts


Speed: 29 kts


Range: 2,300 nautical milesat 28 kts 6,700 nautical miles at 10 kts.Endurance: 24 days


Capacity: 1,060 tons of coal/oil


Complement: 450


Electronic warfare & Decoys: Type 273 Radar.


Armament: 6 x 6 in/45 BL Mark XII

Armour: 1 inch deck 3 inch belt. 6 inch conning tower.


In early 1942 Diomede joined the 9th Cruiser Squadron as part of the South Atlantic and West African Squadron. After more than a decade of steaming it was decided to retire her from front-line service and from 22 July 1942 to 24 September 1943 at Rosyth Dockyard she converted into a training ship. With the end of the war she was reduced to reserve. On 5 April 1946 she was sold for scrap to Arnott Young of  Dalmuir and arrived there for breaking up on 5 May.


 

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