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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY N P Q R SHIPS

14)RENOWN (BATTLECRUISER)




Completed: 1916


Displacement:   36,080 long tons (36,660 t) (deep load


Length: 794 ft


Beam: 90 ft


Draught: 31 ft 9 in


Propulsion: 120,000 shp (89,000 kW) 4 × geared steam turbines, 4 × shafts, 8 × boilers


Speed: 29 kts


Armament: 3 × 2 - 15-inch guns, 10 × 2 - 4.5 in (110 mm) Dual purpose guns, 3 × 8 - 2-pounder AA guns


Complement: 1200 officers and men


Range: 6,580 mi (10,590 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)


Aircraft carried: 4 × floatplanes


Renown was recommissioned on 28 August 1939 as part of the Home Fleet. Much like her sister, she spent September patrolling in the North Sea, but was transferred to Force K in the South Atlantic in October to help search for the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. The ship joined Force H at the Cape of Good Hope in November to prevent Admiral Graf Spee from breaking into the South Atlantic.


She was unsuccessful in this, but sank the blockade runner SS Watussi on 2 December off the South African coast. 96 survivors were taken aboard.  She remained in the South Atlantic even after Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled on 13 December and did not return to the Home Fleet until March 1940.


 

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