RHNS Katsonis (CL-1916 (1936-mod))


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Typical British designed cruisers of the 1912-14 period, these two ships were under construction for Greece when World War 1 broke out and the ships were completed for the Royal Navy. They were of a slightly modified design to the prior Birmingham class in that they were armed with a rather handy 5.5" gun system. It proved itself good enough to be mounted on the Hood, Furious, Hermes and others.

Katsonis as HMS Chester 1916, showing battle damage from the Jutland action.

In 1920 the ships were both offered back to the Greek Navy who accepted them at a cost that was near scrap value. The ships served the Greek Navy till 1934 when they were sent to Toulon for rebuilding by the French. The French fitted a new set of guns of the 5.1" DP type that had been developed in twin and single mounts. A new set of superstructures forward and aft, while new 'French' funnels replaced the 4 previously required.


Displacement 5,200 tons std 6,400 tons full load
Length 455 ft
Breadth 50 ft
Draught 15.5 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 31,500shp
Speed 27 knots
Range 4500 miles at 15 knots
Armour 2" side, 1.5" deck
Armament 10 x 5.1" (2x2, 6x1)

8 x 37mm (4x2)

10 x 20mm (4x2 2x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 410


As Chester 1918 at Scapa Flow, note Germanic States Battlecruiser in background (or is it Repulse type?).


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