RHNS Kountouriotis (CA-1929)

 

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While the two ex-US pre-dreadnoughts had been fairly modern in 1914, only 6 years later in 1920 they were hopelessly out of date. But the equipment on board the ship, the guns and armour were still fine and could be used as the basis for 2 cruisers and a battlecruiser/battleship. The Greek Navy saved some budget and sent the two ships off to Italy (who had won the bid to build the new ships). The two cruisers were outside the Washington treaty so they ended up as more armoured cruisers and a bit over the 10,000 tons the rest of the major powers were saddled with.

Each ship being armed with 8 x 8" removed from either Kilkis or Lemnos, this was a more than adequate armament for the time. The single 3.9" AA were eventually replaced with twin mountings during a late 1930's refit. The ships did not have to be very fast and a speed of 30 knots was considered acceptable for the duties the ships were to perform.

 

Displacement 11,200 tons std 14,400 tons full load
Length 543.5 ft
Breadth 68 ft
Draught 22.5 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 71,500shp
Speed 30 knots
Range 4500 miles at 15 knots
Armour 5.9" side, 3.5" deck, 6.5" turrets
Armament 8 x 8" (4x2)

8 x 3.9" (4x2)

10 x 37mm (5x2)

8 x 20mm (4x2)

Aircraft 1
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 570
Notes  

 

The twin 8" used on these ships are visible in this photo.

 

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