RHNS Lemnos (BC-1930)


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When the Greek Navy went looking for competitors for turning the ex-US Kilkis and Lemnos pre-dreadnoughts into more modern ships, they offered the contracts to British, French and Italian construction yards. After perusing each yards offerings for each different type of ship the Italian yards won the bid. This gave the Italians 1 Battlecruiser, 2 Heavy cruisers, and 2 minelayers to build, a very lucrative contract in 1925 when none of the major powers were building any large warships due to the GALT Treaty.

The design used was the design the Italian navy had rejected for a 26,500 ton ship, but which design eminently suited the Greek Navies needs. With Kilkis and Lemnos providing 4 x twin 12" turrets, the original design was altered from the three triple turrets envisaged for the Italian Navy ships. The 12" armoured belts were removed from both ships and fixed to the new ship. A better armoured belt than the original design.

The Lemnos was laid down in 1925 and completed in 1930. The last payment for the ship being made just as the worlds markets crashed. With the Italian Facist Party taking power in Italy, the Greek Navy turned to the French for the refitting of its major warships in the later 1930's. This included the Lemnos which received a thorough upgrading with the French 5.1" DP semi-auto quadruple turrets replacing the triple 6" and twin 37mm replacing the older single 3.9" guns that were the heavy AA.


Displacement 26,500 tons std 33,400 tons full load
Length 644.5 ft
Breadth 92 ft
Draught 27.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 110,500shp
Speed 30 knots
Range 5500 miles at 15 knots
Armour 12" side, 3.9" deck, 12" turrets
Armament 8 x 12" (4x2)

16 x 5.1 (4x4)

16 x 37mm (8x2)

10 x 20mm (10x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 8 x 21"
Complement 1350




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