RZS Anduril (CLM-1939)


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The Zealandian Navy decided to rectify the mistake it made with the Harad class in not providing enough speed to give the Harad type a chance to be offensive minelayers. The original design showed a standard cruiser with a maximum speed of 33 knots, 4" armoured belt, 9x6" 8x4" guns, aircraft, and torpedoes. Perfect if Zealandia was looking for a standard light cruiser. The designers took out their scalpels and went to work. The 6" and 4" were ditched and replaced with a dual purpose armament of ten 4.5" in five twin turrets. The aircraft and torpedoes were retained as when the ships were not operating in their primary role they still needed to work at normal cruiser duties. Armour was reduced to 3" box lots around the magazines and propulsion units. Everything was lightened and subordinated to speed.

The reduction from the 6"/4" armament to the 4.5" DP guns also saved in the number of gun directors. Four or five was reduced to two. It does not sound much but the directors are all mounted as high as possible for best vision, so their weight is also coupled to the amount of topweight they represent.

Displacement 6,200 tons std 8,550 tons full load
Length 577 ft
Breadth 54 ft
Draught 18 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 110,000shp (Max. 140,000shp)
Speed 35 knots (40 knots at max output).
Range 6000 miles at 14 knots, 1800 miles at 34 knots
Armour 25 mm gun houses. 3" armoured boxes around vitals.
Armament 10 x 4.5" (5x2)
16 x 2pd (4x4)
8 x 40mm (4x2)
Aircraft 3
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Mines 200
Complement 715
Notes RZS Anduril (11/1939)

RZS Glamdring (4/1940)

The torpedoes and aircraft handling facilities were early casualties. Reductions to topweight was required as more and more minor armament and electronics were fitted. The hangar, and covered in torpedo areas being able to provide more accommodation space and offices for the extra crew required to man the extra weapons and electronics.

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