|203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII3 х 2 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire4 shots/min.|
|Reload Time15 sec.|
|Rotation Speed8 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.|
|Firing Range14.27 km.|
|Maximum Dispersion131 m.|
|HE Shell203 mm HE 256 lb|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage2,850|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell15 %|
|Initial HE Shell Velocity855 m./s.|
|HE Shell Weight116.1 kg.|
|AP Shell203 mm AP 256 lb|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage4,550|
|Initial AP Shell Velocity855 m./s.|
|AP Shell Weight116.1 kg.|
|102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX4 х 2 pcs.|
|Firing Range4 km.|
|Rate of Fire20 shots/min.|
|Reload Time3 sec.|
|HE Shell102 mm HE 35 lb|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500|
|Initial HE Shell Velocity811 m./s.|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel6 %|
|533 mm TR Mk IV2 х 3 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire0.83 shots/min.|
|Reload Time72 sec.|
|Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.|
|Torpedo533 mm Mk IX*|
|Torpedo Speed61 knot|
|Torpedo Range8.01 km.|
|12.7 mm Mk III2 х 4 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second4.2|
|. . . Firing Range1.2 km.|
|40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII2 х 8 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second39.6|
|. . . Firing Range2.49 km.|
|102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX4 х 2 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second37.6|
|. . . Firing Range5.01 km.|
|Maximum Speed32 knot|
|Turning Circle Radius650 m.|
|Rudder Shift Time8.4 sec.|
|Surface Detectability Range10.98 km.|
|Air Detectability Range6.44 km.|
Exeter — British promo premium Tier V cruiser.
This York-class ship was the last heavy cruiser to be inducted into the Royal Navy. She had relatively moderate dimensions for her type, but still featured a well-balanced combination of speed, armor protection, and armament.
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|180° Turn Time|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage
|203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII||4||22.5||131||2,850||15||4,550||0||0|
|Secondary Gun Turrets|
|Rate of Fire|
|Torpedo Tubes Reload Time|
|180° Turn Time|
|533 mm Mk IX*||0.8||72||7.2||15,866||61||8||0||0|
- Builder: Yard; City, Country
- Laid down: DD MONTH YEAR
- Launched: DD MONTH YEAR
- Commissioned: DD MONTH YEAR
- XX tons displacement, standard
- XXm length
- XXm beam
- XXm draft
- XX knots at XX shaft horsepower
- XX nm at XX knots
- Main belt:
- Upper belt:
- Torpedo bulkhead:
- Barbettes and Turrets:
- Conning tower:
HMS Exeter was the second and last York-class heavy cruiser built for the Royal Navy during the late 1920s. Aside from a temporary deployment with the Mediterranean Fleet during the Abyssinia Crisis of 1935–36, she spent the bulk of the 1930s assigned to the Atlantic Fleet or the North America and West Indies Station. When World War II began in September 1939, the cruiser was assigned to patrol South American waters against German commerce raiders. Then the Exeter was one of three British cruisers that fought the German pocket battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee, later that year in the Battle of the River Plate. She was severely damaged during the battle, and she was in the shipyard for over a year.
After her repairs were completed, the ship spent most of 1941 on convoy escort duties before she was transferred to the Far East after the start of the Pacific War in December. The Exeter was generally assigned to escorting convoys to and from Singapore during the Malayan Campaign, and she continued on those duties in early February 1942 as the Japanese prepared to invade the Dutch East Indies. Later that month, she was assigned to the Striking Force of the joint American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDACOM), and she took on a more active role in the defense of the Dutch East Indies. The culmination of this was her engagement in the Battle of the Java Sea later in the month as the Allies attempted to intercept several Imperial Japanese Navy invasion convoys. The Exeter was crippled early in the battle, and she did not play much of a role as she withdrew. Two days later, she attempted to escape inbound Japanese forces, but she was intercepted and sunk by Japanese ships at the beginning of March in the Second Battle of the Java Sea.
Most of her crewmen survived the sinking and were rescued by the Japanese. About a quarter of them died during Japanese captivity. Her wreck was discovered in early 2007, and it was declared a war grave, but by 2016 her remains had been destroyed by illegal salvagers.
HMS Exeter was initially designed to be a sister ship to HMS York, however several improvements were made and thus HMS Exeter was considered a ship of its own class.
Displacing 8,400 tons standard and 10,500 tons when fully loaded, HMS Exeter was slightly heavier than her intended sister ship. Her length was identical with 175.25m, however her beam was increased with 17.68m while her draft remained the same. In her initial state her crew would count 628 men.
HMS Exeter's armor was improved over that of HMS York. While the machinery protection remained identical with a 76mm strong belt and a 38mm deck, the magazine protection was drastically increased to 127mm side and 76mm deck armor. The main armament however only received the usual splinter protection, very much like the Japanese cruisers had it at the same time with 25mm all around.
The main armament remained similar to that of HMS York. Three twin turrets, mounted on the centerline with a superfiring pair fore and one turret aft, made up for the main punch of HMS Exeter. This gun was the 203mm/50 Mark VIII, the same gun as on the preceding classes. Firing a 116.1kg heavy projectile at a range of up to 28km, and being able to fire up to five rounds per minute and gun, these guns were mounted in slightly modified versions of the turret which saved weight and did no longer possess the ability to elevate the guns higher than 50°.
The secondary armament initially consisted of four single mounted 102mm/45 guns, capable of being used against both air and sea targets. In 1941 however a new version of this gun came on board in a twin mounting, effectively doubling the firepower. These guns could fire a 28.8kg heavy shell against an air target up to 11.9km high, while maintaining up to 20 rounds per minute and gun.
HMS Exeter's light anti-aircraft-armament varied before the war, initially carrying a few single mounted 47mm and 40mm Pompoms, those were gradually replaced by two quad mounted .50 cal Vickers machine guns, and two octuple mounted 40mm Pompom mounts.
Torpedo armament was carried with two triple launchers, and aviation facilities allowed HMS Exeter to carry two sea planes.
The machinery was left identical to that of HMS York, eight Admiralty 3-drum boilers and four Parsons turbines generated up to 80,000shp, which would accelerate HMS Exeter up to 32kn. Carrying 1,900 tons of fuel, a cruising range of 10,000nm at 14kn was possible.====Service====
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