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HMS Argonaut (61)
HMS Argonaut
HMS Argonaut in her War (Dazzle) Colours, November 1943 just after repairs at Philadelphia Navy yard
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Dido-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Argonaut
Builder: Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, UK)
Laid down: 21 November 1939
Launched: 6 September 1941
Commissioned: 8 August 1942
Out of service: 6 July 1946
Reclassified: In reserve between 1946 to 1955
Fate: Scrapped, Arrived at J Cashmore, Newport on 19 November 1955
General characteristics
Displacement: 5,600 tons standard
6,850 tons full load
Length: 485 ft (148 m) pp
512 ft (156 m) oa
Beam: 50.5 ft (15.4 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines
Four shafts
Four Admiralty 3-drum boilers
62,000 shp (46 MW)
Speed: 32.25 knots (60 km/h)
Range: 2,414 km (1,500 miles) at 30 knots
6,824 km (4,240 miles) at 16 knots
1,100 tons fuel oil
Complement: 480
Armament:

Original configuration:

10 x 5.25 in (133 mm) dual purpose guns,
4 x 20 mm (0.8 in) single guns,
2 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-poms quad guns,
2 x 21 in (533 mm) triple Torpedo Tubes.

1943-1944 configuration:

8 x 5.25 in (133 mm) guns,
3 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-poms quad guns,
5 x 20 mm (0.8 in) twin guns,
2 x 21 in (533 mm) triple Torpedo Tubes.

1944-1946 configuration:

8 x 5.25 in (133 mm) guns,
3 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-poms quad guns,
6 x 20 mm (0.8 in) twin power-operated guns,
5 x 20 mm (0.8 in) single guns,
5 x 40 mm (1.6 in) Boffins twin guns,
3 x 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors Mk III single guns,
2 x 21 in (533 mm) triple Torpedo Tubes.
Armor:

Original configuration:

Belt: 3 inch,
Deck: 1 inch,
Magazines: 2 inch,
Bulkheads: 1 inch.
Notes: Pennant number 61

HMS Argonaut was a Dido class cruiser

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