HMS London (69)

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HMS London (69)
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HMS London (69)
AB RB SB
5.7 5.7 5.7
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Purchase:610 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The County-class, HMS London (69), 1945 is a rank V British heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel25 / 89 / 35 mm
Main fire tower25 / 25 / 25 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section10
Displacement13 315 t
Crew796 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB70 / 29 km/h
RB60 / 25 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 70 29
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 60 25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 700 → 6 114 Sl icon.png
RB8 100 → 10 538 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications200 400 Rp icon.png
293 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training180 000 Sl icon.png
Experts610 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
250 / 320 / 100 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
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260 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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203mm_uk_mk8_mark_ib_sapc_ammo_pack
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

4 х Turret2 x 8 inch/50 Mark VIII cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Vertical guidance-3° / 70°

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Secondary armament

4 х Turret2 x 4 inch/45 Mark XVI cannon
Ammunition400 rounds

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Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret8 x 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.VIII automatic cannon
Ammunition17920 rounds
Belt capacity56 rounds
Fire rate200 shots/min
4 х Turret40 mm QF Mark VII gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate160 shots/min
4 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min
8 х Turret2 x 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark V autocannon
Ammunition3600 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 18 x 533 mm Mk.IX wet-heater torpedo
Main article: Mk.IX (533 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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History

HMS London (69) was a second-generation County-class heavy cruiser. Unlike her predecessor, HMS Kent, the London has a revised superstructure and different armour protection. Commissioned in 1929, she saw extensive service before the War including the evacuation of refugees from Barcelona, during the Spanish Civil War. She was the only County-class heavy cruiser to be reconstructed, and featured a superstructure similar to the Fiji-class cruisers. During the Second World War, she participated in the hunt for Bismarck but spent most of her time serving with the Eastern fleet. She served with the China Station after the end of the war, and was scrapped in 1950.

Design and construction

The London, similar to her predecessors, was designed as a treaty cruiser of the Washington Naval Treaty. Thus, she was built within the 10-thousand ton standard-displacement limit and suffered, subsequently, from having little armour. She carried substantial armament of eight 8-inch (203 mm) guns in four double mounts, as well as two quadruple torpedo launchers.[1] She was also one of the only County-class ships to receive an improved anti-aircraft armament. She could make a top speed of 31 knots (57 km/h).[1]

The London was laid down in February of 1926, and was launched in September of 1927. She was formally commissioned on January 31st 1929.[1][2]

Operational service

After her commissioning, the London became the flagship of the 1st Cruiser squadron. She served with the 1st Cruiser squadron until the outbreak of war in 1939. During the Spanish Civil War, London evacuated thousands of civilians from Barcelona with her sister ship Shropshire. From March 1939, she was given a lengthy refit; though her engines were not refitted, she was given a new superstructure giving her a similar appearance to the Fiji-class cruisers.[2]

London's reconstruction was completed by March of 1941; she then participated in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck.[1] During this time, it was found that her new superstructure caused significant weight stress to the upper hull, so she was repaired once again between late 1941 and early 1942.[2] When service with the British Atlantic fleet caused cracks to appear in the hull, she was repaired once again; this time, she would not be operational until 1943. Following the completion of repairs, she served with the Eastern fleet until the end of the war.[2]

As the only modernised County-class heavy cruiser, the London was selected to serve after the war. She sailed to the Far East in 1946 to serve with the China Station. She remained in Chinese waters until 1949, when she was relieved by the cruiser HMS Kenya.[2] It was determined that London's ageing equipment and large crew complement made an additional refit unfeasible; as a result, she was sold for scrapping in 1950.[2]

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chen, C. (2007)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Helgason, G. (1995)

Works Cited

  • Chen, C. (2007, May). Heavy Cruiser London. Retrieved November 17, 2020, from https://ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?ship_id=326
  • Helgason, G. (1995). HMS London (69). Retrieved November 17, 2020, from https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/1178.html


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