the main armament of the General Belgrano

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the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by paul.mercer » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:39 am

Gentlemen,
Just looking up the main armament of the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano it states that she carried no less than 15 x 6" guns, i can only find a very indistinct photo of the ship, so I wonder how these guns were distributed on what was described as a 'light cruiser' of only twelve and half thousand ton full load?

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Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by dunmunro » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:03 am

paul.mercer wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:39 am
Gentlemen,
Just looking up the main armament of the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano it states that she carried no less than 15 x 6" guns, i can only find a very indistinct photo of the ship, so I wonder how these guns were distributed on what was described as a 'light cruiser' of only twelve and half thousand ton full load?
Belgrano was a Brooklyn Class cruiser, the former USS Phoenix:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn-class_cruiser

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Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by marcelo_malara » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:23 pm

Three triple turrets on the bow and two triple ones on the stern.


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Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by paul.mercer » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:47 am

Gentlemen,
Many thanks as always for your replies, I found the links that you sent very interesting, she must have been quite a powerful ship in her day.
Paul

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Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by marcelo_malara » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:51 am

Sure she was...in her days. In 1982 she was but the shadow of that, her machinery was so noisy that Conqueror could hear her at a distance of 60.000 yards, her max speed was limited to 18 kt, and, could never find data supporting this, I am sure that her main armament, what all the complexities of the hoists, interlocks, etc...would be far slower than a broadside every 10 sec.

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Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Post by paul.mercer » Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:11 am

Thanks for the info Marcelo,
What about the crew when she last sailed, were they fully trained or just reservists put into a tired old ship and told to do their best?

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