Blas de Lezo-class cruiser

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Méndez Núñez (1924).jpg
Méndez Núñez after her 1944 refit
Class overview
Name: Blas de Lezo class
Builders: Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval in Ferrol
Operators:  Spanish Navy
Preceded by: Navarra
Succeeded by: Almirante Cervera-class cruiser
Completed: 2
Lost: 1
Retired: 1
General characteristics
  • 4,780 long tons (4,860 t) standard
  • 6,230 long tons (6,330 t) full load
Length: 462 ft (141 m)
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draught: 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
Propulsion: 4 shafts, Parsons Type geared turbines, 12 Yarrow Type boilers, 45,000 hp
Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 13 kn (24 km/h)
Complement: 320
  • 6 × 6-inch (152 mm) guns in single mountings
  • 4 ×47mm guns
  • 12 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes in triple tubes above water
Armour: 3 - 2 inch belt, 1 inch deck, 6 inch conning tower

The Blas de Lezo-class cruisers were a group of two cruisers built for the Spanish Navy in the 1920s. The ships were ordered in 1915 but construction proceeded slowly due to materials shortages during World War I. The ships were built by Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval in Ferrol and showed considerable British design influence, resembling contemporary British C-class cruisers.

Mendez Nunez was reconstructed into an anti-aircraft cruiser in 1944. She was re-armed with 8 - 120mm Vickers anti-aircraft guns in single mountings, 4 × 2 37mm and 2 × 4 20mm light AA guns of German origin. The superstructure was completely rebuilt and fitted with modern fire control equipment. Two triple banks of torpedo tubes were retained.


Ship Launched Commissioned Fate
Blas de Lezo 27 July 1922 March 1925 Wrecked 11 July 1932
Mendez Nunez 3 March 1923 1924 Stricken 1963
Blas de Lezo's shakedown in 1923


  • Whitley MJ. Cruisers of World War 2 an International Encyclopedia
  • Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946

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