HMS Hermione (74)

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HMS Hermione 1942 IWM A 7736.jpg
Aerial photograph of Hermione at sea, January 1942
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Hermione
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons (Glasgow, Scotland)
Laid down: 6 October 1937
Launched: 18 May 1939
Commissioned: 25 March 1941
Identification: Pennant number 74
Fate: Sunk 16 June 1942 by German submarine U-205
General characteristics
Class and type: Dido-class light cruiser
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 (46,000 kW)
Speed: 32.25 knots (60 km/h)
Range:
  • 1,500 nmi (2,800 km; 1,700 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
  • 4,240 nmi (7,850 km; 4,880 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • 1,100 tons fuel oil
Complement: 480
Armament:
  • Original configuration:
  • 8 x 5.25 in (133 mm) guns
  • 1 x 4 in (102 mm) gun,
  • 2 x 0.5 in MG quadruple guns,
  • 3 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-pom quad guns,
  • 2 x 21 in (533 mm) triple torpedo tubes.
  • 1941 - 1942 configuration:
  • 10 x 5.25 in (133 mm) dual-purpose guns (5x2),
  • 5 x 20 mm (0.8 in) single guns,
  • 8 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-pom guns (2x4),
  • 6 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2x3).
Armour:
  • Original configuration:
  • Belt: 3 in (76 mm)
  • Deck: 1 in (25 mm)
  • Magazines: 2 in (51 mm)
  • Bulkheads: 1 in (25 mm)

HMS Hermione was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy, She was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons, (Glasgow, Scotland), with the keel laid down on 6 October 1937. She was launched on 18 May 1939 and commissioned 25 March 1941. On 16 June 1942, Hermione was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-205 in the Mediterranean. Eighty-seven crewmembers perished.

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Convoy, Hermione's ship's cat, sleeps in a hammock whilst members of the crew look on
The latest 20 mm Oerlikon gun on board HMS Hermione, showing a naval gunner utilising the rubber shoulder rests for high-angle firing, with the Thornycroft depth charge thrower Mark II and depth charge launching rail in the background.

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Coordinates: 33°20′N 26°00′E / 33.333°N 26.000°E / 33.333; 26.000