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Type: CL
Class: CAROLINE - six in class
Builder: Swan Hunter
Completed: January, 1915
Displacement: 4,219 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

446' x 41' 6" x 16'

Belt: 1" - 3"
Deck: 1"
CT: 6"
Machinery: 4-shaft Parsons independent reduction turbines; 8 Yarrow boilers; 40,000shp.  Oil:  916 tons
Speed: 28.5 knots
2 6" / 45 cal. 2x1
8 4" / 45 cal. QF 8x1
1 13-pdr. (76mm) AA 1x1
4 3-pdr. (47mm) 4x1
4 21" TT 2x2
Compliment: 301






Notes:  The CAROLINE class were an improvement on the preceding ARETHUSA class.  They were ten feet longer, and with nearly three feet more beam, they were more stable gun platforms.  One of the 4" guns was moved atop the after deckhouse, superimposed over the aft 6" gun, and an extra pair of 4" guns was mounted on the forecastle. COMUS joined the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron in May, 1915.  She took part in sinking of the German raider GRIEF on 29 February 1916.  COMUS was present at Jutland on 31 May 1916, but saw no significant action.  Her forward pair of 4" mounts (generally found to be useless) were replace by a single 6" mount ca. 1916.  A fourth 6" abaft the funnels at forecastle deck level a year later -- at the same time, the remaining 4" guns were removed and four more 21" TT (in twin mounts) were added.  In early 1918, COMUS was fitted with a forecastle runway for launching monoplanes; this was removed in late 1918.  She was also fitted with High Speed Sweeps (explosive paravanes) for use against U-boats.  Following the end of World War I, COMUS was grossly overweight and subsequently lightened by removing after control platform and all searchlights.  She joined the 1st LCS in 1919 before being refitted at Rosyth.  COMUS was decommissioned in October, 1919 for 4th LCS and served in East Indies until June, 1923.  She was refitted at Portsmouth, November, 1922 - July, 1923.  COMUS was attached to 3rd LCS in Mediterranean until December, 1924.  She joined the Nore Reserve until commissioned for 2nd LCS, Atlantic Fleet in September, 1925.  In May, 1930, COMUS was relieved by NORFOLK and went into Reserve at Devonport until December, 1933.  COMUS was paid off into dockyard control at Devonport in December, 1933, and sold for breaking up in July, 1934.



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