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FIJI

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: CL
Class: FIJI -- eleven ships in class
Builder: John Brown
Commissioned: May, 1940
Displacement: 8,530 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

555' 6" x 62' x 19' 10"
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt: 3.25" - 3.5"
Bulkheads: 1.5" - 2"
Turrets: 1" - 2"
CT: 4"
Machinery: 4-shaft Parsons turbines; 4 Admiralty three-drum boilers; 72,500shp.  Oil:  1,700 tons.
Speed: 31.5 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
12 6" / 50 cal. 4x3
8 4" / 45 cal. QF 4x2
8 2-pdr. "pom-poms" 2x4
6 21" TT 2x3
2 aircraft
Compliment: 920

 

 

Sister ships:  BERMUDA, CEYLON, GAMBIA, JAMAICA, KENYA, MAURITIUS, NEWFOUNDLAND, NIGERIA, TRINIDAD, UGANDA

 

 

Pennant Number:  58

 

 

Notes:   The ships of the FIJI class (also known as the "COLONY class") were more compact than the preceding British 6" cruisers, and in October, 1941, the Admiralty considered them to be the best pattern for future cruisers.  The after turrets were mounted one deck lower than the EDINBURGH class, and the ammunition supply was much improved.  The FIJI class were the first British cruisers built with a transom stern.  Tactical diameter was 750 yards at 14 knots.  While considered quite seaworthy, the class were "wet" ships in anything more than calm weather.

 

FIJI served with Home Fleet, 1940-41.  On 1 September 1940, she was hit by a torpedo from U-32, which flooded the forward boiler room; repairs took six months.  She was transferred to Mediterranean Fleet in March, 1941.  On 22 May 1941, while defending Crete against invading German forces, FIJI came under air attack by Luftwaffe Stuka dive bombers; during the attack, she expended nearly all of her "live" ammunition and had to fire practice rounds in her defense.  FIJI  took one bomb direct hit and three near-misses; two of the latter caused the forward engine and boiler rooms to flood rapidly.  She took on a heavy list, capsized and sank within five hours.

 

Pictures

argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_01.jpg (15444 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_201.jpg (13571 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_202.jpg (13273 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_203.jpg (13549 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_204.jpg (12980 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
argonaut_1167a_fiji_cl_1940_-_205.jpg (20815 bytes) Argonaut 1167a
neptun_1140_nigeria_cl_1941_-_00.jpg (24640 bytes)

Neptun 1140

(as NIGERIA)

scratchbuilt_fiji_cl_1941_by_john_youngerman_-_01.jpg (24069 bytes) Scratchbuilt by John Youngerman