York Class (1930) CC

This was a single ship class of cruisers, designed to be slightly smaller and cheaper than the previous three 'County' classes, the Kent Class (1927) CC, London Class (1929) CC, and Norfolk Class (1930) CC.  In theory allowing more ships to be constructed, but as the cost saving was only 12.5% it was not significant. York was part of the 1926 construction programme.

HMS York had 2 fewer 8in guns, by deleting 'X' turret. but in other respects was similar to the County's.

Originally intended to be a class of two, financial considerations meant the other ship became HMS Exeter another single ship class of cruiser Exeter Class (1931) CC.

Despite York and Exeter being successful ships they were the last cruisers to be armed with 8in guns.


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This page last edited - 21 January, 2013.

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