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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 8:51 p.m. PST

"While considering the various existing Neptune-class cruiser designs at the end of the WWII, the Directorate of Naval Construction of the British Admiralty came to the conclusion that the firepower of 114 mm guns used as the ship's dual-purpose artillery was obviously not enough, and that new cruisers should be designed to carry 152 mm dual-purpose guns.

Six-barreled Bofors mounts were considered for the AA artillery, but the Naval Ordnance Department insisted on increasing the small caliber artillery to 76 mm. The reason behind this was a gradual increase in both the weight of potential enemy aircraft, as well as their speed. Another reason was the assumption that their potential enemy could have anti-ship missiles within their arsenal. Larger dimensions of artillery mounts led to an excessive increase of the standard water displacement of the designed cruiser, reaching 15,500 tons with a ship length of 174 meters…"

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 9:23 a.m. PST

Like many of the end of war designs she would have been a beautiful and efficient vessel similar to the USS Rochester.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 12:21 p.m. PST

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