De Ruyter, Dutch Light Cruiser

Photograph of De Ruyter

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Tonnage 6450 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 560'4" by 51'6" by 16'8"
170.79m by 15.70m by 5.08m
Maximum speed       32 knots
Complement 435
Aircraft 1 catapult
2 seaplanes
Armament 6x2, 1x1 5.9"/50 guns
5x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
8 0.50 machine guns
Protection 2" (50mm) belt
1.25" (30mm) bulkheads
1.25" (30mm) deck
2"/1.25" (50mm/30mm) turret face/other aspects
1.25" (30mm) barbettes
1.25" (30mm) conning tower
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (66,000 shp)
6 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 1300 tons fuel oil
Range 6800 nautical miles (12,600km) at 12 knots

The De Ruyter was completed in 1936 and was intended to serve as the flagship of a Netherlands East Indies squadron to defend the area against Japan. Designed under severe financial limitations, she was rather light on firepower and protection, but she did have better light antiaircraft armament than most cruisers of her day. However, the antiaircraft guns were grouped too closely and had poor arcs of fire. She used some welding and light alloys as weight-saving measures and had good subdivision. Construction took place in a dry dock because of lack of facilities at the yard (Wilton-Fijenoord.)

She was at sea when war broke out, and was lost at the Battle of the Java Sea.


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