Sunday, 11 December 2016

Ships of the Nationalist and Republican Navies during the Spanish Civil War: Republica-class Cruiser

Built at El Ferrol between 1915 and 1923. The design was based upon the British Birmingham-class Light Cruisers. Republica was originally named Reina Victoria Eugenia.

Cruiser Republica as rebuilt as the Navarra.
Ship's characteristics:
  • Displacement: 5,502 tons normal
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 462’ (140.8m)
    • Beam: 49’ 8” (15.1m)
    • Draught: 15’ 9” (4.8m)
  • Speed: 25.5 knots
  • Armour: Belt: 3” to 1.25” (76mm to 32mm); Deck: 1” (25mm)
  • Armament: 9 x 6” (152mm) (9 x 1); 4 x 3 pdr (47mm) Anti-Aircraft Guns (4 x 1); 4 x 21” (533mm) Torpedo Tubes (2 x 2)
  • Complement: 404
Republica served in the Nationalist Navy. She was re-built and modernised (1937-38) and renamed Navarra. She survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in 1956.

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