Monday, 5 December 2016

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

Built at El Ferrol between 1917 and 1924. The design was similar to the British C-class Light Cruisers.

Cruiser Mendez Nunez.
Ship's characteristics:
  • Displacement: 4,650 tons normal
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 462’ (140.8m)
    • Beam: 46’ (14m)
    • Draught: 15’ 6” (4.7m)
  • Maximum Speed: 29 knots
  • Armour: Belt: 3” to 1.25” (76mm to 32mm); Deck: 1” (25mm)
  • Armament: 6 x 6” (152mm) (6 x 1); 4 x 3 pdr (47mm) Anti-Aircraft Guns (4 x 1); 12 x 21” (533mm) Torpedo Tubes (4 x 3)
  • Complement: 343
Mendez Nunez served in the Republican Navy. She survived the Civil War, and was re-built as an Anti-Aircraft Cruiser (1944-47). She was finally stricken and broken-up in the 1960’s.
(Her sister ship Blas de Lezo sank in 1932 as a result of an accident.)

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