Allied Warships

Light cruisers

Carlisle class

5 ships

The light cruiser HMS Carlisle (D 67) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

TypeLight cruiser
Displacement4290 BRT 
Length451.5 feet (oa) 
Complement400 men 
ArmamentAs designed;
5 6" guns (5x1)
2 3" AA (2x1)
2 2pdr AA (2x1)
8 21" torpedo tubes (4x2)

Cairo, Calcutta and Carlisle as rearmed;
8 4" AA guns (4x2),
4 2pdr AA (1x4)
8 .5" AA (2x4) 

Max speed29 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power40000 HP 
Notes on class

Repeat of the Ceres-class but given trawler bows as a result of the previous classes being very "wet" forward.

Cairo and Calcutta were rearmed as Anti-Aircraft cruisers shortly before the war. Carlisle was undergoing this reconstruction when the war broke out. Colombo was reconstructed during 1942/1943 for her new armament see her page.


All ships of the Carlisle class

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HMS Cairo (D 87) Lost on 12 Aug 1942
HMS Calcutta (D 82) Lost on 1 Jun 1941
HMS Capetown (D 88)
HMS Carlisle (D 67)
HMS Colombo (D 89)

5 Light cruisers of the Carlisle class. 2 of them were lost.

Full wartime service history on this vessel.

See all Light cruiser classes.

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