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hms calliope Calliope Class.  Modified Caroline class introducing geared turbines allowing higher speeds and a more efficient boiler layout and the reduction in the number of funnels to two.  The two ships had different machinery types for comparative purposes.

HMS Calliope
Built Chatham Dockyard, laid down January 1914, completed June 1916.

HMS Champion
Built Hawthorn Leslie, laid down March 1914, completed December 1915.

Length 420 feet pp 446 feet overall, beam 41 feet 6 inches, draught 14 feet 9 inches, displacement 4,228 tons normal 4,695 tons deep load.

4 shaft Parsons turbines, 37,500 shp, 29.5 knots
Champion 2 shaft, 40,000shp, 29 knots

4-1.5in belt, 1in decks

2 x 6in 45cal Mk XII (2 x 1), 8 x 4in 45cal Mk IV (8 x 1), 1 x 13 pounder, 2 x 21in TT

Crew 368.

World War 1 Service:

4th Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
19 March 1916 Major boiler room fire.
31 May-1 June 1916 Took part in the Battle of Jutland.
1 September 1917 Involved in sinking of four German trawlers.
1931 Sold for scrap.

Leader 13 Destroyer Flotilla Grand Fleet.
31 May-1 June 1916 Took part in the Battle of Jutland.
1934 sold for scrap.

HMS Champion.  This pair underwent similar gun armament modifications to the Caroline class. The class had underwater tubes rather than the deck mounted weapons of the Caroline class and were given 2 twin deck mounted torpedo tubes during the war but these were later removed to reduce top weight. hms champion

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