York Class (1930) CC
was a single ship class of cruisers, designed to be slightly smaller and cheaper than
the previous three 'County' classes, the
Kent Class (1927) CC,
London Class (1929) CC, and
Norfolk Class (1930) CC.
In theory allowing more ships to be constructed, but as the cost saving was
only 12.5% it was not significant. York was part of the 1926 construction
HMS York had 2 fewer 8in guns, by deleting 'X' turret. but in other respects was similar to the County's.
Originally intended to be a class of two, financial considerations meant the other ship became HMS Exeter another single ship class of cruiser Exeter Class (1931) CC.
Despite York and Exeter being successful ships they were the last cruisers to be armed with 8in guns.
This page last edited -
21 January, 2013.
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