De Zeven Provinciën Class Light Cruiser (1960) 2021-10-05

Dutch Coldwar Light Cruiser

  1. Delta_Strife
    Designing of ships intended for replacement of obsolete Java class light cruisers, has begun in 1930. As a design basis De Ruyter has been chosen , from which new cruiser should differ by increased on 30% displacement, strengthened protection and increase of main guns number to 10. It was originally planed to laid two ships in 1940, but means for building have been approved by parliament in 1937 and have started to be assigned next year. The order was given out to Wilton-Fijenoord, however as on it one slipway of the eligible size was free only, the second cruiser was re-ordered to Rotterdam Droogdock Mij.

    It was originally planned to arm a cruiser by usual 150mm/50 guns, but then new 152mm/53 guns have been chosen, the order for designing have given out to Swedish Bofors. They should take places in four turrets arranged under superfiring scheme, with triple end turrets and twin superfiring ones. The maximum elevation angle of guns reached 60°, that on a plan could ensure shooting possibility on air targets. Thanks to last circumstance, designers have refused again an antiaircraft artillery of secondary calibre, having limited by 6 twin 40mm/56 Bofors guns. Fire control was provided by three directors: one with 6m and two with 4m rangefinders. Hangar was not provided.

    Incomplete Eendracht and De Zeven Provinciën (actually, only hulls) in May, 1940 were captured on slipways by Germans, renamed KH2 and KH1 respectively and scheduled to completion after hostilities end. Hull of KH1 24.12.1944 was launched to scuttle on Rotterdam fairway, however this plan was never realised. After war both hulls were returned to the Netherlands. The artillery ordered in Sweden was installed on Swedish Tre Kronor class cruisers with new automatic loading.

    In 1947 the decision on completion of the ships under the changed design was accepted, thus Eendracht was renamed De Zeven Provinciën, and De Zeven Provinciën was renamed De Ruyter.

    Ships received 8 152mm automatic radar-controlled DP guns and 8 new 57mm AA guns in twin quick revolving triaxially stabilised turrets. Machinery was re-arranged under unit system: now machinery was divided into two independent units each consisting of a boiler room and engine room. As result cruisers received second funnel and two huge lattice masts for accommodation of new antennas. Superstructure was increased in twice and reconstructed. Also ships received new damage control systems, ventilation systems, new electrical plant (with AC instead of DC) and many other features.

    The file contains all the sounds and pcx files. Model is not my own creation. Wyrmshadow provided the animation files and Ares de Borg did the sounds. I merely put the pieces together and cleaned up the model for CivIII and added some what if pieces. A big thanks to everyone that helped out!

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