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Ajax 1935 - 1949 Itinerary

This document is a scanned replica of a document held within the Association's archives. Its source is unknown but contains some comments by previous Association Officers

HMS Ajax Cruiser particulars
Displacement (as built) light: 7,259 tons 1/2 oil 8,626 tons
½ oil: 8,626 tons
deep: 9,512 tons
Displacement (Oct 1942) light: 7,379 tons
½ oil: 8,768 tons
deep: 9,653 tons
By Oct 1945 full load displacement recorded as 9,650 tons
Dimensions Length: 522ft (pp) 554ft (oa)
Beam: 56ft
Machinery 6 Admiralty 3-drum boilers; 4 sets of Parsons impulse/reaction turbines;
single-reduction geared turbines; 4 shafts;
72,000 shp = 32½ knots (31 knots full load)
Oil Fuel 1,800 tons
Endurance 10.300 miles @ 12 knots;
6,300 miles @ 20 knots
2,200 miles at maximum continuous sea speed
Armour and protective Crowns to magazine: 2 inches NC
plating Sides to magazine: 3.5 inches NC
Crowns to engine rooms: 1.25 inches DI
Sides to engine rooms: 3 inches NC in 1 inch DI
Crowns to boiler rooms: 1.25 inches DI
Sides to boiler rooms: 3 inches NC on 1 inch DI
Turret roofs: 1 inch NC
Complement 570 (as private ship)
Armament Eight 6 inch Mk XXIII on four twin Mk XVI mountings (200 rpg)
Four 4 inch MkV on four single Mk IV mountings (250 rpg)
Three 0.5 inch on quadruple Mk II mountings
Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes on two quadruple mountings QR IV
Fire control equipment One director control tower (for 6 inch guns) and one HACS Mk III
(for 4 inch guns) on bridge

Some archive papers, undated, shows the following information:
6,840 tons ~ 680 crew increased eventually to 840
2x Seafox aircraft. Main armament (in addition to above) ~ 1941, captured Italian 'Breda' 20mm cannon and later in 1943 with 40mm 'Bofors@ AA guns ~ 2x quadruple Whitehead 21" Mk8 torpedoes.

Ajax was decommissioned in February 1948 and initially intended to be sold to the Chilean Navy but this deal did not take place as Winston Churchill thought that the history of such an important vessel would be better preserved by being broken up. She ended up at Cashmore Ship Breakers in Newport, South Wales, on 18 November 1949.