County-class Cruiser

A profile image of the County-class cruiser HMS Fife.

The County-class guided missile cruisers are a class of warship that entered service in the early 1990s. The are based on the abortive Indefatigable-class nuclear cruisers.

The County-class was ordered in 1978 as part of the general rebuilding of the conventional Royal Navy. Laid down in 1988 and entering service in 1990, thirteen ships were built (ten for the Royal Navy and three for the Royal Indian Navy). As a cost-cutting measure, the first two vessels (HMS London and HMS Norwich) were built using the hulls of the cancelled Indefatigable-class nuclear cruisers.


  • Type: Guided Missile Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1990-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 567.5 feet (172.97 meters)
    • Beam: 60 feet (18.29 meters)
    • Draft: 34 feet (10.36 meters)
    • Displacement: 10,752 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 400
  • Propulsion: 4 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 2 x shafts, 112,000 shp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 986 Phased Array RDF
    • Type 996 Mod 1 E/F-band Surface Search RDF
    • Type 1006 I-band Navigation RDF
    • Type 1022 D-band Air Search RDF
    • Type 911 Fire Control RDF x 2
    • Type 2050 Bow ASDIC
    • Type 2031Z towed array ASDIC
    • Command System DNA(1)
  • Countermeasures:
    • Sea Gnat Decoy System
    • Type 182 Towed Torpedo Decoys
    • Scorpion Electronic Counter Measures
    • UAF-1 ESM Jammer
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 155mm/52-caliber Mk.IV naval guns
    • 2 x 64-cell VLS (fires Garfish and Sea Ceptor AAMs, Storm Wind cruise missiles, and VL-Orca ASW Missiles)
    • 2 x 4-cannister Broadsword AShM Launchers
    • 3 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Agusta-Westland Merlin or 2 x Westland Wildcat
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight Deck with Beartrap and Enclosed hangar

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

  • HMS London
  • HMS Norwich
  • HMS Shropshire
  • HMS Dover
  • HMS Northumberland
  • HMS Rosyth
  • HMS Clyde
  • HMS Surrey
  • HMS Fife
  • HMS Berwick

Royal Indian NavyEdit

  • HMIS Hindustan
  • HMIS Karsaz
  • HMIS Indus

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