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Birmingham

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassTown-class Light Cruiser
Builder NameDevonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, Britain
Laid Down18 Jul 1935
Launched1 Sep 1936
Commissioned18 Nov 1937
Displacement9,100 tons standard; 11,350 tons full
Length558 feet
Beam62 feet
Draft21 feet
MachineryFour-shaft Parsons geared turbines, four Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Power Output75,000 SHP
Speed32 knots
Crew748
Armament4x3x6in guns, 4x2x4in guns, 4x3pdr, 2x4x2pdr, 6x21in torpedo tubes

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Birmingham Operational Timeline

18 Nov 1937 Birmingham was commissioned into service.
21 Oct 1938 Before dawn, HMS Birmingham sailed along the coast of Gulangyu island, an international zone, near Xiamen, China. At 0800 hours, she sailed into Xiamen harbor between four columns of Japanese war ships by surprise; Birmingham's crew was able to take photographs of classified Japanese naval equipment such as fire controls and radar antennae before the Japanese crew was able to cover them up. At 1100 hours, Birmingham set sail for Hong Kong.
16 May 1939 HMS Birmingham arrived at Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China in response to the arrival of a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force detachment nearby. She disembarked a contingent of sailors and marines.
26 May 1939 HMS Birmingham departed Xiamen, China with Vice Admiral Percy Noble aboard.
22 Apr 1941 Light cruiser HMS Birmingham arrived at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom at 0602 hours after completing escort duties which began on 8 Feb.

Photographs

French cruiser La Motte-Picquet at Shanghai, China, late May or early Jun 1939; note HMS Birmingham ahead of  La Motte-Picquet, USS Chaumont aft of La Motte-PicquetHMS Birmingham at Shanghai, China,  late May or early Jun 1939




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French cruiser La Motte-Picquet at Shanghai, China, late May or early Jun 1939; note HMS Birmingham ahead of  La Motte-Picquet, USS Chaumont aft of La Motte-Picquet
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