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HMS Active (1911)

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HMS Active (1911)

Class and type: Active class scout cruiser
Name: HMS Active
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Laid down: 27 July 1910
Launched: 14 March 1911
Commissioned: December 1911
Fate: Sold 21 May 1920
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,440 tons normal
4,000 tons deep load
Length: 385 ft (117.3 m) (p/p)
406 ft (123.7 m) (o/a)
Beam: 41.5 ft (12.6 m)
Draught: 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Propulsion: 12 Yarrow boilers
Parsons turbines
Four shafts
18,000 shp
Speed: 25 knots (46.3 km/h)
Range: Carried 350 tons coal (780 tons max)
190 tons fuel oil
Complement: 321-325

10 x BL 4-inch (101.6 mm) 50cal Mk VII guns (10 x 1)
One 3 in A/A gun
Four x 3 pounder (4 x 1) guns

Two x 18in Torpedo Tubes
Armour: conning tower: 4 inch
deck: 1 inch
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Active.

HMS Active was an Active class scout cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was built at Pembroke Dockyard and launched on 14 March 1911.


On commissioning, Active was assigned as leader of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla with the Harwich Force, defending the eastern approaches to the English Channel. In 1915 she was reassigned to the Grand Fleet, and on 31 May-1 June 1916 she took part in the Battle of Jutland. She survived the battle and later that year was assigned as leader of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla at Portsmouth. In 1917 she was at Queenstown and later that year was deployed in the Mediterranean. She survived the First World War and was sold for scrapping on 21 May 1920.


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