County Class Cruisers by Alan Raven and John Roberts

By Alan Raven and John Roberts

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Norfolk and Suffolk. They were generally similar in that the designs usually consisted of about five colours arranged In complex patterns. All of the above four ships wearing this type altered and modified the design over a period of time. This was especially true of the Kent. Although she retained (more or less) the original pattern first applied in 1941, the colours had been completely changed by the end of 1942 and she was the only ship of the class to retain a 1941 design until placed in reserve at the end of the war.

The Dorsetshire served chiefly in the Atlantic until -- ,' If ," ',,'\ ~. mi '''~ ,, '" tt 1942, when she joined the Eastern Fleet. She was lost with the Cornwall on April 5, 1942 when attacked by Japanese dive bombers. The Norfolk served the majority of the war with the Home Fleet in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. In May 1941 together with Suffolk she located and tracked the battleship Bismarck during the early stages of the hunt for that ship and in December 1943 took part in the Battle of North Cape.

This type was only worn by one other ship in the entire Navy-the destroyer Lookout, in the same year. Unfortunately there is no information available as to whether the design was successful or not. wearin~ WI 1943 fo was nc WhethE By the spring of 1942 every ship of the class * was sporting an Admiralty design of some sort. In most cases a ship would wear two or three different patterns of official designs beginning in 1941 and ending in 1944 when the Admiralty Standard scheme was adopted. As far as is known only the Berwick wore a very light Admiralty Disruptive design intended primarily for Northern or Arctic Waters.

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