Worcester class with triple turrets.

JFC Fuller

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The Worcester class were laid down for the USN at the very end of WW2 and ultimately only two entered service. Conceptually they were very similar the 6 inch cruisers being considered for the RN at the time in that they carried rapid firing DP guns. The ships had a rather awkward layout of 6 centre line turrets producing a very long vessel whilst only two of the turrets were super firing.

However, Navweaps makes reference to a planned development using an improved gun design similar to the 8 inch used on the Des Moines class in triple turrets that would have offered a higher RoF. Had this been adopted in a 4 turret configuration it woud have solved a number of issues.


Does anybody have any further information, details, or even better pictures?

Thank you in advance sealordlawrence.


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Conway's Warship number 14 (April 1980) has an excellent article on the troubled development of the Worcester class and its weapons written by Norman Friedman.

This article is also in the combined volume for 1980 Warship IV.

This article is an excellent example of the problems of conflicting requirements of a design including that of size and cost.

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