HMS Exeter '39

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Famous for its part in the Battle of the River Plate, the Exeter was seriously damaged in that engagement but its 8-inch guns were a vital part of the British response in that battle.

A product of the Washington Treaty that restricted the number of vessels a navy could have above 10,000 tons, the York-class fulfilled cruiser duties required by a navy whose responsibilities stretched across the globe.  The York took part in the Norwegian campaign but was later sunk by Italian motor boats in the Mediterranean.  The Exeter, famously, took part in the Battle of the River Plate but was seriously damaged in the engagement.  It was later repaired and took part in the Battle of the Java Sea but was soon sunk after by Japanese gunfire and torpedoes.

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