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The Rhiannon-class Light Cruiser were the proudest and almost legendary vessels of the SDF-Navy under the Naval Armament Program of 1922. Being the first larger vessels built in the Free Lands, these ships were planned as escorts, merchant raiders and flagships, with SDFS Rhiannon serving as flagship of the SDF-Navy until 1996 before being replaced by the Rhiannon-I-class Frigates.

In reaction to these ships and the Maighdean-class Cruiser Proposals (even though they fell through), the Lutetiian Navy laid down the nine units of the Fulmine-class Battlecruiser and the eighteen units of the Folgore-class Heavy Cruiser.

The Ships

Female Group - Rhiannon Subclass

SDFS Rhiannon

Commissioned in 1928.

SDFS Carman Fea

Commissioned in 1928.

SDFS Abhcan

Commissioned in 1928.

Male Group - Lodan Lir Subclass

SDFS Lodan Lir

Commissioned in 1930. Sunk in 1983, by Lutettiian air attack in the opening hours of the Second Vellenge War.

SDFS Ladra

Commissioned in 1930.

SDFS Gavida

Commissioned in 1931.

Third Group

When the plans for the initial Maighdean-class Cruiser Proposals fell through due to budget constraints, there were short thoughts about building a third group of Rhiannon-class Light Cruisers, but that was not seen through and in 1931, nine units of the Cailleach-class Light Cruiser were ordered.

Technical Data

Female Group

Upon Comissioning

  • Displacement: 7,200 tons
  • Length (overall): 170 m
  • Width: 15 m
  • Draught: 6.2 m
  • Propulsion: 3 shafts, 70,000 shp max.
  • Speed: 34.4 knots max.
  • Complement: 412 officers and men
  • Armament: 6x 135mm guns in three double turrets, 4x 40mm AA-guns, 12x 533mm torpedo tubes (4 triple packs), 120 naval mines.
  • Armour: Belt 30 mm, Deck 25 mm, Conning tower 50 mm

First Service Upgrade

Triple turrets 135mm, Degaussing Coil, experimental helicopter platform, +4x 40mm AA guns, +6x Gabha G-36 20mm Guns, speed down to 32.5 knots

Second Service Upgrade

Third Service Upgrade

Male Group

Upon Comissioning

  • Displacement: 7,200 tons
  • Length (overall): 170 m
  • Width: 15 m
  • Draught: 6.2 m
  • Propulsion: 3 shafts, 70,000 shp max.
  • Speed: 34.4 knots max.
  • Complement: 412 officers and men
  • Armour: Belt 30 mm, Deck 25 mm, Conning tower 50 mm
  • Sensors: Sonar.

First Service Upgrade

Triple turrets, Radar, additional 40mm AA guns, additional AA-rocket launchers, triple turrets.

Second Service Upgrade

Better radar, AShMs, SAMs, new diesel engines.

Third Service Upgrade

Auxilliary Patrol Vessel Tender and Helicopter Carrier.

KanColle-RPs

Of Ships and Girls and Shipgirls

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Shipgirl SDFS Rhiannon, Rhiannon-class Light Cruiser, as she appears in Of Ships and Girls and Shipgirls.

SDFS Rhiannon makes an appearance as a shipgirl, starting out as a "7,000 tons paperweight", as she called it, the only one

Trivia

The Rhiannon-class is, in part, based on the German Köln-class Light Cruisers.

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