Cruiser FAQs:

Q: Is a cruiser a type of warship?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers lost to enemy action?

A: Yes, and mostly to air attack and submarines, in operations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean.

Q: Were cruisers large vessels equipped with heavy offensive missiles for wide-ranging combat against land-based and sea-based targets?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers still built with masts for a full sailing rig?

A: Yes, and to enable them to operate far from friendly coaling stations.

Q: Are cruisers weak?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cruisers also outfitted with many sensors and communications equipment?

A: Yes, and allowing them to lead the fleet.

Q: Are cruisers the preserved HMS Belfast?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a cruiser a type of cruiser designed for long range?

A: Yes, and high speed and an armament of naval guns around 203 mm in calibre.

Q: Were cruisers used to fill gaps in their long-range lines or provide escort for other cargo ships?

A: Yes, although they generally proved to be useless in this role because of their low speed, feeble firepower and lack of armor.

Q: Were cruisers more extensively converted as the Albany class?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers built in 1915?

A: Yes, although it only became a widespread classification following the London Naval Treaty in 1930.

Q: Was a cruiser armed with 24-inch torpedoes, larger than any other cruisers'?

A: Yes, By 1933 Japan had developed the Type 93 torpedo for these ships, eventually nicknamed "Long Lance" by the Allies.

Q: Was a cruiser the British Dido class?

A: Yes, and completed shortly before the beginning of World War II.

Q: Was a cruiser the Russian General-Admiral?

A: Yes, and completed in 1874, and followed by the British Shannon a few years later.

Q: Were cruisers built upon destroyer-style hulls?

A: Yes, As the U.S. Navy's strike role was centered around aircraft carriers, cruisers were primarily designed to provide air defense while often adding anti-submarine capabilities.

Q: Were cruisers tasked with air defense roles?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers built specifically to act as the leaders of flotillas of destroyers?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers deployed in the Atlantic?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a cruiser a merchant ship hastily armed with small guns on the outbreak of war?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a cruiser a major contrast to their contemporaries, Soviet "rocket cruisers" that were armed with large numbers of anti-ship cruise missiles as part of the combat doctrine of saturation attack, though in the early 1980s the U.S?

A: Yes, Navy retrofitted some of these existing cruisers to carry a small number of Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Q: Were cruisers now classified?

A: Yes, and along with dreadnought battleships, as capital ships.

Q: Was a cruiser sunk and three others heavily damaged?

A: Yes, and with the bows blown off of two of them.

Q: Were cruisers built without torpedoes?

A: Yes, and torpedoes were removed from older heavy cruisers due to the perceived hazard of their being exploded by shell fire.

Q: Are cruisers used for command purposes?

A: Yes, as Pyotr Velikiy is the flagship of the Northern Fleet.

Q: Were cruisers in many cases larger and more expensive than contemporary battleships?

A: Yes, and due to their much-larger propulsion plants.

Q: Were cruisers ideal for commerce raiding?

A: Yes, while the torpedo boat would be able to destroy an enemy battleship fleet.

Q: Was a cruiser developed?

A: Yes, and the distinction between the armored and the unarmored cruiser finally disappeared.

Q: Were cruisers lost on the 13th?

A: Yes, and one torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, and the other sank on the way to repairs.

Q: Was a cruiser the Chilean ship Esmeralda?

A: Yes, and launched in 1883.

Q: Was a cruiser damaged by a nighttime air attack shortly before the battle?

A: Yes, it is likely that Allied airborne radar had progressed far enough to allow night operations.

Q: Was a cruiser one with guns of more than 6.1-inch calibre?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers rare following World War II?

A: Yes.

Q: Were cruisers the heavy units on their side of the numerous surface engagements of the Dutch East Indies campaign, the Guadalcanal Campaign, and subsequent Solomon Islands fighting?

A: Yes, they were usually opposed by strong Japanese cruiser-led forces equipped with Long Lance torpedoes.

Q: Was a cruiser the sloop?

A: Yes, but many other miscellaneous types of ship were used as well.

Q: Were cruisers loaded mainly with high explosive shells?

A: Yes, although a significant number of armor-piercing shells were also loaded.

Q: Were cruisers heavily damaged?

A: Yes, and with the New Zealand cruiser put out of action for 25 months by a Long Lance hit.