The design of the Kent class was to fall within Naval Treaty limitations. Sir Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt was the designer.
There was a catapult for the aircraft behind the funnels.
On December 25, 1940, the HMS Berwick was escorting convoy WS5a northwest of the Azores. German KMS Admiral Hipper attacked and damaged the HMS Berwick with an 8" shell. She was able to return to Britain for repairs.