The Exeter was designed by Sir William Perry. The Exeter was to be the York's sister ship but during constructions changes were made. The bridge was not as high and there were two catapults. Additional armor was placed around the magazines.
The Exeter was ordered under the 1927 Program.
There were two aircraft that were launched by two catapults. The catapults were in fixed positions with one pointing to port and the other starboard.
8" L/50 Mk VIII
Manufacturer: Devonport Dock Yard
August 1928, August 1, 1928: Laid down.
July 18, 1929: Launched.
1930, July 27, 1931: Completed.
1931 - 1933: Member of 2nd Cruiser Squadron with the Atlantic Fleet.
1933: 2 pdr guns removed.
1934 - 1939: America and West Indies Station.
1935 - 1936: Mediterranean during Abyssinian Crisis.
1939: South Atlantic.
September 1939: South American Division.
October 1939: Member of Force G.
December 1939, December 13, 1939: Heavily damaged (hit by seven 11" shells) during Battle of the River Plate against the Admiral Graf Spee.
December 1939 - January 1940, December 16, 1939 - January 1940: Temporary repairs at Falkland Islands.
1940 - 1941: Refit. Home Fleet.
January 1940 - March 10, 1941, February 14, 1940 - March 10, 1941: Repairs and refit at Devonport. Two 2 pdr eight barrel guns added. Pole masts replaced the tripod masts.
4" single guns replaced by 4" twin mounts. Elevation of 8" guns increased to 70°.
4" HA gun removed. Four 4" HA twin mounts added.
1941: Atlantic convoy escort.
December 1941: East Indies.
1942: Eastern Fleet.
January 1942: Member of ABDA Command.
February 1942: Heavily damaged during Battle of the Java Sea. Speed reduced to 16 knots by hit from 8" shell.
Hit by cruisers Nachi and Haguro and hit by a torpedo from the Ikazuchi.
March 1, 1942: Scuttled off Bawean Islands. Sunk.
Sunk by cruisers Myoko and Ashigara.
Sunk by Japanese destroyer.