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HMS Arethusa (26)

Light Cruiser Warship

HMS Arethusa (26)

Light Cruiser Warship

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
SHIPS-IN-CLASS
ARMAMENT
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The lead-ship of her Arethusa-class, HMS Arethusa 26 was a pre-World War 2 cruiser design that managed to survive the upcoming conflict in full.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1935
STATUS: Decommissioned, Out-of-Service
SHIP CLASS: Arethusa-class
SHIPS-IN-CLASS (6): HMS Arethusa (26); HMS Galatea (71); HMS Penelope (97); HMS Aurora (12); HMS Minotaur; HMS Polyphemus
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OPERATORS: United Kingdom
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the base HMS Arethusa (26) design. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW / COMPLEMENT: 500
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LENGTH: 506 feet (154.23 meters)
BEAM: 51 feet (15.54 meters)
DRAUGHT: 16.5 feet (5.03 meters)
DISPLACEMENT (SURFACE): 5,300 tons
PROPULSION: 4 x Admiralty 3-drum boiler units feeding 4 x Parsons geared-steam turbines developing 64,000 horsepower to 4 x Shafts under stern.
SPEED (SURFACE): 32.25 knots (37 miles-per-hour)
RANGE: 5,301 nautical miles (6,100 miles; 9,817 kilometers)
ARMAMENT



ORIGINAL:
6 x BL 6" Mk XXIII turreted main guns in three twin-gunned mountings.
4 x 4" (102mm) Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns in four single-gunned mountings.
2 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns.
6 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes in two tripled-tubed launchers.

1941 Refit (added to existing armament suite):
8 x 2-pounder (40mm) AA guns in two quadruple-gunned mountings.
2 x UP (Unrotated Projectile) weapons (deleted 1942).
4 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns in four single-gunned mountings.

1942 Refit:
6 x 6" (152mm) turreted main guns in three twin-gunned mountings.
8 x 4" (102mm) AA guns in four twin-gunned mountings.
8 x 2-pounder (40mm) AA guns in two quadruple-gunned mountings (later increased to 11).
8 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns in single-gunned mountings.
6 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes in two triple-launcher mountings.

1944:
6 x 6" (152mm) turreted main guns in three twin-gunned mountings.
8 x 4" (102mm) AA guns in four twin-gunned mountings.
8 x 40mm Bofors AA guns in two quadruple-gunned mountings.
8 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns in single-gunned mountings.
4 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns in four twin-gunned mountings.
6 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes in two triple-tubed mountings.
AIR WING



1 x Hawker Osprey OR Fairey Seafox recoverable floatplane aircraft.






MEDIA