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HMS Arethusa (26)


Light Cruiser Warship (1935)


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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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Specifications



Service Year
1935

Origin
United Kingdom national flag graphic
United Kingdom

Status
DECOMMISSIONED
Destroyed, Scrapped.
Complement
500
PERSONNEL


Class
Arethusa-class
Number-in-Class
6
VESSELS
Ships-in-Class


HMS Arethusa (26); HMS Galatea (71); HMS Penelope (97); HMS Aurora (12); HMS Minotaur; HMS Polyphemus


National flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Land-Attack
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.


Length
506.0 ft
154.23 m
Beam
51.0 ft
15.54 m
Draught
16.5 ft
5.03 m
Displacement
5,300
tons


Installed Power: 4 x Admiralty 3-drum boiler units feeding 4 x Parsons geared-steam turbines developing 64,000 horsepower to 4 x Shafts under stern.
Surface Speed
32.3 kts
(37.1 mph)
Range
5,301 nm
(6,100 mi | 9,817 km)


kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
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.


Supported Types


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