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HMS Arethusa 1942

HMS Arethusa (C26), the lead ship of the Arethusa-class light cruisers in April 1942.

The Arethusa-class was a class of six light cruisers built for the Royal Navy between 1933 and 1937 and that served in World War II. The Arethusa-class was followed up with the 9,100 ton Town-class light cruisers.

Two Arethusa-class light cruisers were built for the Royal Canadian Navy and entered service in 1937. In 1948 the Republic of China purchased the HMS Aurora and renamed it the ROCS Chung King.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1934-19XX
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 506 feet (154.23 meters)
    • Beam: 51 feet (15.55 meters)
    • Draft: 16 feet 6 inches (5.03 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,220 tons (Standard); 6,715 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 500
  • Fuel: 1,325 tons of fuel
  • Propulsion: 4 x Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 4 x shafts, 64,000 shp (48,000 kW)
  • Range: 5,300 nautical miles (9,815.6 km) at 13 knots (24.08 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.25 knots (59.23 km/h)
  • Armament
    • 6 x BL 6"/50-caliber Mk.XXIII naval guns on twin mounts
    • 8 x QF 4"/45-caliber Mk.XVI naval guns on twin mounts
    • 8 x 0.5"-caliber Mk.III Vickers machine guns on quad mounts
    • 6 x 21" torpedo tubes
  • Armour
    • 3" magazine box protection
    • 2.25" belt armour
    • 1" on decks, turrets, and bulkheads

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

  • HMS Arethusa (C26)
  • HMS Galatea (C71)
  • HMS Aurora (C12) - sold to Republic of China, renamed ROCS Chung King
  • HMS Penelope (C97)
  • HMS Minotaur (C41)
  • HMS Polyphemus (C77)

Royal Canadian NavyEdit

  • HMCS Sedna (C64)
  • HMCS Aulanerk (C65)

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