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HMS Danae

HMS Danae after its refit in August 1943.

The Danae or D-class was a class of light cruiser built for the Royal Navy at the end of World War I and that survived to see service in World War II. During the Second World War, the Danae-class would undergo conversions to anti-aircraft cruisers starting with HMS Delhi.

SpecificationsEdit

Original ConfigurationEdit

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1918-1946
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 472 feet 6 inches (144.02 meters)
    • Beam: 47 feet (14.33 meters)
    • Draft: 15 feet 6 inches (4.72 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,775 tons (Standard); 5,832 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 470
  • Propulsion: 6 x Yarrow-type water-tube boilers, Parsons (Brown-Curtis in Dauntless, Diomede) geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 40,000 shp
  • Range: 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 kilometers) at 27 knots (50 km/h)
  • Speed: 29 knots (53.71 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 6 x BL 6"/45-caliber Mk.XII naval guns (6x1)
    • 2 x QF 3 inch 20 cwt anti-aircraft guns (2x1)
    • 2 x QF 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns (2x1)
    • 4 x 21" triple torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Belt:
      • Forward: 2.25-inches (57.15 mm)
      • Amidships: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
      • Aft: 2.25-inches (57.15 mm)
    • Deck: 1-inch (25.4 mm)
    • Gunshields: 1-inch (25.4 mm)

1941 Refit ConfigurationEdit

  • Type: Anti-aircraft Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1942-1948
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 472 feet 6 inches (144.02 meters)
    • Beam: 47 feet (14.33 meters)
    • Draught: 16 feet 6 inches (5.03 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,775 tons (Standard); 5,832 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 470
  • Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 x Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 50,000 shp (37,500 kW)
  • Range: 7,200 nautical miles (13,334 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31.5 knots (58.34 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 291 Air Warning RDF
    • Type 293 Target Indication RDF
    • Type 285 Anti-Aircraft Fire Control RDF
  • Armament:
    • 12 x QF 4.5"/45-caliber Mk.IV dual purpose naval guns (6x2)
    • 20 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (2x4, 6x2)
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Deck: 1-inch (25.4 mm)
    • Magazines: 3-inches (76.2 mm)

Unit RunEdit

1916 War Emergency ProgramEdit

  • HMS Danae
  • HMS Dauntless
  • HMS Dragon

1917 War Emergency ProgramEdit

  • HMS Delhi
  • HMS Dunedin
  • HMS Durban

1918 War Emergency ProgramEdit

  • HMS Despatch
  • HMS Diomede
  • HMS Daedalus
  • HMS Darter
  • HMS Desperate
  • HMS Dryad

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