HMS Arethusa


This class of eight cruisers was designed for fleet operations in the North Sea. They are smaller, faster and less heavily armed than the preceding Town class, and are also the first class of light cruiser to be exclusively oil-fired. The artillery armament has been downgraded, but the torpedo tubes were doubled. One Sopwith Camel plane can be carried.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 777

Basic damage control capacity: 107%


Displacement: 3750 tons

Length: 133 m

Width: 12 m

Draught: 5 m

Standard crew: 279


Maximum speed (undamaged): 28 knots

Endurance: 12230 km

Coal capacity: 875 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 6

Hull armour: 1

Main belt armour: 3

Deck armour: 1

Best armour type: Steel


2 x 6in BL Mk XII(PVII), centrally controlled. Ammo: 300 rounds

6 x 4in QF Mk V, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1200 rounds

1 x 12-pdr 20cwt HA Mk I, locally controlled. Ammo: 200 rounds

4 x 21in Mk II(M) Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 8 torpedoes

Ships in classEdit

  • Arethusa
  • Aurora
  • Galatea
  • Inconstant
  • Penelope
  • Phaeton
  • Royalist
  • Undaunted

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