HMS Arethusa

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HMS Arethusa (26), 1943
General characteristics
623 peopleCrew
6665 tDisplacement
7Number of section
25 / 25 / 25 mmMain fire tower armor
25 / 57 / 25 mmCitadel armor
19 mm (steel)Hull armor
10 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 x 6 inch/50 BL Mark XXIII cannon3 x Turret
400 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 60°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 4 inch/45 Mark XVI cannon4 x Turret
400 roundsAmmunition
Anti-aircraft armament
4 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 2 gun2 x Turret
8000 roundsAmmunition
4 roundsBelt capacity
156 shots/minFire rate
2 x 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark V autocannon4 x Turret
3600 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon5 x Turret
1800 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
6 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.V torpedoSetup 1
120000 Rp icon.pngResearch
360000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/6900 / 8970/4900 / 6370Repair
100000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
360000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1400 Ge icon.pngAces
184 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage HMS Arethusa.jpg

The HMS Arethusa (26), 1943 is a rank IV British cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.V (533 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 6 inch CPBC 4 inch SAP Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 6 inch HE-TF 4 inch HE-TF Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder 4 inch HE-VT Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting 6 inch HE-VT Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons

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The development of the Arethusa-class light cruisers began because their predecessors - type Leander ships, were not very suitable for fleet operations at sea nor as a lead destroyer. Type Leander cruisers didn’t have the maneuverability to be leaders, nor did they meet the minimum silhouette requirements for night operations. British engineers had to create a new, lighter, and more maneuverable ship based on the Leander.

The result of this endeavour was the creation of the Arethusa-class in the early 1930s - a light cruiser design based on the Leander-class, with reductions in firepower, protection and other aspects to accomodate for weight savings. The design was soon approved for construction, with six ships being initially ordered, although five were actually built in the end.

HMS Arethusa, the lead ship of her class, was laid down in January 1933, being commissioned in May 1935. Upon her completion, HMS Arethusa was immediately assigned to the Mediterranean, where she would also witness the outbreak of WWII in September 1939. Early in the war, HMS Arethusa operated off the coast of Norway, assisted in the evacuation of troops from France in 1940 and protected numerous Allied convoys in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Later in the war, in 1942, HMS Arethusa suffered heavy damages as a result of an airborne torpedo attack by axis forces, knocking the ship out of action for almost 2 years before finally being repaired in the US. Arethusa’s final major operation of WWII were the Allied landings in Normandy in 1944. HMS Arethusa was put in reserve in the immediate postwar years and was later scrapped in May 1950.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Britain light cruisers
Emerald-class  HMS Enterprise
Dido-class  HMS Dido
Arethusa-class  HMS Arethusa
Leander-class  HMNZS Leander
Town-class  HMS Belfast · HMS Southampton
Tiger-class  HMS Tiger