HMS Dido

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HMS Dido (37), 1941
General characteristics
530 peopleCrew
6850 tDisplacement
8Number of section
25 / 25 / 25 mmMain fire tower armor
25 / 76 / 25 mmCitadel armor
25 mm (steel)Hull armor
8 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 x 5.25 inch/50 QF Mark I cannon3 x Turret
360 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 70°Vertical guidance
2 x 5.25 inch/50 QF Mark I cannonTurret
300 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 70°Vertical guidance
2 x 5.25 inch/50 QF Mark I cannonTurret
320 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 70°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
4 x 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.VIII automatic cannon2 x Turret
8960 roundsAmmunition
56 roundsBelt capacity
200 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon5 x Turret
1800 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
6 x 533 mm Mk.IX wet-heater torpedoSetup 1
120000 Rp icon.pngResearch
360000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/5060 / 6583/4090 / 5321Repair
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 Dido.jpg

The HMS Dido (37), 1941 is a Rank IV British light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

As with all British cruisers, the armour is intelligently dispersed between ammunition storage, boiler rooms, and other essential components. The ammunition storage on the Dido is well below the waterline and is protected by 76mm of RHA. The only noticeable weaknesses are the unprotected bridge and meagre turret armour.


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Primary armament

The accuracy of the 5.25-inch guns is extremely poor. Against aerial targets, the AA AI armed with HE-VT can bring down a target through sheer volume of fire. Against other light cruisers and even destroyers at normal engagement ranges, the Dido suffers.

Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

The anti-aircraft armament of the Dido is excellent. The dual-purpose primary armaments, 8 x 40 mm guns, and 5 Oerlikons mean that a Dido player can counter planes at all ranges.

Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.IX (533 mm)

6 torpedoes, 3 per side. The firing arcs are wide, allowing for ease of fire.

Usage in battles

The Dido boasts good armour and protected ammunition in exchange for aimed fire worse than many 4.3 destroyers. Whether or not this extreme tradeoff is worth it will come down to the individual player. It is not advised to engage other CLs with the Dido. Against DDs, the Dido can take considerably more damage and will usually win.


Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 5.25 inch Mark II SAP 40 mm HE Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 40 mm AP Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation 5.25 inch HE-VT Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons


  • Good survivability
  • Good anti-aircraft potential
  • Primary armament dispersed across 6 turrets


  • Slow turret rotation


The Dido-class light cruiser was designed in the 1930s as convoy escorts and destroyer leaders, intended for operations in the Mediterranean. As such, ships of the Dido-class had to be both large enough to operate in rough waters as well as fast and manoeuvrable enough in order to keep up with destroyers, whilst at the same time remaining relatively cheap to produce in large numbers.

HMS Dido, the lead ship of her class, was laid down in October 1937. In July 1939, Dido was completed and commissioned into service a year later. HMS Dido’s early service life was marked with convoy escort duties in the Atlantic, before joining the Eastern Mediterranean Fleet in April 1941.

As part of the Royal Navy’s Mediterranean forces, HMS Dido took part in numerous major operations, including the landings at Sicily and mainland Italy as well as southern France. During her service in the Mediterranean, HMS Dido performed various roles, from doing supply runs over evacuating troops to bombarding shorelines.

By 1944, HMS Dido briefly returned to Great Britain, before being sent off on escort duties as part of the Arctic convoys. In 1945, HMS Dido was sent to Copenhagen, where the warship fired the last naval shot as part of the war in Europe, however not in anger, but in celebration of the surrender of the German Kriegsmarine.

Sometime after the end of WW2, HMS Dido joined the ranks of the Royal Navy reserve fleet, remaining in service for another good decade. In 1957 however, HMS Dido was decommissioned from service and sold for scrap.

- From Devblog


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

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