HMS Diana

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HMS Diana
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Description

HMS Diana (D126) was a member of the Daring-class destroyers. She was designed and constructed amid World War II, incorporating experiences from the Pacific campaign, such as longer range and the ability to effectively replenish at sea. Yarrow and Co. Ltd. (Yard No. 1846) constructed HMS Diana in Clydebank, Glasgow. She was laid down on April 3, 1947, and launched on Thursday, May 8, 1952, by Lady McGrigor, the wife of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Rhoderick McGrigor. HMS Diana was first put into service on March 29, 1954. During construction, the originally planned name, HMS Druid, was renamed to HMS Diana. HMS Diana was almost as big as a pre-war light cruiser, so at its time, it was regarded as a large destroyer. Along with her sister ship, HMS Decoy, she was acquired by the Peruvian Navy in 1969 and served until 1993.

Introduced in Update "Fire and Ice", HMS Diana and her predecessor share certain characteristics. She is far more resilient and durable due to her design for far-reaching operations. Nevertheless, HMS Diana is not an exception to the rule that the majority of early British destroyers lacked armour protection. This is a fatal flaw that greatly increases the risk of ammunition detonation, as the hull lacks any armour plates and the ammunition rack is situated above the waterline. To avoid being targeted, players should maintain some distance from the enemy.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower10 / 10 / 10 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section6
Displacement3 820 t
Crew330 people

When compared to her real life predecessor, the Battle-class destroyer, HMS Diana features similar characteristics along with some noticeable changes. She retains two forward-facing 4.5 inch turret of the Battle-class, but receives also an additional turret at the stern. Being designed for operation range and survivability, she is also considerably more resilient to enemy fire thanks to the compact crew compartment.

However, the Diana still shares the common weakness with other British WWII destroyers in terms of armour (or lack thereof). Her hull is almost devoid of any armour save for a thin layer of anti-fragmentation armour around the bridge and turrets. In addition, her anti-air and rear turret's shell room were located way above the waterline, both of them were fatal weak spot that will be exposed when doing broadsides and can be somewhat counterintuitive to the ship's additional firepower improvement.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB79 / 32 km/h
RB64 / 26 km/h

Being optimized for operation range, the Diana's top speed is below average for a destroyer. In addition, the ship's displacement will also affect her mobility, making her a bit less manoeuvrable.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 79 32
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 64 26

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 155 → 2 760 Sl icon.png
RB3 367 → 4 313 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications20 840 Rp icon.png
33 700 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost980 Ge icon.png
Crew training13 000 Sl icon.png
Experts47 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
190 / 460 / 100 % Sl icon.png
136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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115 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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150 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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114mm_uk_sap_ammo_pack
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40 mm HE clips
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114mm_uk_aa_distant_fuse_ammo_pack
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40 mm AP clips
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Improved Rangefinder
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Torpedo Mode
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Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 4.5 inch/45 QF Mark V cannon
Ammunition600 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 80°

The Diana features six 4.5 inch QF Mark V guns as her main armament, mounted in three twin turrets arranged in A-Bs-X position. These were the same weapon system as HMAS Tobruk and thus shared the same automatic ramming system and shell choice from its Australian counterpart, providing great and consistent rate of fire at 20 rpm with no first-stage ammo rack.

The gun has four shell choices: a HE shell with 2.32 kg of TNT equivalent, enough to cause damage to any unarmoured ship, a HE-TF and a HE-VT shell for anti-air purposes with the same filler as regular HE shell, and a SAP shell with largely the same performance as the one from British 5-inch guns.

As mentioned in the "Survivability and armour" section. While it is tempting to do broadsides to exploit the Diana's additional firepower at the rear, in doing so will expose her unprotected magazines at her bow and stern to the enemy. Thus, while in firefight, it is recommended to face her bow to the enemy at all times only use her frontal armament to minimize the risk of detonation.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
4.5 inch HE HE 28 28 28 28 28 28
4.5 inch SAP SAP 117 100 77 61 50 41
4.5 inch HE-TF HE-TF 28 28 28 28 28 28
4.5 inch HE-VT HE-VT 28 28 28 28 28 28
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
4.5 inch HE HE 746 24.95 0 0.1 2,320 79° 80° 81°
4.5 inch SAP SAP 746 23 0.015 5 910 47° 60° 65°
4.5 inch HE-TF HE-TF 746 24.95 0 0.1 2,320 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
4.5 inch HE-VT HE-VT 746 24.95 0 0.1 244 23 2,320 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret2 x 40 mm QF STAAG Mark II gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min
Turret2 x 40 mm QF Mark V gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min

For dedicated anti-air defence, the Diana features six 40 mm Bofors autocannon in two STAAG dual mounts flanking the bridge and one Mk V mount located behind her second funnel.

Compared to the Battle-class destroyers, the Diana's AA defense is somewhat of a downgrade due to the lower gun count and less coverage. Nevertheless, they still provide great defense against enemy aircraft, especially when used in tandem with the 4.5 inch guns.

  • Universal: AP-T · HEFI-T
  • 40 mm HE clips: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP clips: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEFI-T 3 3 3 3 3 3
AP-T 81 78 68 58 49 41
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T 874 0.9 0 0.1 67.13 79° 80° 81°
AP-T 874 0.89 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Additional armament

Setup 15 x 533 mm Mk.IX** torpedo
Main article: Mk.IX** (533 mm)

As with other late British destroyers, the Diana is equipped with five 533 mm Mk.IX** torpedoes, launched from a single quintuple launcher located on the midship section. With 587.2 kg of TNT explosive equivalent and decent speed of 76 km/h, these powerful torpedoes are useful against any targets, especially at close range. However, the low quantity of torpedoes on board along with the launcher's poor firing arc significantly restrict its usefulness, as her captains will be forced to show the vulnerable broadsides to launch them.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Six fast-firing and powerful 4.5 inch guns with no first-stage ammo racks
  • Turret has good traverse speed and coverage
  • Survivable against destroyers due to high crew count
  • Good anti-air coverage

Cons:

  • Critical modules were largely unarmoured, vulnerable to armour-piercing shells
  • Auxiliary shell room at the bow and rear magazine is above the waterline, making it a fatal weak spot
  • Relatively sluggish for a destroyer due to high displacement
  • Carries only five torpedoes with restrictive firing arc

History

HMS Diana was laid down at Clydebank, Glasgow on 3rd April 1947, launched on 8th May 1952, and was commissioned on 29th March 1954. Originally planned to be named Druid, this was changed to Diana during construction. HMS Diana was considered a large destroyer, with the design coming from lessons of the Pacific War where long endurance was very important.

With a main armament of six 4.5 inch (114 mm) dual-purpose guns in 3 fully enclosed twin turrets and being fully radar-controlled, the fire control system was considered the most advanced in the Royal Navy at the time. The guns were regarded as highly accurate with a high rate of fire. Completing the armament were 2 x 40 mm Bofors, 5 torpedo tubes and a triple "Squid" anti-submarine mortar.

Seeing combat in the Suez Crisis, HMS Diana was involved with the sinking of Egyptian frigate Domiat, which was engaged in a gun duel with the cruiser HMS Newfoundland. This engagement marked the last time in conflict a ship was sunk by another by gunfire only.

In 1968, Diana was diverted from her route to assist in the search for the British-made, Israeli-ordered submarine Dakar. During this search, Diana diverted again to assist Spanish tanker MV Bahia Blanca which was on fire.

In 1969, HMS Diana was sold to the Peruvian navy, renamed BAP Palacios, and refitted at Cammell Laird with new radar and 8 Exocet missiles.

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Yarrow Shipbuilders Limited
Torpedo/Gun Boats 
Steam Gun Boat (SGB)  SGB Grey Fox
Destroyers 
Daring-class  HMS Diana

Britain destroyers
Town-class  HMS Churchill · HMS Montgomery
V-class  HMS Valhalla · HMS Vega · HMS Verdun
G-class  HMS Grafton · ORP Garland
Hunt-class  HMS Calpe · HMS Brissenden
Tribal-class  HMCS Haida · HMS Eskimo · HMS Mohawk
J-class  HMS Jervis
K-class  HMS Kelvin
N-class  HMAS Nepal
Battle-class  HMS Armada · HMS Cadiz · HMAS Tobruk
Daring-class  HMS Daring · HMS Diana