HMS Dido

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HMS Dido (37), 1941
General characteristics
530 peopleCrew
6 850 tDisplacement
8Number of section
38.099998474121 / 25.39999961853 / 25.39999961853 mmMain fire tower armor
25 / 75 / 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
2 x 5,25 inch/50 QF Mark I cannonTurret
300 roundsAmmunition
2 x 5,25 inch/50 QF Mark I cannonTurret
320 roundsAmmunition
Secondary armament
4 x 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.VIII automatic cannon2 x Turret
8 960 roundsAmmunition
56 roundsBelt capacity
200 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannon5 x Turret
2 040 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
6 x 533 mm Mk.IX wet-heater torpedoSetup 1
120 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
360 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/4 200 / 5 464/3 100 / 4 033Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
360 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
× (184) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.0 Sl icon.png× 1.5 Sl icon.png× 1.3 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

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibers. Secondary armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armament and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that anti-air armament, even heavy caliber weapons, belong in the next section.

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

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Special armament

Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can be an unexpected surprise for an opponent. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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Dido-class light cruiser were 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 maneuverable 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.

Some time 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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External links

Britain light cruisers
HMS Enterprise · HMS Dido · HMS Arethusa · HMNZS Leander · HMS Southampton · HMS Tiger · HMS Belfast