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Danae Class, British Light Cruisers


Photograph of Danae-class light cruiser

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Specifications:


Tonnage 4850 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 472'6" by 46'6" by 16'6"
144.02m by 14.17m by 5.03m
Maximum speed       29 knots
Complement 450
Armament 6x1 6"/45 guns
3x1 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
2 2pdr AA guns
4x3 21" torpedo tubes
Protection 3" (76mm) belt
1" (25mm) aft bulkhead
2.25" (57mm) magazine box
1" (25mm) deck
1" (25mm) magazine box
3" (76mm) conning tower
Machinery
2-shaft Brown-Curtiss geared turbine (40,000 shp)
6 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 1050 tons fuel oil
Range 2300 nautical miles (4300km) at 28 knots
5900 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 10 knots
Modifications
Modifications were extensive and not well standardized.
At a minimum, 2x4 2pdr guns and 8x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns and Type 273 and Type 291 radar were added between 1942 and 1944.
Danae and Dragon landed their torpedo tubes by 1944 to make room for improved armament and radar.


The Danaes or "D" class were completed in 1918-1922 as very light cruisers. They were a response to intelligence reports that the Germans were building 6" (152mm) cruisers armed with 10-12 guns. However, the German ships had their guns on the beams, and could be economically matched with cruisers based on the C class but having six guns on the centerline. The various refinements caused the displacement to creep up which, together with a slightly greater beam, limited the speed to 29 knots in spite of improved machinery.

Badly obsolete by the start of the Pacific War, they were extensively modernized in their light antiaircraft battery. Dehli, which did not serve in the Pacific, even replaced the main battery with 5"/38 DP guns.


Units in the Pacific:

Danae Singapore 
Dauntless     
1942-4
Dragon Singapore 


References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-18)

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)



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