|Length||512 feet (oa)|
|Armament||As designed; 10 5.25" DP guns (5x2) 8 2pdr AA (2x4) 8 .5" AA (2x4) 6 21" torpedo tubes (2x3)|
|Max speed||33 knots|
|Engines||Geared turbines, 4 shafts|
|Notes on class|
This class of cruiser was designed for use as Anti Aircraft cruisers in the fleet role, in response to demands for better Anti Aircraft defence against the growing capabilities of the aircraft of the day. The special Dual Purpose main armament was designed in the 1930`s and fired an 80 pound projectile and had a maximum range at full elevation of 70 degrees of 46,500 feet. It was mounted in twin turrets. Three of the turrets were in tiers forward of the bridge, which necessitated a high bridge and even higher funnels to prevent smoke problems on the command positions.
Scylla and Charybdis had 8 4.5" AA guns in four twin mounts instead of the designed 5.25" guns duo to shortages.
All ships of the Dido class
|HMS Argonaut (61)|
|HMS Bonaventure (i) (31)||Lost on 31 Mar 1941|
|HMS Charybdis (88)||Lost on 23 Oct 1943|
|HMS Cleopatra (33)|
|HMS Dido (37)|
|HMS Euryalus (42)|
|HMS Hermione (74)||Lost on 16 Jun 1942|
|HMS Naiad (93)||Lost on 11 Mar 1942|
|HMS Phoebe (43)|
|HMS Scylla (98)|
|HMS Sirius (82)|
Full wartime service history on this vessel.
See all Light cruiser classes.
Dido class ships hit by U-boats (3)
|16 Jun 1942||HMS Hermione||Sunk||U-205|
|11 Mar 1942||HMS Naiad||Sunk||U-565|
|23 Oct 1942||HMS Phoebe||Damaged||U-161|
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