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hms danae Danae Class.  Designed as enlarged 'C' type cruisers to counter rumoured German construction of powerful cruisers that never materialised.  The increase in size was used to provide an extra 6 inch gun and a heavier torpedo armament.  The class also had larger low revolution propellers for greater efficiency.

HMS Danae
Built Armstrong, laid down December 1916, completed June 1918.

HMS Dauntless
Built Palmers, laid down January 1917, completed December 1918.

HMS Dragon
Built Scott, laid down January 1917, completed August 1918.

HMS Delhi
Built Armstrong, laid down October 1917, completed May 1919.

HMS Despatch
Built Fairfield, laid down July 1918, completed June 1922.

HMS Diomede
Built Vickers, laid down June 1918, completed October 1922.

HMS Dunedin
Built Armstrong, laid down November 1917, completed September 1919.

HMS Durban
Built Scott, laid down June 1918, completed November 1921.

Size:
Length 445 feet pp 472 feet 6 inches overall, beam 46 feet 3 inches, draught 14 feet 6 inches, displacement 4,850 tons standard 5,800 tons full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Parsons/Brown-Curtis turbines, 40,000 shp, 29 knots

Trials:
Delhi 41,208 shp = 28.6 knots
Dunedin 42,145 shp = 29.18 knots

Armour:
3-1.5in belt, 1in decks

Armament:
6 x 6in 45cal Mk XII (5 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 12 x 21in TT

Comments:
The first three had straight bows but after that the remaining ships were built with flared 'trawler' bows.  Crew 450.

World War 1 Service:
Danae

5th Light Cruiser Squadron Harwich Force.
1948 Scrapped.

Dauntless
1946 Scrapped.

Dragon
5th Light Cruiser Squadron Harwich Force.
1944 Used as breakwater at Normandy.

Delhi
1948 Scrapped.

Despatch
1946 Scrapped.

Diomede
1946 Scrapped.

Dunedin
24 November 1941 Torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 124.

Durban
1944 Used as breakwater at Normandy.

HMS Dauntless, like most of the class completed too late to see service in World War 1.  A further four ships of the class (Daedalus, Daring, Desperate and Dryad) were cancelled in November 1918. hms dauntless

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