Arethusa Class

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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Arethusa Class. HMS Arethusa, HMS Galatea, HMS Penelope, HMS Aurora including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Arethusa Class cruisers.


Displacement: 5,220 tons (Arethusa & Galatea),  5,270 tons (Penelope & Aurora)   Speed: 32kt    Complement: 450

Armament: Six 6 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in pairs.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 1 aircraft (no aircraft on Aurora).

HMS Arethusa 6th March 1934 Broken up 1950.
HMS Aurora 20th August 1936 Sold to China 1948.
HMS Galatea 9th August 1934 Sunk 14th December 1941.
HMS Penelope 15th October 1935 Sunk 18th February 1944.

HMS Arethusa

HMS Arethusa pictured February 1937 with sea plane on her catapult. 

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HMS Galatea

HMS Galatea pictured in September 1936 at Malta.

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HMS Galatea.

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HMS Penelope

HMS Penelope, 1936. 

HMS Penelope.

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Reginald Jenkyn of HMS Penelope.

Died in action 18th February 1944 when HMS Penelope was sunk off Naples.

Courtesy of his son, Adrian.