HMS Arethusa

The Arethusa-class light cruisers were developed in response to the fact that their predecessors, the type Leander ships, were unsuitable for fleet operations at sea or as a lead destroyer.

HMS Arethusa is a British light cruiser of the IV class

HMS Arethusa was the lead ship of the Arethusa-class light cruisers

 Type Leander cruisers lacked the mobility to be leaders, and their silhouettes did not fulfill the basic requirements for night operations. Based on the Leander, British engineers had to design a new, lighter, and more nimble ship. The Arethusa-class, a light cruiser design based on the Leander-class, was created in the early 1930s as a result of this effort, with decreases in weaponry, protection, and other characteristics to accommodate for weight savings. The design was quickly authorized for construction, and six ships were initially purchased, though only five were completed.

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Between 1933 and 1937, and during World War II. The 9,100-ton Town-class light cruisers followed the Arethusa-class. The Royal Canadian Navy ordered two Arethusa-class light cruisers, which were delivered in 1937.

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The HMS Aurora was purchased by the Republic of China in 1948 and renamed the ROCS Chung King.

Arethusa-class light cruiser from World War II

The Arethusa was a cruiser built during WWII, and as you can see, it was rather impressive. It was a little smaller than the others before it, but it had a top speed of almost 30 knots with everything on board - fairly nice, huh? So, if You like our Arethusa here, take your time, construct it, and it'll all be Yours.

Arethusa is a cruiser of the Arethusa class (1913)

The Arethusa-class cruisers were a series of eight oil-fired light cruisers ordered by the Royal Navy in September 1912, principally for North Sea service. They had three funnels, the center one being slightly larger than the others in diameter.

Arethusa has been involved in a number of notable events

HMS Sussex (Capt. A. R. Hammick, RN) and destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. D. de Pass, RN) and HMS Maori (Cdr. G. N. Brewer, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R. W. Ravenhill, RN), and HMS Zulu (Cdr. J. S. Crawford, RN) sailed from Alexandria to meet HMS Arethusa (Capt (1) HMS Arethusa (Captain Q. D. Graham, RN, and more

(1942–43) Western Europe/Atlantic and Mediterranean

9 October 1943, an 8th Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombing raid on the Focke-Wulf facility in Germany. The German navy devastated Allied shipping off the coast of America, taking advantage of bad American naval leadership decisions.

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In the years 1940–41, Western Europe was in a state of upheaval.

Between 10 May and 4 June 1940, the German offensive into Belgium and Northern France surged past the Maginot Line (shown in dark red) In April 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway to preserve iron ore shipments from Sweden from being cut off by the Allies. Despite Allied backing, Denmark capitulated after a few hours, and Norway was taken in two months.

Germany targeted the neutral nations of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg in order to get around the powerful Maginot Line defenses on the Franco-German frontier. The Germans executed a flanking maneuver through the Ardennes, which the Allies mistook for an insurmountable natural barrier to armoured vehicles.

The Wehrmacht quickly advanced to the Channel and shut off the Allied forces in Belgium, trapping the majority of the Allied armies in a cauldron on the Franco-Belgian border at Lille, thanks to the successful implementation of new blitzkrieg tactics. By early June, the United Kingdom had managed to evacuate a considerable number of Allied troops off the continent, despite abandoning nearly all of their equipment.


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Arethusa was deployed to the Mediterranean’s 3rd Cruiser Squadron upon completion, and she was still there when World War II broke out in September 1939. Early April 1940, she and her sister Penelope were returned to the Home Fleet, where they joined the rest of the class to form the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. In April 1940, she took part at the Norwegian Campaign, but on May 8, she transferred to the Nore Command, where she assisted the defensive troops in Calais and subsequently the evacuations from French Atlantic ports.