Caledon Class, British Light Cruiser

Photograph of Caledon-class light cruiser

Imperial War Museum. Via Wikipedia Commons


Tonnage 4180 tons standard
Dimensions 449'10" by 42'9" by 14'3"
147.5m by 14.02m by 4.67m
Maximum speed       29 knots
Complement 334
Armament 5x1 6"/45 guns
2x1 3"/45 guns
2x1 2pdr guns
4x2 21" torpedo tubes
Protection 3" (76mm) belt (machinery)
2.25" (57mm) belt (magazines)
1" (25mm) aft bulkhead
1" (25mm) deck (machinery)
1" (25mm) deck (steering)
3" (76mm) conning tower
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (40,000 shp)
6 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 935 tons fuel oil
Range 5900 nautical miles (10,900 km) at 10 knots
1942: Caledon converted to an antiaircraft cruiser. All previous armament removed in favor of 3x2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns, 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, 6x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns and radar. Caradoc added 2x1 2pdr and 5x1 20mm guns along with Type 271 and Type 290 radar.

1944-4: Caledon added 2x1 20mm guns.

1944-10: Caledon replaced 2x1, 1x1 20mm guns with 6x1 40mm guns.

The Caledons were very small and lightly armored cruisers completed in 1917. Because of their age, they received virtually no modifications between the wars and spent most of the 1930s in reserve. Their limited range, which reflected a design intended for use patrolling the North Sea, made them largely unsuitable for service in the Far East.

Units in the Pacific:

Withdrawn 1942-8
Arrived 1942-3     
Arrived 1944
Withdrawn 1943-6


Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-15)

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)

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