Based on the preceding Boadicea class, these two ships were also designed as scout cruisers, operating with destroyers. However, by the time they were completed, the newer destroyers had all been switched to turbine engines and were at least two or three knots faster than the scout cruisers. They still serve with destroyers, as there is no other field where they could be of better use, but there are talks about converting them to mine layers.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 360

Basic damage control capacity: 135%


Displacement: 3350 tons

Length: 123 m

Width: 13 m

Draught: 4 m

Standard crew: 314


Maximum speed (undamaged): 25 knots

Endurance: 5022 km

Coal capacity: 970 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 4

Hull armour: 0

Main belt armour: 3 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.5 (sloped at edges to provide extra belt-level protection)

Best armour type: Steel


10 x 4in BL Mk VII, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1500 rounds

1 x 12-pdr 20cwt HA Mk I, locally controlled. Ammo: 200 rounds

2 x 18in Mk VII Torpedoes, centrally controlled. Ammo: 4 torpedoes

Ships in classEdit

  • Blonde
  • Blanche