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Sister ships: AURORA, GALATEA, INCONSTANT, PENELOPE, PHAETON, ROYALIST, UNDAUNTED
Notes: Although very cramped in space, the class proved to be very successful in the North Sea. Due to short range, the entire class were discarded quickly following World War I. ARETHUSA was commissioned in mid-August 1914 as flagship of the new Harwich Force; she fought at Heligoland Bight on 28 August, where she was badly damaged by gunfire. Following repairs, ARETHUSA served as one of the escorts on the Cuxhaven seaplane raid on 25 December 1914, and she also took part at Dogger Bank on 24 January 1915. In June, 1915, ARETHUSA was transferred to 5th Light Cruiser Squadron. She took part in the chase and sinking of the German minelayer METEOR on 9 August. In mid-August, 1915, ARETHUSA was fitted with an aircraft flying-off platform, and she took part in Borkum seaplane raid in September. ARETHUSA captured three German trawlers on 30 September 1915, and three more on 7 October. She was badly damaged by a mine off Felixstowe on 11 February 1916. ARETHUSA was taken in tow but broke loose and ran aground on the Cutler Shoal, where she broke her keel and was declared lost.