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Sister ships: DANAE, DAUNTLESS, DRAGON, DESPATCH, DIOMEDE, DUNEDIN, DURBAN; DAEDALUS, DARING, DESPERATE and DRYAD cancelled
Pennant Number: I.74
Notes: In September 1916, three "Improved CERES" class cruisers were ordered, taking the original ARETHUSA concept to its limit. As in the preceding CAPETOWN class, the hull was lengthened to enable an extra 6" gun to be fitted; the reason was reports that the German Navy was planning a new and more powerful class of light cruiser (these reports were erroneous). The bridge was 40' farther aft, as well as a deck higher, due to the additional superstructure required for a second 6" gun. The end result was improved weather conditions for both the bridge crew and the crew of the "B" position gun. As the beam was also increased, they were able to mount triple torpedo tubes; the end result that gun armament was up 20% and torpedo armament was up 50% from the CAPETOWN class. In June 1917, a second group of three was ordered (DELHI was in this group), followed by orders for six more in March, 1918; the last four were cancelled at the conclusion of "The Great War". The last five were completed with a trawler bow, which improved their seakeeping ability.
DELHI was with Home Fleet in 1939, then in the Mediterranean in 1940 (her flag superior was changed to D in 1940). She was refitted in the United States in May-December,1941, and emerged as an anti-aircraft cruiser with totally new armament: 5 - 5" / 38 cal. DP (5x1), 8 - 40mm AA (4x2), and 10 - 20mm AA (2x2 and 6x1). Following her refit, DELHI served in the South Atlantic in 1941-42. On 29 January 1942, DELHI was bombed and heavily damaged near Algiers; repairs took 14 months. She returned to service in the Mediterranean in March, 1944. DELHI was rammed by unmanned explosive motor boats on 12 February 1945; following temporary repairs, she returned to Sheerness in April. Due to her advanced age, it was decided not to effect permanent repairs, and she was reduced to Reserve. DELHI was scrapped at Newport in May, 1948.
* scratchbuilt models by John Youngerman