HMS Juno

HMS Juno was a Eclipse class second class cruiser that served in home waters, in the Persian Gulf and in the East Indies during the First World War. At the start of the war she was part of the 11th Cruiser Squadron, based in Ireland and patrolling the trade routes to the west. In the spring of 1915 she was the flagship of Admiral H. L. A. Hood, the then commander of the squadron.

HMS Juno from the left
HMS Juno from the left

In July 1915 the Juno was sent to the Persian Gulf, where her captain (D. St. A. Wake) was to serve as Senior Naval Officer of a squadron detailed to deal with a German inspired threat to the crucial Persian oil supplies. On 9 September the Juno helped to fight off an attack on the British position at Bushire.

She remained on the East Indies station until the end of the war. In January 1917, when new German raiders were at sea, she was at Muscat. During March she patrolled the area between Colombo and Bombay. On 8 December, during the cruise of the Wolf, she was sent to the Maldives to confirm a report that two steamers with a seaplane had recently visited the island. After the war she returned home and was paid off in 1920.

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed


Armour – deck


 - gunshields


 - engine hatch


 - conning tower




Armaments as built

Five 6in quick firing guns
Six 4.7in quick firing guns
Six 3pdr quick firing guns
Two machine guns
Three 18in torpedo tubes

Armament after 1905

Eleven 6in guns
Three 12pdr guns
Three 18in torpedo tubes

Crew complement



16 November 1895


16 June 1897


A. L. Macrorie
Captain D. St. A. Wake

Sold for break up


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (11 November 2007), HMS Juno ,

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