It was the discussion over the shortcomings of the new destroyers that had resulted in some design studies that had shown that a light cruiser could be built by further expanding this design. This new ship reflected the growing convergence of the destroyer and cruiser types and was effectively the same basic hull design, but enlarged to carry 6 inch twin mounts in place of 4.5s. These small light cruisers displaced just over 6,600 tons and it was their design that was to provide the basis for the Australian Navy's new missile destroyers. They marked an intermediate stage in the evolution of Australian cruiser and destroyer design that would see the two types as eventually becoming different variants of the same basic design.
ANZAC Class Cruisers