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HMS Blake - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Blake

Name : HMS Blake
Laid Down : 17th August 1942
Launched : 20th December 1945
Completed : 18th March 1961
Type : Cruiser
Class : Tiger
Builder : Fairfield
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 4th ship with this name.
Pennants : C99
Fate : Sold for scrap 25th August 1982.

HMS Blake was built by Fairfield and launched on the 20th December 1945. Placed in reserve in 1963, she served as an accommodation ship for ships in refit. She underwent a major conversion between 1965 and 1969, when she became a Helicopter and Command Cruiser. Served until laid up at Chatham, January 1980. Broken Up 1982.

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HMS Blake. Closing to store from RFA Regent, June 1975.


HMS Swiftsure, November 1946.


HMS Blake, 1969.


HMS Blake, 1970.


HMS Blake, June 1977.


HMS Blake. (P)

Timeline Entries :


17th August 1942 - Laid down
17th August 1942 - Pennant C99
20th December 1945 - Work suspended and was laid up at Gareloch
20th December 1945 - Launched
15th October 1954 - Work resumed
18th March 1961 - Completed
24th April 1961 - At Plymouth
21st February 1963 - Entered reserve
1965 - Commenced conversion into a Helicopter Cruiser at Portsmouth Dockyard
1969 - Complete conversion
1969 - Deployed to Gibraltar
23rd April 1969 - Commissioned
29th July 1969 - Celebrating the 381st Anniversary of the Defeat of the Armada
1971 - Assisted Commando Carrier Bulwark with the withdrawal from Malta
14th October 1974 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral H.C. Leach
14th October 1974 - Arrived Cape Town for exercises with the South African Navy
1977 - Attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead
31st May 1978 - Sailed for Group 7 Deployment to the Western Atlantic and Pacific via the Panama Canal
1979 - Underwent a refit at Rosyth
6th December 1979 - Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard
13th May 1980 - Arrived at Chatham and entered the Standby Squadron
25th August 1982 - Sold for breaking up to Shipbreaking (Queenborough)
29th October 1982 - Towed from Chatham for Cairnryan
7th November 1982 - Arrived Cairnryan

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Tiger, Lion and Blake 1942-1986 - The Royal Navys Last Cruisers by Neil McCart


HMS Blake by Ivan Berryman.

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Last edited : 16:49, February 28, 2011
By : jbryce1437


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