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HMS Lion - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Lion

Name : HMS Lion
Laid Down :
Launched : 8th October 1957
Completed :
Type : Cruiser
Class : Tiger
Builder : Scotts
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 19th ship with this name.
Pennants : C34
Fate : Renamed (ex - Defence) 8th October 1957. Sold for scrap 12th February 1975.
Was previously : HMS Defence

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HMS Lion completing, April 1960.


HMS Lion, 1960.


HMS Lion, at breakers, June 1975.


HMS Lion. (P)

Timeline Entries :


24th June 1942 - Pennant C34
24th June 1942 - Laid down
2nd September 1944 - Launched
1946 - Laid up at Gareloch in Scotland
20th July 1953 - Commissioned at Wallsend-On-Tyne
15th October 1954 - Work would resumed
22nd May 1958 - Fire broke out whilst completing
20th July 1959 - Commissioned
20th July 1959 - Completed
20th July 1959 - Captain J.E. Scotland in Command
22nd July 1959 - Sailed Wallsend for acceptance trials
2nd August 1959 - Arrived Portsmouth
16th February 1960 - Sailed Portsmouth
20th March 1960 - Arrived Portsmouth
14th April 1961 - Sailed for the Mediterranean
15th June 1961 - Arrive Malta
19th July 1961 - Commenced F.O.F. Mediterranean's Inspection
21st July 1961 - Completed F.O.F. Mediterranean's Inspection
25th October 1961 - Arrived in the UK
24th November 1961 - Sailed Portsmouth for South American Cruise
24th November 1961 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Nicholas A Copeman
24th November 1961 - Capt. J.F. Scotland in Command
15th December 1961 - Arrived Rio de Janeiro
22nd January 1962 - Arrived Callao Peru
21st February 1962 - Arrived UK
25th April 1962 - Capt. Sir Ian Lachlan Mackay McGeoch Assumed Command
1964 - Placed in reserve at Devonport
February 1964 - Capt. Sir Ian Lachlan Mackay McGeoch Relinquished Command
September 1964 - Present at the Maltese Independence celebrations.
10th August 1965 - Fleet Review in The Clyde
1972 - Placed on the disposal list
15th May 1973 - Arrived at Rosyth and was stripped of parts and equipment for use with Tiger and Blake
12th February 1975 - Sold for breaking up

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

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Last edited : 17:43, April 2, 2011
By : jbryce1437


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