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HMS Tiger - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Tiger

Name : HMS Tiger
Laid Down : 1st October 1941
Launched : 25th October 1945
Completed : 18th March 1959
Type : Cruiser
Class : Tiger
Builder : John Brown
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 13th ship with this name.
Pennants : C20
Fate : Scrapped 28th September 1986.

Tiger started out as Bellerophon laid down in 1941 at the John Brown Shipyard as part of the Minotaur class of light cruisers. They had a low construction priority due to more pressing requirements for other ship types during World War II, particularly anti-submarine craft. Bellerophon was renamed Tiger in 1945, and was launched, partially constructed, on 25 October 1945. She was christened by Lady Stansgate, the wife of William Benn, the Secretary of State for Air, and mother of MP Anthony Wedgewood Benn. However, work on Tiger was suspended in 1946, and she was laid up at Dalmuir. Construction of Tiger resumed, but to a new design, with Tiger becoming the name ship of the class. The new design was approved in 1951, but construction did not resume until 1954. She would have semi-automatic 6-inch (152 mm) guns in twin high-angle mounts with each gun capable of shooting 20 rounds per minute, and a secondary battery of fully-automatic 3-inch (76 mm) guns which delivered 90 rounds per minute per gun. She would have no lighter anti-aircraft armament or torpedo tubes. Air conditioning was fitted throughout the ship, and a 200-line automatic telephone exchange was installed. Each 6 inch and 3 inch mounting had its own director, linked to a dedicated radar on the director. Tiger was finally commissioned on Clydebank in March 1959.

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HMS Tiger with HMS Jupiter (F60, left), HMS Ariadne (F72, right) and an unknown submarine (front). Viewed from RFA Green Rover, South Atlantic, April 1977.


HMS Tiger, fitting out, August 1947.


HMS Tiger, March 1959.


HMS Tiger, March 1959.


HMS Tiger, June 1966.


HMS Tiger, August 1972.


HMS Tiger, September 1972.


HMS Tiger, June 1977.


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

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