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HMS Defence - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Defence

Name : HMS Defence
Laid Down : 22nd February 1905
Launched : 24th January 1907
Completed : 9th February 1909
Type : Cruiser
Class : Minotaur
Builder : Pembroke
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 5th ship with this name.
Pennants :
Fate : Sunk 31st May 1916

HMS Defence was launched on 24th April 1907. HMS Defence joined the 5th Cruiser squadron in February 1909 but transferred in July to the Home Fleet, 1st Cruiser Squadron. During November and December 1912 HMS Defence escorted the Royal Yacht Medina, then went on to the China Station as the new flagship, rejoining the 1st Cruiser squadron as flagship in 1913. At the outbreak of World War One, she immediately became active in the search for the German ships Goeben and Breslau in August 1914. She was stationed in the Mediterranean and the Dardanelles. After September 1914 she joined Admirals Cradlocks squadron and went to the Cape of Good Hope in November. Became flagship to the 1st cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. At the Battle of Jutland she was sunk by gunfire from the German battleship Friedrich der Grosse on the 31st May 1916. The entire crew was lost due to a cordite charge catching fire in the ammunition stores. 893 officers and men lost their lives.

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HMS Defence, 1914.


HMS Defence When she was Flagship of Rear-Admiral Arbuthnot. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916


HMS Defence


HMS Defence


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HMS Defence.

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HMS Defence

Timeline Entries :


24th April 1907 - Pennant Number 34
24th April 1907 - Launched
9th February 1909 - Commissioned
April 1909 - 2nd Cruiser Squadron, 2nd Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
17th July 1909 - Thames Review
27th July 1910 - Arrived back at Torquay after Naval Review
27th July 1910 - Sailed Torquay for Naval Review
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
8th April 1914 - In the Mediterranean at the outbreak of WWI at Malta
14th April 1914 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral Ernest C.T. Troubridge
14th April 1914 - Capt. F. Wray in Command
14th April 1914 - Arrived Malta
8th August 1914 - 1st Cruiser Squadron
31st May 1916 - Took part in the Battle of Jutland
31st May 1916 - Sunk by gunfire
31st May 1916 - Capt. S.V. Ellis in Command

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Defence and Warrior in Action by W L Wyllie.

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Last edited : 17:10, March 15, 2011
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