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HMS Orion - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Orion

Name : HMS Orion
Laid Down : 26th September 1931
Launched : 24th November 1932
Completed : 18th January 1934
Type : Cruiser
Class : Leander
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 7th ship with this name.
Pennants : 85
Fate : Scrapped 19th July 1949.

In 1939 HMS Orion joined the Americas and West Indies station, moving to the Mediterranean Fleet between 1940 to 1945. Specifications for HMS Orion : Displacement: 7,215 tons Speed: 32.5kt Complement: 550 Armament: eight 6 inch guns in twin turrets, four 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in single mountings and twelve 0.5 inch machine guns in fours. Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in quadruple mountings and 1 aircraft. Single 4 inch guns later replaced by four twin mountings.

His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport launched this Leander class light cruiser on 24 November 1932 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 18 January 1934, for service with the Home Fleet, transferring to the 8th Cruiser Squadron on the American and West Indian Station in 1937. She conveyed the ashes of Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada, back to England in February 1940. In June 1940 she transferred to the Mediterranean becoming flagship of the 7th Cruiser Squadron, and took part in the bombardment of Bardia and the engagement of Punto Stilo. During the rest of 1940 she escorted Malta convoys and transported troops to Greece. In the early part of 1941 she was in the Crete and Aegean areas and was also at the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941.

On 29 May 1941, during the evacuation of Crete, German bombers badly damaged her, causing many casualties amongst the ship’s company and the soldiers she was evacuating from Crete. She went to Simonstown, South Africa where she had temporary repairs and then went to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in the USA for major repairs. ORION returned to the Mediterranean in 1943, joining the 15th Cruiser Squadron. She was involved in the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 and later took part in the Normandy Landings in June 1944. HMS ORION ended her service in 1947, was sold for scrap to Arnott Young (Dalmuir, Scotland) on 19 July 1949 and was scrapped at Troon in August 1949.

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HMS Orion, 1934


HMS Orion, 1934


HMS Orion, 1934


HMS Orion, 1934


HMS Orion, 1935


HMS Orion, March 1943


The cricket team from HMS Orion with Boris Karloff, Herbert Marshall and Aubrey Smith at Hollywood .1941.


Some crew from HMS Orion take a trip round San Francisco .1941.


HMS Orion pictured in the 1930s.


HMS Orion.


San Pedro, 1939, with HMS Orion highlighted in the background.


HMS Orion.


HMS Orion at Malta.

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