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Name: LEGION
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 01/11/1938
Launched: 26/12/1939
Completed: 19/12/1940
Builder: R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 619
Dimensions: 1920disp - 2660disp, 345.6 x 36.8 x 10.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, SR geared, 48000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 36.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 4 x 2 x 4.0ins, 1 x 4 x 2pdr QF guns; 2 x 4 x 21.0ins torpedoes
History:
19/12/1940 British Royal Navy
26/03/1942 Sank
Comments: Member of the L Class of destroyers
1940: Main armament changed to HA mountings & reclassed as Anti-Aircraft
13/11/1941: Took survivors from the sinking ARK ROYAL
23/03/1942: Sustained damage due to near misses and limped to Valetta
Bombed and sunk whilst alongside Boiler Wharf. Hull rolled over.
1943: Wreck cut in two as a salvage attempt, but failed.
1946: Broken up in situ


Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo of LEGION alongside ARK ROYAL courtesy of Photoship

Copied and digitised by Terry Summerson from the original Shipyard Data Books. Click HERE to enlarge.

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