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Name: LION ex DEFENCE
Type: Cruiser
Keel: 24/06/1942
Launched: 02/09/1944
Completed: 20/07/1960
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Greenock and
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: Scotts: 611; (Swan Hunter: 1859)
Dimensions: 8800disp - 11480disp, 538.0 x 64.0 x 17.25(draft)ft
Engines: 4 x Steam turbines, Parsons type, DR geared, 72500shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 4 x Screws, 32.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 3 x 3 x 6.0ins, 5 x 2 x 4.0ins QF, 4 x 4 x 2pdr guns, 2 x 3 x 21.0ins torpedoes;
(1960: 2 x 2 x 6.0ins, 3 x 2 x 3.0ins guns)
History:
20/07/1960 British Royal Navy
24/04/1975 Broken up
Comments: Originally a member of the Minotaur or Swiftsure Class of Cruisers
02/09/1944: Launched as DEFENCE
1946: Work suspended at Scotts & laid up at the Gareloch
07/1955: Towed to Swan Hunter for completion to a new design
1957: Renamed LION, a member of the Tiger Class with TIGER & BLAKE
Unlike her 2 sisters she was not converted into a helicopter cruiser
15/05/1973: Arrived at Rosyth where equipment & parts were taken for sisters
24/04/1975: Arrived at Inverkeithing for breaking up by TW Ward Ltd


Above as DEFENCE, laid up at Gareloch. Photo is courtesy of Photoship

Above as DEFENCE, leaving for the Tyne. Photo is courtesy of Photoship

Above as DEFENCE, on the Tyne stripped of her upperworks. Photo is courtesy of George Robinson

Above: DEFENCE alongside at Wallsend. Photo is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as LION is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as LION is copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as LION is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as LION is copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as LION is copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as LION is copyright of Richard Parsons