HMS Defence (1944) CC  (6th)

This the sixth ship to carry the name HMS Defence was a Tiger Class, Cruiser.

Built by Scotts Shipbuilders of Greenock, laid down 24-Jun-1942, launched 02-Sep-1944, construction suspended at the end of WW2, 555ft 6in long, 64ft wide and displacing 9,550 tons.

Armed with 4 x 6in and 6 x 3in guns.

Renamed HMS Lion 08-Oct-1957, and completed 1957.

On completion served with the Home them Mediterranean Fleets. Refitted 1962 then to the Home and Far East Fleets 1962-64.

Went into reserve 1964-72. Then put up for disposal 1972 when she was stripped at Rosyth and cannibalised for parts for HMS Tiger.

Sold 12-Feb-1975 and broken up at Inverkeithing.


Other HMS Defence
- 1st  HMS Defence
- 2nd HMS Defence
- 3rd HMS Defence
- 4th HMS Defence
- 5th HMS Defence
- 6th HMS Defence

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This page last edited - 18 July, 2012.

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