HMS Defender (1952) DD (6th)
This the sixth ship to carry the name HMS Defender was a
Daring Class (1952)
Built by Stephen, laid down 22-Mar-1949, launched 29-Jul-1950 and commissioned 05-Dec-1952.
Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.
After trials went to the Mediterranean then to the Far East. Returned to the Mediterranean 14-Jun-1955 and took part in the Suez invasion Nov-56.
Returned to the UK for refit on 17-Feb-58. During this refit the aft torpedo tubes were removed and replaced with a deckhouse to give more accommodation.
Returned to the Mediterranean 30-Apr-1959 and remained there until Apr-1960 when she returned to the UK.
Decommissioned Jan-1961 and went into reserve at Chatham until 1965.
Recommissioned Mar-1965 and went to the Mediterranean, then on to the West Indies, winter 1966/67.
Returned to the UK until Jan-68 when she went to the Far East until Dec-68.
Returned to the UK and paid off at Devonport Aug-69 for scrapping.
Sold 10-May-1972 and broken up at Inverkeithing.
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31 October, 2012.
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