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HMS Lion (C34)

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1961.

HMS Lion was a light cruiser of the Royal Navy, originally ordered in 1942 as one of the Minotaur-class and laid down that same year as HMS Defence by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co at Greenock in Scotland on 6 June 1942.

1944 Launched partially complete on 2 September 1944

1946 work was suspended. Still named Defence, she was laid up at Gareloch.

Construction of Defence and two other cruisers was later resumed to a revised Tiger-class design.

1957 Defence was renamed Lion and construction continued at the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson yards at Wallsend.

1960 HMS Lion was finally commissioned in July 1960.


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