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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.
1960 HMS Lion was finally commissioned in July 1960.