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The following notes were taken from the 1981 Chatham Navy Day Program
In 1960, the County Class Destroyer was the first of a new era in warship design: her compact, streamlined profile replaced the stark superstructure and tall funnels of her predecessors, and heralded the shape of warships today. The size of the County Class, some 520 ft. long, 54 ft. wide, and displacing over 5,000 tons, made her a new concept of destroyer. She inherited the prestige and flagship duties of the light cruiser, carrying an admiral and his staff to command groups of ships at sea and to make important visits overseas.
Today she flies the flag of Rear Admiral Nicholas Hunt, Flag Officer of the Second Flotilla. Her principal role is to contribute to the air defence of a task group with her Seaslug missiles and comprehensive electronic equipment. With the flexibility that is one of a warship's vital characteristics; she can adopt many other roles, from anti-submarine warfare with her torpedo carrying Wessex Helicopter, to clandestine operations on an enemy coast with her detachment of Royal Marines. Trained from her ship's company are platoons for boarding, landing parties, riot control, salvage and disaster relief ; because one of the duties of a ship o' this size may be to provide first aid to a community struck by an earthquake.
HMS LONDON is the tenth ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name, which was first given to a warship in 1620. Her prestigious affiliation to the City and to its most honoured institutions and regiments continues to be a source of great pride and pleasure, reflected in her recent visit to the Pool of London.
We look forward to welcoming you to HMS LONDON, and hope that you enjoy your tour.
Seen at Chatham Navy Day on the 24 May 1981
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