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Photographed in November 1963 , soon after being commissioned into the RN.
HMS London (D16) was a County-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She commissioned at Swan Hunter's yard in Wallsend in 4th November 1963 under Captain J.C. Bartosik and initially was fully employed setting her armament to work, successfully firing her Seaslug for the first time off Aberporth in April 1964.
HMS London was the last ship to leave Malta when the Maltese government closed the base. She was the last RN ship capable of firing Mark 1 Sea Slug missiles, and the last ship in Royal Navy to fire a four-gun broadside on 10 December 1981.
London was decommissioned in late December 1981 after completing a six-month West Indies Guardship deployment during which her crew were involved in the granting of independence to Antigua. Her Majesty the Queen was represented by Princess Margaret at the independence ceremonies.
HMS London was sold to Pakistan on 23 March 1982 and renamed Babur. Babur was decommissioned from Pakistani service in 1993 and was sold for scrap in 1995.
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