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Photograph undated but suspect it was taken 1959-1960 when Tiger was in the Mediterranean on her first commission.
Tiger started out as Bellerophon laid down in 1941 at the John Brown Shipyard as part of the Minotaur class of light cruisers. They had a low construction priority due to more pressing requirements for other ship types during World War II, particularly anti-submarine craft. Bellerophon was renamed Tiger in 1945, and was launched, partially constructed, on 25 October 1945. However, work on Tiger was suspended in 1946, and she was laid up at Dalmuir.
Construction of Tiger resumed, but to a new design, with Tiger becoming the name ship of the class. The new design was approved in 1951, but construction did not resume until 1954. She would have semi-automatic 6-inch (152 mm) guns in twin high-angle mounts with each gun capable of shooting 20 rounds per minute, and a secondary battery of fully-automatic 3-inch (76 mm) guns which delivered 90 rounds per minute per gun. She would have no lighter anti-aircraft armament or torpedo tubes. Air conditioning was fitted throughout the ship, and a 200-line automatic telephone exchange was installed. Each 6 inch and 3 inch mounting had its own director, linked to a dedicated radar on the director. Tiger was finally commissioned on Clydebank in March 1959.
The early part of Tiger's first commission was spent, under Captain RE Wasbourn, on trials trying to make her new armament actually work. After workup under Captain R Hutchins Tiger went on a round of autumn flag-showing visits to Gdynia, Stockholm, Kiel and Antwerp.
At the end of 1959 she deployed to the for a year as Fleet Flagship, under Admiral Michael Pollock.

I believe photo shows the ship off to her best advantage before she was butchered and given her helicopter flight deck

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whatever the date she is leaving malta with a rear admiral embarked...nice phot classic lines
 

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Great ship and a fantastic harbour. The Grand Harbour for me is the finest harbour of them all to be on a bridge of a ship and if you are not on a bridge the Upper/Lower Barrakka gardens - just breath taking.

Am I the only one who actually liked the helicopter conversions? For ships that did so little, the Tiger / Blake and Lion have an interesting and at times controversial history.

Nice photo Tim
 

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Well at least i'm no alone then.

Perhaps you know the answer to this but I knew a chap who was on the Blake and he said it wasn't a good ship to be on and a lot of the poor behaving sailors (if there's such a thing) were assigned to her.

Has anyone ever seen a picture of the Tiger at the Spanish breakers at Castellon? There are a few pics of her circulating in publications being towed out of Portsmouth on a misty morning but thereafter nada! Someday I will get round to it but have some good close up shots of Tiger laid up in the creek that I will post on the gallery.
 

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1959-60 in the Med, Dreyer was FO2, not Pollock. Good photo, taken in Grand Harbour.
 

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Wiki certainly seems to have it wrong again. Pollock's flag was in Tiger as FO2 Home Fleet in 1966.
 

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