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Originally to have been BELLEROPHON construction was started at the Clydebank yard of John Brown & Co in the latter stages of WW II but she was not completed until 1959.
In later years she was converted to a helicopter carrier.This photo was taken at Portsmouth in 1976.
 

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HMS Tiger

The “Tiger” class cruiser HMS TIGER also seen at Portsmouth Navy days during August 1976 and awaiting disposal at Portsmouth during August 1982 with the carrier HMS BULWARK in the background.
 

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I am looking for pictures and history of the following HMS Ranpura,HMS Montclare and RFA Black Ranger,these are from an old seadog friend of mine.

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Janes Fighting Ships listed Tiger, Lion & Blake as "Tiger" Class although they started life as the Second Group of the Minotaur Class before construction was suspended in 1946. Quite a bit of name changing went on - Tiger (ex Bellerophon), Lion (ex Defence) and Blake (ex Tiger, ex Blake) !!!
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There were quite a number of naval vessels that were in process of building at the end of WW2, a fair number had construction suspended, some for years, and there were quite significant numbers that when they were finally completed that had not only changed their Class but also their names.
 

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This photo was taken from the warf at St Helena where i lived as a child. The ship in the background i think is HMS Tiger
hi, HMS Blake was the first to be converted to a helicopter cruiser as so she had her original short funnels and had her main mast painted black .When HMS Tiger was converted she had taller funnels made so her main mast was left gray then HMS Blakes funnels were made taller but her main mast was left black and thats how i can tell them apart.(Thumb)
 

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There were quite a number of naval vessels that were in process of building at the end of WW2, a fair number had construction suspended, some for years, and there were quite significant numbers that when they were finally completed that had not only changed their Class but also their names.
Doug, the Navy were lucky at least due to the Cold War construction re-started although most were re-configured and as you say re-classed, when it came to the RAF brand new aircraft went from the maker's straight into the scrappy to get aluminium back into the civilian market, my old man use to buy brand new Halifax wings from the MU outside York and scrap them along with complete Halifax's from various MU's in Yorkshire.
 

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From Tomo Chef.
I believe the ship to be HMS BLAKE we called in to visit late March 1970 and we were there for nearly five days I was a chef on her at the time in the main galley.
 

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Hi all I was aboard for the 64 - 65 trip. Started off living on Belfast and when we embarked Tiger I was one of the lucky ones to get (and keep) one of the dunlopillow mattresses. I was in 2DA seamans mess and I think I remember Fez Parker. I certainly remember "shellshock" Nigel the young junior seaman who went out the forward hatch just as A turret fired! I Have some great memories of that ship. If anyone recognizes my name I would love to hear from you.
 

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HMS Tiger hosted the meeting between Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Rhodesia's leader Ian Smith in December 1966.
The negotiating parties joined Tiger off Gibraltar on 1st December. Tiger cruised in the Mediterranean during the discussions returning on 3rd December.
Return to Devonport was on 9th December. On 19th December 1966 Tiger decommissioned to await conversion to a helicopter command cruiser.
 
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