HMS Leopard Ships Nameboard – 1958
HMS Leopard was a Leopard Class Type 41 Anti aircraft frigate of the Royal Navy
HMS Leopard was built at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was launched in May 1955 and commissioned in September 1958.
During Britain’s fishing dispute, the Cod War with Iceland in 1973, HMS Leopard was accused by Iceland of threatening to fire on the patrol ship Aegir. The British government refuted the claims, accusing the Icelandic ship of trying to cut the trawling wires of the German fishing vessels Teutonia and Dusseldorf, and of firing several shots. The government further stated that Leopard had only warned the Aegir that she would fire back if more shots were fired. Leopard provided further support for British trawlers during another fishing dispute with Iceland in 1975.
She was scrapped at Dartford in 1977.
Length 57in 145cm
Height 10.75in 27cm
Letters 6in 15cm
The ship, first commanded by Commander R.G. Gaunt, was to serve in the South Atlantic and South America upon commission. In 1960 she sailed 1,144 miles up the River Amazon to Godajas. In 1961, HMS Leopard sailed for the island of Tristan da Cunha after a volcanic eruption. Her crew assisted in the relief effort, as well as the recovery of personal belongings left behind by the island’s inhabitants.
In 1963, HMS Leopard suffered serious damage when she collided with the South African minesweeper Pietermaritzburg during exercises off Cape Point. In February 1966 she commissioned for the fourth time and in August 1966 sailed for the Far East where she spent a busy year of exercises. In 1968, she was diverted to Bermuda in response to civil unrest. In the same year she took part in Portsmouth ‘Navy Days’ and completed her fourth commission in that year
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