HMS London Ships Name Board 1961- Brass Letters
HMS London was a County-class missile destroyer of the Royal Navy.
HMS London was commissioned at Swan Hunter’s yard in Wallsend on 14 November 1963.
Solid brass lettering mounted on its wooden back board.
Length 42in 107cm
Height 9in 23cm
Brass Letters 6in 15cm height
photo’d on a dull day , but the lettering is brass and not as silvered as the pictures show, will re shoot if time allows.
HMS London entertained the Duke of Edinburgh on board, she crossed the Atlantic in September 1964. She visited Bermuda and Houston before joining a special squadron led by Vice-Admiral Sir Fitzroy Talbot on a round of visits to the South American part of his command.
HMS London was the last ship to leave Malta when the Maltese government closed the base. She attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead when she was part of the First Flotilla.
The ship was the last RN vessel 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 three-month deployment to the West Indies as Belize Guard ship, during which her crew were involved in the granting of independence to Antigua.
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