Allied Warships

HMS Leander (75)

Light cruiser of the Leander class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered18 Feb 1930 
Laid down1 Aug 1928 
Launched13 Jul 1929 
Commissioned8 May 1944 
End serviceFeb 1948 

The Royal Navy light-cruiser HMS Leander was loaned to the New Zealand Division from 30 April 1937 until 8 May 1944. At this time she was repairing and refitting at Boston in the USA. HMS Leander returned to service on 27 August 1945.

Decommissioned by the Royal Navy in February 1948.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 15 December 1949.
Scrapped at Blyth on 15 January 1950.

Former nameHMNZS Leander

Commands listed for HMS Leander (75)

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1Cdr. Harold Brittain Clifford Gill, RNDec 194424 Feb 1945
2Capt. Robert Jocelyn Oliver Otway-Ruthven, DSO, RN24 Feb 1945mid 1947

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Notable events involving Leander include:

15 Jul 1943
Badly damaged during the Battle of Kolombangara 28 of her crew were killed and 15 wounded and amongst those wounded was the Executive officer Cmdr Stephen Wentworth Roskill RN

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