HMS Orion

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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website featuring the Leander Class cruiser HMS Orion including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the cruiser HMS Orion.

 

Specifications for HMS Orion

 

Displacement: 7,215 tons   Speed: 32.5kt    Complement: 550

Armament: Eight 6 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as twelve 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in pairs and 1 aircraft.

HMS Orion 24th November 1932 Broken up 1949.

HMS Orion possibly passing through Suez. Sent in by Dave Allen whose father (ABS Allen, D/JX 257058) served on Orion during WWII. Dave says that these photos came in an envelope stamped "Fleet Photographic Office" Fort Ricasoli Malta, dated 3 August 1945.

HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion

H.M.S. Orion.

HMS Orion pictured in the 1930s. 

 

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San Pedro, 1939, with HMS Orion highlighted in the background.

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HMS Orion at Malta.

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All ships crew on deck with Churchill HMS Orion. Courtesy of Dave Allen.

The cricket team from HMS Orion with Boris Karloff, Herbert Marshall and Aubrey Smith at Hollywood .1941.   

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Some crew from HMS Orion take a trip round San Francisco .1941. 

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  THE ABOVE TWO PHOTO'S WERE TAKEN DURING  EXTENSIVE REPAIRS (DAMAGE RECEIVED DURING THE EVACUATION OF CRETE) AT SAN FRANCISCO  (thanks to Ken Porter)

4 Royal Marines pictured off duty during morning break "Make and Mend" aboard HMS Orion, January 1938 in Bermuda Yard.  Contributed by Frederick  Brindley (right)

Left to Right :-  A.W. Dear (Bash)        Sam Loughlin      J. McCullough (Mick)     J. Rooney (Mick)    Frederick S Brindley (Royal Marine peaked cap)

Frederick  Brindley

"I was on board HMS Orion from August 1937 to January 1944.  This photo was taken in December 1937 when I was 19 years old on the gangway at the start of afternoon watch next to the porthole of the torpedo room.  We were in Bermuda Yard at the time (our base for 3 months) then we made goodwill visits as we cruised between St Petersburg - Florida, Mobile - Alabama and New Orleans."   Thanks to Frederick Brindley.

Edmund Frederick Vessey Robinson, Leading Seaman, R.N. He was killed in action at the evacuation of Crete, 28th May 1941. Courtesy of Brian Hewitt.