Laforey Class

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Laforey Class Torpedo Boat Destroyers

These were the last Destroyers completed before the outbreak of world war One, and the first class to be named in the new Alphabetical system. Also six of the class were built with two funnels with the remainder having Three. They were also the first class to be given double torpedo Tubes. and another first was two destroyers of the class HMS Leonidas and HMS Laforey had geared turbines. The " L" Flotilla saw a lot of active service during the war. with HMS Lance having fired the first naval shot of the war when it sank (along with HMS landrail)  the German minelayer Konigen Luise  they took part in most of the naval actions but only a few were at Jutland.   and during the war they formed the famous "Harwich force"

HMS Llewellyn 30th October 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in March 1922.
HMS Lennox 17th March 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. She was on of the ships to sink the u-boats U115, U117, U118 and U119 on 17th October 1914. Sold for breaking in October 1921.
HMS Loyal 11th November 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. She was on of the ships to sink the u-boats U115, U117, U118 and U119 on 17th October 1914. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Legion 3rd February 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. Converted to minelayer in 1917. She was on of the ships to sink the u-boats U115, U117, U118 and U119 on 17th October 1914. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Laforey 28th March 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. Mined and sunk on 25th March 1917.
HMS Lawford 30th October 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. Converted to minelayer in 1917. Sold for breaking in August 1922.
HMS Louis 30th December 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. Wrecked in Suvla Bay on 31st October 1915 and then destroyed and sunk by Turkish shells.
HMS Lydiard 26th February 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Laertes 5th June 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in December 1921.
HMS Lysander 18th August 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in June 1922.
HMS Lance 25th February 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion firing the first shot of the war on 5th August 1914 after intercepting Konigin Luise, and transferred to escort duties after 1917. She was one of the ships to sink the u-boats U115, U117, U118 and U119 on 17th October 1914. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Lookout 27th April 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in August 1922.
HMS Laurel 6th May 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Liberty 15th September 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Lark 26th May 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in January 1923.
HMS Landrail 7th February 1914 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Received damage after colliding with HMS Undaunted in August 1915. Sold for breaking in December 1921.
HMS Laverock 19th November 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Linnet 16th August 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Lochinvar 9th October 1915 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Lassoo 24th August 1915 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. Mined and sunk on 13th August 1916.
HMS Leonidas 30th October 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was a Parsons special.
HMS Lucifer 29th December 1913 Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion and transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in December 1921.

HMS Llewellyn

HMS Llewellyn, 1913.

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HMS Llewellyn, with the bow removed after being torpedoed, 1917.

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HMS LLewellyn.

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HMS Lennox

HMS Lennox c.1914

HMS Loyal

Built by Denny and co at Dumbarton and launched on the 11th November 1913. Served with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla on completion. On the 17th October 1914, along with her sister ships  Legion, Lance, Lennox and HMS Undaunted,  they sank the German Torpedo-boats, S115, S117, S118 and S119  off Texel.  later transferred to escort duties after 1917. Sold for breaking in November 1921.

The Torpedo-Boat Destroyer HMS Loyal

HMS Loyal, 1913.

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HMS Legion

HMS Legion.

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HMS Legion, 1919.

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HMS Laforey

HMS Laforey.

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HMS Laforey with Hospital Ship Gvantully Castle.

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HMS Lawford

HMS Lawford.

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HMS Laertes

HMS Laertes.

HMS Laertes.

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HMS Lysander

HMS Lysander.

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HMS Lysander.

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HMS Lance 

HMS Lance c.1915 ?Walker Archive

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HMS Lance.

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HMS Lookout

HMS Lookout, 1914.

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HMS Laurel

HMS Laurel.  Sent in by Alan Loose

HMS Laurel c.1914

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HMS Liberty

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HMS Liberty.

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HMS Liberty, 1913.

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HMS Lark

HMS Lark, 1914.

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HMS Laverock

HMS Laverock, 1914.

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HMS Linnet

HMS Linnet, 1913.

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HMS Lochinvar

HMS Lochinvar, 1917.

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HMS Leonidas

HMS Leonidas

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HMS Leonidas, 1913.

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