HMS Lagos (D44)

HMS "Lagos" (D44) was a "Battle"-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named in honour of the Battle of Lagos which happened in 1759 off the coast of Portugal, between the Royal Navy and a French fleet, resulting in a British victory. "Lagos" was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead. She was launched on 4 August 1944 and commissioned on 2 November 1945.

In 1946, "Lagos" deployed to the Far East with the 19th Destroyer Flotilla, but just the following year, "Lagos", along with the rest of the Flotilla, returned home to the UK, visiting a variety of ports on fly-the-flag visits, mainly in Malaya. Upon returning to the UK, "Lagos" was placed in Reserve.

In 1957, "Lagos" joined the 1st Destroyer Squadron, seeing service with the Home and Mediterranean Fleets. The following year, "Lagos", with the rest of the squadron, joined the Far East Fleet. In 1959, in the aftermath of her sister-ship "Hogue's", which had suffered extensive damaged in a collision with the Indian warship INS "Mysore", "Lagos", as-well as another sister-ship, "Solebay", towed "Hogue" to Singapore. In 1960, "Lagos" was decommissioned, being scrapped at Bo'ness in 1967.


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