1955 - Launch of LEOPARD
23rd May. The launching of HMS Leopard. She was one of a class of four vessels designed as Anti-Aircraft Frigates entitled Type 41 although they were affectionately were known as the cat class. She was the first warship to be built in Portsmouth after the war and the first all welded ship to be built in the yard. The launch was performed by Princess Marie Louise, in perfect weather and with an audience of over 10.000 people. The Princess borrowed a coin in order to pay for the scissors which she used to perform the naming ceremony. HMS Leopard was broken up in 1978.