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    The Leander Class Frigate H.M.S. Juno, is to be launched at the yard of Messrs.?

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    Background: The Leander Class Frigate H.M.S. Juno, is to be launched at the yard of Messrs. John I. Thornycroft and Co. Ltd., Southampton, on Wednesday, November 24th, 1965 at 1115 a.m.

    This seventh major vessel to be built for the Royal Navy this year, and the seventh ship to be called Juno, is to be named by Lady Bush, wife of Vice-Admiral Sir John F. D. Bush, K.C.B., D.S.C. and two bars. The religious service will be conducted by the Lord Bishop of Southampton.

    The standard displacement of the Leander Class is about 2,000 tons and the ship has an overall length of 372 feet and a beam of 41 feet. Her armament will consist of 4.5-inch guns in a twin mounting directed by a fully automatic radar-controlled fire control and gun direction system; a Seacat ship-to-air guided missile system, and an anti-submarine mortar. She will be fitted with the latest equipment for detecting and attacking submarines, and will carry a helicopter.

    H.M.S. Juno will have the same improved bridge structure as her sister ships to give greater all-round visibility than has previously been possible in ships with enclosed bridges. In the operation room, information will be handled and presented using semi-automatic techniques.

    As with other ships of the class, a high standard of accommodation has been achieved for the ship's complement of 17 officers and 246 ratings. This includes bunk sleeping, separate dining halls and cafeteria messing. Modern electric galleys are being installed and the ship will be air-conditioned throughout the operational spaces and mess decks.

    The main machinery is being supplied by Messrs. John I. Thornycroft and the gearing by David Brown.

    The first H.M.S. Juno of 32 guns and 667 tons was built at Rotherhithe and was launched on September 29th, 1757. The fifth Juno was a light cruiser with 11 six-inch guns built at Barrow and launched in 1895 which became Flagship of the 11th cruiser squadron in 1915. The sixth ship of the same name was ex-Jamaica, a destroyer of 1,690 tons, launched in 1938 and sunk by aircraft bombs during the battle of Crete on May 21st, 1941.

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