HMS Lance

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Two British Royal Navy warships have been called HMS Lance after the spear.

  • The first HMS Lance was a destroyer launched at Thornycroft in 1914, and fired the first British shot of World War I on 5 August 1914 when she intercepted the German Konigin Luise.
  • The second HMS Lance was a L and M class destroyer launched in 1940 and sunk by aircraft at Malta on 9 April 1942. She was salvaged and towed to Chatham but found on arrival to be beyond repair.