HMS Defence the last armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy. she was commissioned in Feb. of 1909. 519ft long with 2 4cyl triple expansion engines she made 27,000hp, good for 22.9kts. main battery of 9.2" guns and secondary of 7.5" guns. as flagship of the 1st cruiser squadron under rear admiral Robert Arbuthnot HMS Defence went up in a ball of flame after being hit with a salvo of 12" shells from the German battlecruisers. 903 perished in this tragic occurance.