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ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES of WORLD WAR 2

 

HOME FLEET - November to December 1944

 

Transcribed by Don Kindell

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WAR DIARY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HOME FLEET

 

NOVEMBER 1944

(n.b. Summary of Operations at end of month)

 

 

1. HMS. RODNEY (Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet.

 

1st to 30th

Scapa

 

22nd

Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet transferred to IMPLACABLE for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet transferred from IMPLACABLE.

 

 

 

2. HMS INDEFATIGABLE

 

1st-8th

Clyde, Docking

 

8th

Proceeded to Tail o' Bank.

 

15th

Flag of Flag Officer Commanding, Aircraft Carriers, British Home Fleet hoisted.

 

 

 

3. HMS IMPLACABLE

 

1st-22nd

Scapa

 

22nd

Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet transferred from RODNEY

 

 

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa. Flag of Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, transferred to RODNEY

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Escort Carriers, Administered by Rear Admiral Command, First Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

4. HMS CAMPANIA

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

16th

Arrived Belfast

 

25th

Left Belfast. Arrived Clyde

 

26th

Left Clyde

 

27th

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from KENT. Left Scapa on Operation ACUMEN.

 

 

 

5. HMS NAIRANA

 

1st-2nd

At Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

10th

Arrived Clyde for repairs and leave

 

24th

Left Clyde

 

25th

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

 

 

6. HMS PREMIER

 

1st-9th

Clyde

 

9th

Left Clyde

 

10th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

7. HMS PURSUER

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK. Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

28th

Left Scapa

 

29th

Arrived Clyde to give leave before proceeding to U.S.A. to fit catapult

 

29th-30th

Clyde

 

 

 

8. HMS TRACKER

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa.

 

10th

Arrived Clyde for boiler cleaning and leave

 

10th-30th

Clyde

 

 

 

9. HMS TRUMPETER

 

1st-24th

Clyde, boiler cleaning

 

24th

Left Clyde

 

25th

Arrived Scapa

 

25th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

10. HMS VINDEX

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL). Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa. Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to DIADEM.

 

 

Left Scapa

 

10th

Arrived Clyde for repairs and leave

 

10th-30th

Clyde

 

 

 

First Cruiser Squadron (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron)

 

 

 

11. HMS KENT

 

1st-8th

Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Arrived Scapa

 

27th

Left Scapa. Arrived Loch Ewe

 

29th

Left Loch Ewe. Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred to CAMPANIA

 

 

 

12. HMS BERWICK

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola.

 

15th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa (n.b. shows BERWICK departed Kola and arriving Scapa both on 10th. Correction date taken from Summary, q.v.)

 

16th

Arrived Rosyth to give leave

 

16th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

13. HMS DEVONSHIRE

 

1st

Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

14. HMS NORFOLK

 

1st-4th

Tyne, refitting

 

4th

Left Tyne. Arrived Rosyth

 

8th

Left Rosyth

 

9th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

9th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

12. HMS DIADEM (Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

1st-8th

Rosyth, docking

 

8th

Left Rosyth

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

 

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from VINDEX.

 

18th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to BELLONA

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa. Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from BELLONA

 

20th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

16. HMS BELLONA

 

1st-8th

Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Returned to Scapa

 

18th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from DIADEM

 

20th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to DIADEM

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN.

 

 

 

17. HMS DIDO

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

18. HMS EURYALUS

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK. Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

16th

Arrived Scapa to give leave

 

16th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

19. HMS MAURITIUS

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa

 

10th

Arrived Clyde for bombardment training

 

19th

Left Clyde

 

20th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Rosyth to give leave

 

23rd-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

Cruisers temporarily attached for working up

 

 

 

20 HMNZS UGANDA

 

4th

Arrived Scapa from Canada

 

5th

Left Scapa

 

6th

Arrived Tyne, fitting out after U.S.A. refit

 

6th-30th

Tyne

 

 

 

21. HMS NEWFOUNDLAND

 

27th

Arrived Scapa from Clyde to work up

 

27th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyer Depot Ships

 

 

 

22. HMS GREENWICH

 

1st-30th

Scapa

 

7th

Broad Pendant of Commodore (D), Home Fleet, transferred to VINDICTIVE

 

 

 

23. HMS VINDICTIVE (Commodore (D) Home Fleet)

 

1st-5th

Chatham, recommissioning

 

5th

Left Chatham

 

7th

Arrived Scapa. Broad Pendant of Commodore (D) Home Fleet, transferred from GREENWICH

 

7th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyers

 

 

 

Third Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

24. HMS MILNE (Captain (D) Third Destroyer Flotilla

 

1st-30th

Humber, refitting

 

 

 

25. HMS MATCHLESS

 

1st-30th

Humber, refitting

 

 

 

Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

23. HMS ZAMBESI

 

1st-2nd

Dundee for submarine exercises

 

2nd

Left Dundee. Arrived Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Returned to Scapa

 

15th

Left Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Clyde for boiler cleaning

 

24th

Left Clyde escorting NAIRANA and TRUMPETER

 

25th

Arrived Scapa

 

25th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

27. HMS ZEALOUS

 

1st-4th

Scapa

 

4th

Left Scapa for air sear rescue duties with Bomber Command attack on TIRPITZ (Operation CATECHISM)

 

 

Returned to Scapa (operation postponed.)

 

7th

Left Scapa. Arrived Dundee for submarine exercises

 

10th

Left Dundee. Arrived Scapa

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation CATECHISM

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

28. HMS ZEBRA

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa to rendezvous with PREMIER and escort her to Scapa

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Clyde for boiler repairs

 

23rd-30th

Clyde

 

 

 

29. HMS ZEPHYR

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK. Returned to Scapa on account of weather.

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK.

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

30. HMS ZEST

 

1st-30th

Liverpool, refitting

 

 

 

31. HMS ZODIAC

 

1st-8th

Clyde, building

 

8th

Left Clyde

 

9th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

28th

Left Scapa, escorting PURSUER to Mull of Kintyre

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Sixth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

32. HMS CAESAR (Captain (D) Sixth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK. Returned to Scapa on account of weather.

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

 

 

33. HMS CAMBRIAN

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Clyde for boiler cleaning

 

24th

Left Clyde, escorting NAIRANA and TRUMPETER

 

25th

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

 

 

33a. HMS CAPRICE

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMENT

 

 

 

33b. HMS CARRON

 

1st-15th

Clyde, building

 

15th

Left Clyde

 

16th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

28th

Left Scapa , escorting PURSUER to Mull of Kintyre

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

33c. HMS CASSANDRA

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Kola

 

30th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

 

 

Seventeenth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

33d. HMS ONSLOW (Captain (D) Seventeenth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th

Left Scapa. Arrived Loch Ewe

 

29th

Left Loch Ewe for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel.

 

 

 

33e. HMS OBDURATE

 

1st-30th

Tyne, refitting

 

 

 

33f. HMS OBEDIENT

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

10th

Arrived Rosyth for boiler cleaning

 

27th

Left Rosyth. Arrived Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel

 

 

 

34. HMS OFFA

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

 

Left Scapa escorting VINDEX, NAIRANA, and TRACKER to Mull of Kintyre

 

11th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel

 

 

 

35. HMS ONSLAUGHT

 

1st-9th

Hull, refitting

 

9th

Left Hull

 

10th

Arrived Scapa

 

11th

Left Scapa for air sea rescue duties with Bomber Command attack on TIRPITZ (Operation CATECHISM)

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel.

 

 

 

36. HMS OPPORTUNE

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

10th

Left Scapa

 

11th

Arrived Grimsby to refit

 

11th-30th

Grimsby

 

 

 

37. HMS ORIBI

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel

 

 

 

38. HMS ORWELL

 

1st-2nd

Kola (Operation TRIAL)

 

2nd

Left Kola

 

9th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

10th

Arrived Rosyth for boiler cleaning

 

25th

Left Rosyth. Arrived Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Operation ACUMEN

 

30th

Arrived and left Faroes to fuel.

 

 

 

Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

39. HMS SAUMAREZ (Captain (D) Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Captain (D), Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla and staff transferred to MYNGS which became Flotilla Leader of the Twenty-third Flotilla. Captain (D), Twenty-sixth Destroyer Flotilla and staff transferred from MYNGS. SAUMAREZ became Flotilla Leader of Twenty-sixth Destroyer Flotilla

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa

 

30th

Arrived Tyne for refit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

40. HMS SAVAGE

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FREEMAN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Rosyth for boiler clean

 

16th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

41. HMS SCORPION

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FREEMAN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Rosyth for boiler cleaning

 

 

 

42. HMS SCOURGE

 

1st

Arrived Scapa from Clyde

 

 

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Operation HANDFAST

 

20th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

43. HMS SERAPIS

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation GOLDEN

 

6th

Arrived Kola

 

10th

Left Kola

 

15th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Rosyth for boiler cleaning

 

16th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

44. H.No.M.S. STORD

 

1st-24th

Cowes, refitting

 

24th

Left Cowes

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Twenty-sixth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

45. HMS MYNGS (Captain (D) Twenty-sixth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st-7th

Clyde

 

7th

Left Clyde

 

8th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Captain (D), Twenty-sixth Destroyer Flotilla and staff transferred to SAUMAREZ which became Flotilla Leader of the Twenty-sixth Flotilla. Captain (D), Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla and staff transferred from SAUMAREZ. MYNGS became Flotilla Leader of Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa for Rosyth to fit Director Control Tower

 

 

 

46. HMS VENUS

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

 

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa

 

30th

Arrived Rosyth to refit

 

 

 

47. HMS VERULAM

 

1st-4th

Scapa

 

4th

Left Scapa for air/sea rescue duties with Bomber Command attack on TIRPITZ (Operation CATECHISM)

 

 

Proceed to Lerwick (Operation postponed)

 

5th

Left Lerwick for Scapa. Arrived Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa

 

15th

Arrived Humber for refit

 

15th-30th

Humber

 

 

 

48. HMS VIGILANT

 

1st-12th

Grimsby, refitting

 

12th

Left Grimsby

 

13th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

49. HMS VIRAGO

 

1st-30th

Leith, refitting

 

 

 

50. HMS VOLAGE

 

1st- 15th

Rosyth

 

15th

Left Rosyth. Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

26th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa

 

30th

Arrived Rosyth to refit

 

 

 

51. HMCS ALGONQUIN

 

1st-8th

Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

9th

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

11th

Left Scapa for Operation COUNTERBLAST

 

13th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Transferred to 23rd Destroyer Flotilla

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

52. HMCS SIOUX

 

1st-15th

Rosyth

 

15th

Left Rosyth. Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Transferred to 23rd Destroyer Flotilla

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Operation PROVIDENT

 

29th

Returned to Scapa

 

29th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyers Temporarily Attached

 

 

 

53. HMS IROQUOIS

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa

 

7th

Arrived Clyde to come under the Orders of Commander in Chief, Plymouth

 

 

 

54. HMS NUBIAN

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

 

Returned to Scapa on account of weather

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation STEAK

 

16th

Returned to Scapa. Left Scapa

 

18th

Arrived Milford Haven to come under the orders of Commander in Chief, Plymouth

 

 

 

Destroyers attached for working up

 

 

 

55. HMS COWDRAY

 

1st-4th

Scapa

 

4th

Left Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Sheerness for Nore Command

 

 

 

56. HMS MENDIP

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa to rendezvous with PREMIER and escort her to Scapa

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

24th

Left Scapa

 

26th

Arrived Sheerness for Nore Command

 

 

 

57. HMS BLENCATHRA

 

18th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

18th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

58. HMS ULSTER

 

14th

Left Cardiff

 

16th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

16th-30th

Scapa

 

 

Operations

 

Operation TRIAL (26th October – 9 November)

See War Diary for October 1944

 

 

Operation GOLDEN (31st October-15 November)

Object: The safe conduct of convoys JW 61A and RA 61A to and from North Russia with Russian prisoners of war and the Norwegian contingent and stores for liberated Northern Norway.

 

Forces taking part were: BERWICK, CAMPANIA, SAUMAREZ (Captain (D) Twentythird Destroyer Flotilla), SCOURGE, SERAPIS, CAPRICE, CAMBRIAN, CASSANDRA

 

Remarks: Operation successful

 

Operation FREEMAN (3rd to 15th November 1944)

Object: To take Norwegians and stores to Kola, returning with RA 61A

 

Forces taking part were: SCORPION, SAVAGE

 

Remarks: Operation successful

 

Operation COUNTERBLAST (11th-13th November 1944)

Object: The destruction of shipping off the south west coast of Norway.

 

Forces taking part were: KENT (Rear Admiral Commanding, 1st Cruiser Squadron), BELLONA, MYNGS (Captain (D) 26th Destroyer Flotilla), ZAMBESI, VERULAM, ALGONQUIN

 

Remarks: Convoy off 11 ships destroyed, with possibly one exception. Fighter cover was provided by Operation STEAK.

 

Operation STEAK (12th-16th November 1944)

Object:

(i) To give fighter cover for operation COUNTERBLAST.

(ii) To carry out an attack by fighter aircraft on shipping in the Vingvaagen anchorage or sweep off the Leads to westward.

 

Forces taking part: EURYALUS, PURSUER, CAESAR (Captain (D) 6th Destroyer Flotilla), NUBIAN, VENUS, ZEPHYR

 

Remarks: One trawler sunk, one set on fire. Radar Station bombed

 

Operation HANDFAST (19th-20th November 1944

Object: To lay mines in Salhusstrommen.

 

Forces taking part: DIADEM, PREMIER, PURSUER, ZEALOUS, ONSLAUGHT, SCORPION, SCOURGE

 

Remarks: Mines laid and several targets strafed.

 

Operation PROVIDENT (22nd -29th November 1944)

Object: Any of the following:

(i) Bombing attack on U-boat depot ships

(ii) Mining of Stoff, Meloysund, of Ramsoyund

(iii) Fighter attack on Bardenfoss airfield

(iv) Bombing of ferry service between Banaasjoen and Rorvik

(v) Attack of shipping between Lodingen and Rorvik.

 

Forces Taking Part:

Force 7: IMPLACABLE (Commander in Chief, Home Fleet), DIDO, MYNGS (Captain (D) 23rd Destroyer Flotilla) SCORPION, SCOURGE, SIOUX, ZEPHYR, ALGONQUIN

Force 8: DEVONSHIRE, PREMIER, PURSUER, SAUMAREZ (Captain (D) 26th Destroyer Flotilla), VOLAGE, ZEALOUS, VENUS, VIGILANT

 

Remarks: Shipping attacked successfully, including two troopships sunk

  

Operation ACUMEN (30th November -18th December 1944

See War Diary for December 1944

 

 

Changes of Flag

 

Commander in Chief - The Flag of commander in Chief, Home Fleet, was transferred from RODNEY to IMPLACABLE from 22nd to 29th November for Operation PROVIDENT

 

Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron - The Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron, was transferred from KENT to CAMPANIA on 30 November for Operation ACUMEN

 

Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron - The Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron, which was being flown in VINDEX for Operation GREYSTOKE, was transferred to DIADEM on 9th November and from DIADEM to BELLONA from 19th to 20th November during Operation HANDFAST

 

 

 


 

 

WAR DIARY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HOME FLEET

 

DECEMBER 1944

(n.b. Summary of Operations at end of month)

 

 

1. HMS RODNEY (Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet)

 

1st to 31st

Scapa

 

 

 

2. HMS IMPLACABLE

 

1st to 6th

Scapa

 

6th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from DIADEM for Operation URBANE.

 

 

Left Scapa

 

9th

Returned Scapa. Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to DIADEM

 

10th

Left Scapa for Rosyth for docking and leave

 

11th

Arrived Rosyth

 

11th-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

Escort Carriers, Administered by Rear Admiral Command, First Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

3. HMS CAMPANIA

 

1st

At sea with JW 62 (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron.

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

 

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron to KENT

 

19th

Left Scapa with NAIRANA for Greenock.

 

20th

Arrived Clyde

 

20th-31st

Clyde

 

 

 

4. HMS NAIRANA

 

1st

At sea with JW 62

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa with CAMPANA for Greenock

 

20th

Arrived Clyde

 

28th

Left Clyde

 

29th

Arrived Scapa

 

29th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

5. HMS PREMIER

 

1st-6th

Scapa, repairing weather damage

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation URBANE

 

9th

Returned to Scapa

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation LACERATE

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Greenock

 

23rd

Arrived Clyde

 

23rd-31st

Clyde

 

 

 

6. HMS VINDEX

 

1st-26th

Clyde

 

26th

Left Clyde

 

27th

Arrived Scapa

 

31st

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from DIADEM. Left Scapa to escort JW 63 to North Russia

 

 

 

7. HMS TRUMPETER

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation URBANE

 

9th

Returned Scapa

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation LACERATE

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

21st

Left Scapa for Operation FRETSAW (Force 4)

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

First Cruiser Squadron (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron)

 

 

 

8. HMS KENT

 

1st-7th

Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for Clyde to carry out bombardment practices

 

8th

Arrived Clyde

 

16th

Left Lamlash for Scapa

 

17th

Arrived Scapa

 

18th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from CAMPANIA.

 

19th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred to NORFOLK

 

20th

Left Scapa for Gareloch to be reduced to reserve category B.

 

21st

Arrived Clyde

 

30th

Administration transferred to Flag Officer in Charge, Greenock

 

 

 

9. HMS NORFOLK

 

1st

Scapa

 

19th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from KENT

 

21st

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred to DEVONSHIRE

 

 

Left Scapa for Operation FRETSAW (Force 4)

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

24th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from DEVONSHIRE at 1000

 

23rd-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

10 HMS BERWICK

 

1st

Rosyth, docking and leave

 

2nd

Unbasined and left Scapa

 

3rd

Arrived Scapa

 

11th

Left Scapa for Plymouth

 

12th

Arrived Plymouth

 

 

Sailed Plymouth for Bizerta

 

19th

Left Malta

 

23rd

Arrived Clyde

 

24th

Left Clyde

 

25th

Arrived Scapa

 

25th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

11. HMS DEVONSHIRE

 

1st

Scapa

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation LACERATE

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

21st

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from NORFOLK.

 

24th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred to NORFOLK

 

 

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

12. HMS DIADEM (Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to IMPLACABLE

 

 

Left Scapa for Operation URBANE

 

9th

Returned Scapa. Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from IMPLACABLE

 

20th

Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron in DIADEM left Scapa for Operation “FRETSAW”

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

29th

Left Scapa for Aultbea for convoy conferences

 

 

Arrived Aultbea

 

30th

Left Aultbea

 

 

Arrived Scapa

 

31st

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Ten Cruiser Squadron transferred to VINDEX. Left Scapa for JW 63.

 

 

 

13. HMS BELLONA

 

1st

At sea with JW 62

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

18th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

14, HMS MAURITIUS

 

1st-10th

Rosyth, docking and leave

 

10th

Left Rosyth for Scapa

 

11th

Arrived Scapa

 

20th

Left Scapa for Operation FRETSAW (Force 3)

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

15 HMS DIDO

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa to Rosyth for leave

 

10th

Arrived Rosyth

 

27th

Left Rosyth

 

28th

Arrived Scapa

 

28th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

Cruisers temporarily attached for working up

 

 

 

16. HMS EURYALUS

 

1st

Rosyth, docking and leave

 

13th

Left Rosyth for Liverpool

 

15th

Arrived Liverpool

 

 

Left Liverpool for Far East

 

 

 

17. HMS NEWFOUNDLAND

 

1st-19th

Scapa, working up

 

19th

Left Scapa for Greenock, thence Gibraltar

 

20th

Arrived Clyde

 

20th

Sailed Clyde for Gibraltar

 

23rd

Arrived Gibraltar to continue working up in Mediterranean

 

 

 

18 HMNZS UGANDA

 

1st

Tyne fitting out after refit in U.S.A.

 

12th

Left Tyne for Scapa via Rosyth

 

14th

Left Rosyth

 

14th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

31st

Left Scapa for Greenock.

 

 

 

19. HMS APOLLO

 

1st-28th

Milford Haven

 

28th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

29th

Arrived Scapa

 

29th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyer Depot Ships

 

 

 

20. HMS VINDICTIVE (Commodore (D) Home Fleet)

 

1st-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

21. HMS GREENWICH

 

1st-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyers

 

 

 

Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

22. HMS ZEPHYR (Captain (D) Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

1st

Scapa, docking

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation LACERATE

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Rosyth for boiler clean and leave

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

27th

Left Scapa

 

28th

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa to do anti-U-boat sweep to east of Orkney

 

31st

Mined in 58-57N, 04-00W

 

 

Arrived Scapa

 

 

 

23. HMS ZAMBESI

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation URBANE

 

9th

Returned Scapa

 

15th

Left Scapa, with STORD, to escort SPEAKER to Belfast. On completion proceeded to Clyde to operate under the Orders of Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

16th

Arrived Clyde

 

23rd

Arrived Milford Haven

 

26th

Left Milford Haven escorting tanker

 

28th

Arrived Scapa

 

31st

Left Scapa to escort JW 63

 

 

 

24 HMS ZEALOUS

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation URBANE

 

9th

Returned Scapa

 

12th

Left Scapa for Operation LACERATE

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

21st

Left Scapa for Operation FRETSAW (Force 4)

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa to do Anti-U-boat hunt to east of Orkney

 

31st

Returned to Scapa

 

 

 

23 HMS ZEBRA

 

1st

Glasgow, refitting

 

18th

Left Greenock for Stranraer, thence Scapa

 

18th

Left Stranraer

 

19th

Arrived Scapa

 

21st

Left Scapa for Operation FRETSAW (Force 4)

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

31st

Left Scapa to escort JW 63.

 

 

 

26. HMS ZEST

 

1st

Liverpool, refitting

 

14th

Left Liverpool for Scapa

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

15th-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

27. HMS ZODIAC

 

1st

Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

 

Arrived Rosyth

 

7th

Left Rosyth

 

8th

Arrived Scapa

 

11th

Left Scapa escorting IMPLACABLE to May Island with VIGILANT, then to Dundee

 

11th

Arrived Dundee

 

14th

Left Dundee for Scapa escorting SPEAKER to Duncansby Head.

 

15th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa to escort PREMIER until relieved by Western Approaches escorts in North Minches; thence Scapa.

 

22nd

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

Sixth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

28. HMS CAESAR (Captain (D) Sixth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st

At sea with JW 62

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa escorting CAMPANIA and NAIRANA, thence to Liverpool for boiler clean and leave.

 

 

When ready for service temporarily under the orders of Commander in Chief, Western Approaches.

 

20th

Arrived Liverpool

 

20th-31st

Detached.

 

 

 

29. HMS CAMBRIAN

 

1st

At sea with JW 62

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa escorting NAIRANA and CAMPANIA, returning to Scapa

 

20th

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa to escort PREMIER until relieved by Western Approaches escorts in North Minches; thence to Scapa

 

22nd

Arrived Scapa

 

30th

Left Scapa to do anti-U-boat hunt to east of Orkney

 

31st

Arrived Scapa

 

 

 

30. HMS CAPRICE

 

1st

At sea with JW 62

 

18th

Arrived Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa escorting NAIRANA and CAMPANIA, then Greenock for boiler clean and leave. When ready for service temporarily under the orders of Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

20th

Arrived Clyde

 

20th-31st

Detached

 

 

 

31. HMS CARRON

 

1st-6th

Scapa, working up

 

6th

Left Scapa with 25th Escort Group for Anti-U-boat hunt off Cape Wrath under Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

7th

Returned to Scapa

 

 

Left Scapa to escort KENT to Minches

 

8th

Returned to Scapa

 

8th-31st

Scapa