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Nominated for service in Mediterranean.
22nd Build completion and commenced Acceptance
completion of trials and storing took passage to join Fleet in Mediterranean.
for service with US Task Force 85 to support US landings in Sicily.
HUSKY - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
Naval Staff History and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser.)
assault convoy with US cruisers USS BROOKLYN, BIRMINGHAM, SAVANNAH, BOISE
PHILADELPHIA for passage to Beachhead.
8th Sailed from Tunis to CENT Beach Head
landings by 45th US Infantry Division at Scoglitti in
CENT Sector with USS
PHILADELPHIA and 15 US Navy destroyers.
Porto Espedocle with US warships in support of US 7th
Army with the
US cruisers USS
BIRMINGHAM and PHILADELPHIA.
August Returned to RN service and nominated for support of
British landings on Italian mainland.
BAYTOWN - See above
Bombarded coast between Reggio Calabria and Pessaro with
HM Monitors EREBUS, ROBERTS, HM
VALIANT, WARSPITE, HM Cruisers ORION AND MAURITIUS.
naval gunfire support during landings by British XIII corps near Reggio and Villa San
BAYTOWN transferred to US Command.
Joined Southern Attack Force (TF81) for support during Salerno landings.
(Operation AVALANCHE - For details see
from Bizerta with Convoy
Paestum with USS PHILADELPHIA, USS SAVANNAH, USS BROOKLYN,
Dutch Gunboat FLORES and 17 US Navy destroyers.
Sustained serious damage by mine.