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September Contractors trials.
6th Build completion and commenced acceptance trials.
13th Docked in Clyde.
out First of Class and special, trials.
to Nominated for service in Eastern Mediterranean.
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to Alexandria for support of military operations by 8th Army.
February Arrived at Alexandria and retained for use as AA Guardship at Suez
March . Guardship deployment in continuation.
for support of planned allied landings in North Africa.
to Gibraltar to Join Eastern Naval Task
October Deployed at
November Prepared for support of landings.
in support of landings at
TORCH - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
Barnett and Naval Staff History).
11th Damaged in air attacks at Bougie.
Passage to UK for repair.
Under repair and refit by Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead.
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January Under repair and refit.
to Radar Type 281 replaced by 279 (See RADAR
AT SEA BY D Howe.)
May On completion of repair deployed in central Mediterranean.
refit trials and work-up in Home waters.
Nominated for support of allied landings in Sicily
(Operation HUSKY - For detail see
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by C. Barnett and Naval
join British Support Force East
5th Sailed from
7th Joined assault convoy KMS18 during
(Note: Other ships in Support Force East included HM
Monitor ABERCROMBIE, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND, MAURITIUS, UGANDA, ORION, CARLISLE and COLOMBO
with destroyer screen.. See
10th Provided gunfire
support with Force Q during landings of XXX Corps.
August HUSKY support duties in continuation.
Bombarded coast road near Taormina to impede
Covered Commando raid near Taormina.
Nominated for support of British landings
on Italian mainland.
(Operation BAYTOWN - See above references).
2nd Bombarded coast between Reggie Calabria
and Pessaro with HM Monitors EREBUS,
HM Battleships VALIANT, WARSPITE,. HM Cruisers ORION
3rd Provided naval gunfire support during
landings by British XIII corps near Reggie
and Villa San Giovanni with HMS ABERCROMBIE, HMS EREBUS, HMS
. MAURITIUS, HM River Gunboats APHIS and SCARAB.
9th Joined Northern Attack Force (TF85)
for support during Salerno landings.
AVALANCHE: For details see above references.)
13th Provided gunfire support during German
attacks on bridgehead with HMS MAURITIUS,
ORION, HMS UGANDA, HMS AURORA, US Navy cruisers USS PHILADELPHIA
16th USS BOISE and RN
sustained air attacks including radio controlled bombs. See above
October Military support off Italian
west coast in continuation.
to On release from Mediterranean support took passage to UK.
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in Home waters.
for support of allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE)
for duty in Bombarding Force D attached to Force S
for duty with Bombarding Force at Portsmouth.
(For details of activities prior to and during
landings see LANDINGS IN NORMANDY.
June 1944 (HMSO) and OPERATION NEPTUNE by K.
Nominated target in Pre-Arranged Fire Plan - Houlgate Battery or Gorneville sur Mer as
4th Operation delayed 24 hours.
5th Joined HM Battleships WARSPITE and
RAMILLIES, HM Cruisers MAURITIUS,
FROBISHER and Polish ORP DRAGON comprising Bombarding
D off Portsmouth.
Passage through swept channel with
6th On arrival off SWORD Beach took up bombarding position.
Provided gunfire support in accordance with fire-plan.
15in Gun burst jacket.
7th Returned to Portsmouth for
repair, and replenishment of stores and ammunition.
support deployment in Eastern Task Force area.
26th Provided naval gunfire support for
British Army attacks in Caen area with HM Battleship
RODNEY, HM Cruisers ARGONAUT,
support to land operations in continuation.
11th Provided gunfire
support to land operations with HMS BELFAST.
release from Post NEPTUNE support remained in Home waters for support of
planned allied landings.
for support of British landings at Walcheren.
(Operation INFATUATE - For details see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
and CAMPAIGN NORTH WEST EUROPE, June 1944 to
May 1945 (HMSO).)
HMS WARSPITE and HM Monitor
31st Passage to Walcheren with ships of Bombarding
1st Provided gunfire
support with Squadron during assault at Westkappelle.
2nd Provided further
support with HMS EREBUS.
HMS WARSPITE had left area.).
in Home waters for support duties if required.
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for duty in British Pacific Fleet and prepared for foreign
service in support of planned
August Passage to join Fleet.
15th At Kilindini