December Commissioned for trials.
16th Build completion and began acceptance trials
1 9 4 5
January Completed acceptance trials.
to Commissioned for
April Embarked aircraft
Worked-up for service with Home Fleet ships.
May Nominated for service in
British Pacific Fleet with HM Light Fleet Carriers GLORY,
VENGEANCE and VENERABLE in 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron.
(Note: Fleet Air Arm Squadrons 827 and 1846 allocated.)
June Prepared for foreign service and took passage to join BPF
passage via Mediterranean to join Fleet in Australia.
August Joined Fleet at Sydney.
15th Reverted to RN control after cessation
of hostilities with Japan.
Force 111 with HM Cruisers BERMUDA and ARGONAUT,
TYRIAN, TUMULT and QUIBERON (RAN) as
Task Unit 111.3.
(Note: After VJ Day American CORSAIR aircraft provided by US
on Lease Lend
were disposed of by ditching in the sea. The loss of such
is beyond explanation.)
September Passage with TU 111.3 to assist in
repatriation of POW and allied nationals.
Nominated for service at Shangahi with
Task Unit. Squadrons disembarked.
3rd Sailed from Leyte.
6th Arrived at Kirun,
Nominated for transport of Prisoners of War from Korea to Manila.
(Note: Passengers may have included civilian internees as
well as PoW.
collectively known as RAPWI - Returning Allied PoW
and Internees. See Note below re accommodation.)
Passage to Formosa.
8th Embarked personnel for repatriation
(Note: Source states port in Korea was JENSON. This cannot be identified.
Alternative of PUSAN is suggested.)
October Passage from Korea to Manila.
4th Disembarked passengers and took passage to Hong Kong on
8th At Hong Kong
Passage to Colombo for service as troop transport.
26th At Colombo.
November Passage to Bombay
4th Disembarked military personnel for
passage to Singapore.
14th Military personnel disembarked at Singapore and on completion took passage
to Ceylon for further trooping duties.
20th At Trincomalee.
December Passage to Colombo to embark military personnel.
3rd Took passage from Colombo to Singapore with military personnel
8th Disembarked troops at Singapore.
Nominated for collection of RAPWI from Java.
(Note: About 900 Passengers were carried and accommodated in
Hangar and on
Mess decks used
by Fleet Air Arm personnel when embarked.)
10th Embarked RAPWI at Batavia for passage to Colombo
18th RAPWI disembarked at Colombo.
(Note: Additional RAPWI were embarked at Semarang, Java during passage.
1 9 4 6
January Nominated for refit in HM
with call at Durban on 13th
Arrived at Simonstown and taken in hand for refit.
to Nominated for
reduction to Reserve in UK on completion.
April Post refit harbour trials
13th Refit work completed.
May Took passage to Portsmouth
June Arrived at Portsmouth and destored.
July Paid off into Reserve.