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Contractors harbour trials
service with Home Fleet.
Build completion and commenced
Acceptance Trials in Clyde
On completion of trials, storing and
trials took passage to join Home Fleet
Deployed for landing trials, aircrew
training and work-up for operational
Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
Home Fleet work-up in
part with HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS
in offensive Home Fleet sweep off
Norway to simulate threat of invasion in
Norway and as a diversion during allied
Sicily (Operation GOVERNOR)
Cover of flying operations was
provided by HM Battleships ANSON and DUKE
cruisers of Home Fleet and screen
of destroyers from Scapa Flow.)
with HMS ILLUSTRIOUS in NW Approaches to
carry out anti-submarine air
support of surface operations for convoy
defence by Western Approaches Escort
Nominated for service in Mediterranean
with Force V for support of planned allied
at Salerno, Italy (Operation AVALANCHE)
Passage via Gibraltar to join ships of Force V
Joined HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
ATTACKER, BATTLE, HUNTER and STALKER
Mediterranean in Force V.
Force V –Task Force 88 (Rear Admiral
Carrier Force also comprised
HM Cruisers EURYALUS, CHARYBDIS and
SCYLLA, HM Destroyers
CLEVELAND, HOLCOMBE, ATHERSTONE,
HAYDON, Polish destroyers SLAZAK and
On release from detached
service with Force V took passage to Scapa Flow to resume
Home Fleet duties.
Deployment with Home Fleet in continuation
Nominated for transfer to Eastern
passage to Trincomalee with HM Battleships
QUEEN ELIZABETH, VALIANT,
HM Battlecruiser RENOWN and HM
Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS screened by
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Passage in Mediterranean to Alexandria.
detached on arrival at Alexandria.
Arrived at Trincomalee via Red
Sea to join Eastern Fleet.
Deployed with eastern Fleet
during exercises to prepare for planned
Japanese installations in Sumatra.
During this period ship was deployed
as a Fleet aircraft carrier since her
be used for normal flying operations. The
ship was also available for
aircraft and had repair facilities if
required. No record of participation
operational attacks with Eastern Fleet can
Nominated for transfer to British
Passage in Indian Ocean to Fremantle
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Nominated for special duty.
with HM Cruiser SUFFOLK, HM Destroyers
ULSTER, QUIBERON (RAN)
QUICKMATCH (RAN) as escort for commercial
liner during passage from
Fremantle to Sydney with HRH Duke of Gloucester to take up
as Governor General.
at Sydney to prepare for service in
British Pacific Fleet
Joined Fleet Train Task, Force
112 for aircraft repair and transport in
support of air
by Fleet Aircraft Carriers of British
Took passage to Manus, in Admiralty
Islands with ships of Fleet Train to await
for service in 5th US Fleet in SW
Before formal transfer to US Navy
overall command ships other than Fleet
Train were identified as Task Force
Manus with Fleet Train
details of Fleet Train composition and
function see THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton.)
Deployed at Manus
Pacific Fleet transferred and became Task
ships required for replenishment went to
the US Forward Base at
after the transfer.
See above reference and WAR WITH JAPAN
Deployed at Manus for aircraft repair and
as a Ferry Carrier in support of
carrier deployed for air attacks on
Japanese islands in Sakishima
during US landings on Okinawa (Operation
Transferred to Leyte
for aircraft repair duties when Task Force
Took passage to return to Manus after
of Task Force 57 sailed to continue air
(Operation ICEBERG II)
Deployed at Manus
for repair duties.
Returned to Sydney to prepare for planned
operations against Japanese
British Pacific Fleet,
now designated Task Force 37 and attached
to US 3rd Fleet.
passage to Manus to provide aircraft
repair during planned operations off
Aircraft repair and transport duties based
at Manus in continuation.
Replacement aircraft required were
ferried from Sydney to Manus.)
Manus duties in continuation.