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Build completion date and carried out sea
Transferred to Royal Navy and commissioned
as HMS PURSUER.
Prepared for ocean
Sailed for Panama.
Transit of Panama
Arrived at Norfolk,
Taken in hand for some
modification to suit RN Use.
On completion of dockyard work took
passage to New
Joined inward Convoy HX250 for passage to
(Note: Use of ship to transport aircraft
to be confirmed.)
Detached from HX250 and took passage to Liverpool.
Taken in hand in Liverpool
commercial shipyard to complete extensive
to suit RN use
as an Assault Carrier.)
(Note: Changes as result of loss of HMS
AVENGER to be confirmed.)
Prepared for operational service
Sailed for Clyde
Embarked 20 WILDCAT
aircraft and personnel of 881 AND
Deployed at Greenock.
Under repair in Belfast.
On completion of repair prepared for
Commenced work-up in Irish
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Allocated for deployment in Western
Approaches for convoy defence.
On completion of work-up deployed
with Support Group for provision of
passage of Atlantic convoys.
(For details of anti-submarine operations
in the Atlantic
see THE BATTLE OF THE
by D MacIntyre,
U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC (HMSO) and SEEK
STRIKE by W
Provided cover for passage of outward
joint Convoy OS67/KMS41 during passage.
(Note: During this period aircraft from Gibraltar
shot down FW200 aircraft
convoy movements on 12th for subsequent
U-Boat attacks by He177 aircraft
used to carry
cut Glider Bomb attacks.
See BATTLE OVER THE BAY by N Franks and
the above references.)
Transferred to support
inward Convoy SL149 later.
Returned to Clyde
on release from Atlantic convoy defence
(Note: SL149 arrived in Liverpool on 7th.)
Sailed for Scapa
Flow for detached service with Home Fleet
ships during planned provision
Cover for passage of Convoy JW58 to Kola
Inlet and air attacks on German
TIRPITZ (Operation TUNGSTEN).
Sailed from Scapa
Flow with HM Battleships ANSON and DUKE OF
YORK, HM Aircraft
Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM Escort Carriers
EMPEROR, SEARCHER and FENCER, HM
SHEFFIELD and JAMAICA screened by 14 Home
Fleet destroyers to
cover JW58 and
For details see CONVOY
P Kemp and Naval Staff History.
Deployed with the Escort Carriers as Force
8 to provide fighter cover and patrols
HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS joined
operation after independent passage from Scapa
Provided fighter cover during attacks on
TIRPITZ in Altenfjord
by HMS VICTORIOUS
(For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by C Barnett and The Naval Staff
Return passage to Scapa
Flow with TUNGSTEN ships.
convoy defence duties.
Deployed with HM Fleet Aircraft Carriers
VICTORIOUS, FURIOUS, HM Escort Aircraft
SEARCHER, EMPEROR and STRIKER for air
attacks on shipping in Bodo
(*Operations RIDGE ABLE and RIDGE BAKER.)
RIDGE BAKER attacks off Rorvik
cancelled due to weather conditions.
(Note: Ship sustained storm damage.)
On return to Scapa
Flow took passage to Liverpool for repair.
Taken in hand for repair
Nominated for support
of planned allied allied
landings in Normandy
- For details of naval activities before
and during landings see
by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
June 1944 (HMSO).
Deployed with HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
TRACKER and EMPEROR in a position 150
miles west of
Lands End to carry out anti-submarine
patrols to intercept U-Boat attempt
to enter English Channel for attacks on invasion traffic. Sic Escort Groups were
in this area to
provide additional support.
(Note: Few contacts were made. See above
On release from NEPTUNE
landed WILDCAT aircraft of 896 Squadron.
Resumed convoy defence
role in Western Approaches.
Nominated for support of planned allied
landings in South France.
(Operation DRAGOON formerly ANVIL)
Passage from Clyde to join Mediterranean
Fleet in Malta with Squadron 881 embarked.
Joined HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
KHEDIVE, EMPEROR ,
SEARCHER and ATTACKER
to provide air cover during assault phase
of operation. as
part of Carrier Task Force (TF88)
(Note: TF88 commanded by Rear Admiral T Troubridge,
RN in HM Cruiser ROYALIST.
Passage to assault area with TG88,1
(Note: HM Destroyers TROUBRIDGE, TUSCAN,
TUMULT, TEAZER, TYRIAN, WHEATLAND
and the Greek
NAVARINO deployed as screen.)
Arrived in assault area with carriers of
Carried out air strikes and spotting for
naval gunfire support as Combat Patrols
for defence of area
(For details see INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF
Took passage with Task Group to Maddalena
to replenish, refuel and rest crew.
Returned to assault area and resumed
Attacks carried cut on retreating enemy
Took passage to Maddalena.
Released from DRAGOON and resumed RN
(Note: 180 sorties were launched during
Five aircraft were lost.)
Nominated for service in British Aegean
Force and took passage to Alexandria
CVE and destroyer screen.
Arrived at Alexandria.
Joined British Aegean Force with HM Escort
Aircraft Carriers EMPEROR, ATTACKER,
HUNTER, STALKER, SEARCHER and KHEDIVE for
support of the reoccupation of
in the Aegean.
Took passage to operational area with
Force A including HM Escort Aircraft
KHEDIVE and HUNTER with destroyer screen
(Operation OUTING I)
(Note: Air cover for snore operations and
protection of warships was provided.
Strikes made on shore targets.)
Provided air defence patrols during
Carried out air attacks made on
Aircraft carried out reconnaissance
flights and continued air defence patrols
Aircraft from carriers carried out
bombardment of Rhodes.
(For details of Aegean operations see Military Staff History (HMSO).
Sailed for Alexandria
(Note: 136 sorties were launched during
Deployed at Alexandria.
On release from British Aegean Force took
passage to UK.
Arrived in Clyde
Arrived at Scapa
Flow to resume Home Fleet service.
Deployed at Scapa
Nominated for support of planned attack on
shipping off coast of Norway
Provided air support during attack on German
convoy KS357 off ListerfJord
HM Cruisers KENT, BELLONA HM Destroyers
MYNGS, VERULAM, ZAMBESI
(RCN) as Force 2.
(Note: Post war assessment of losses
included two mercantiles,
M416 and M427.)
Embarked aircraft carried out attack on
shipping in Trondheim
and shore target at Titran.
Returned to Scapa
Deployed with HM Escort Carrier PREMIUM
for air minelay in Salhusstrommen.
Deployed with HM Fleet Aircraft Carrier
IMPLACABLE and HM Escort Aircraft Carrier
PREMIER to carry out air attacks on
shipping between Mosjoen
Returned to Scapa
Flow with HMS PURSUER due to weather
(Note HMS IMPLACABLE was able to execute
attacks during which two ships were sunk.
On return to Scapa Flow took passage to Clyde for repair.
(Note: Squadron aircraft and personnel
Refit arranged in USA
and took passage.
Took passage to Norfolk
from Clyde with US Convoy UC48B.
Taken in hand for repair by US Navy
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Embarked CORSAIR aircraft for transport
(Note: Destined for 1831 Squadron)
Passage to Belfast
A rived at Belfast
and disembarked aircraft
Nominated for service in 21st Aircraft
Carrier Squadron, East Indies Fleet based
Trincomalee after refit in Durban
Embarked 899 Squadron aircraft and
Joined outward convoy KMF42 for passage to
Detached from KMF42 on arrival.
Took passage to Durban
with calls at Freetown
and Cape Town.
Passage in Indian
Taken in hand for refit in Durban
Carried out post refit harbour and sea
Took passage for Colombo
Arrived at Colombo
Took passage to
Trincomalee to join Squadron.
Arrived at Trincomalee and joined HM
Escort Carriers HUNTER, STALKER, ARCHER
KHEDIVE and EMPEROR in 21st Aircraft
Prepared for support
of British landings in Malaya
Operation was delayed by US
insistence and problems in UK relating to
personnel in Far
East. See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by John
Report by Supreme Commander SEAC
Nominated for duty as Communications
Ship during landings in Port Swettenham.
Landed embarked aircraft and prepared for
Embarked Royal Marines for shore duties,
military and air personnel.
Sailed for Port Swettenham
area from Trincomalee and joined an
Arrived at Port Swettenham
and made ready for requirements after
Dickson and Morib.
See above references.
Medical party sent to troopship WINGSANG
which reported case of suspected Bubonic
later proved to be a glandular infection.
Landed armed party and accepted formal
surrender of local garrison.
On release from ZIPPER returned to
Arrived at Trincomalee and deployed for
Nominated for return to UK
Took passage from Colombo
on release from East Indies Fleet
Arrived in Clyde to prepare for transfer
to US Navy
(Note: Ship was de-stored and British