9 4 3
Build completion and formally transferred
to Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS
Carried out sea trials.
On completion took passage to Esquimalt
Under modification by HM Canadian
Dockyard to suit RN requirements for
Nominated for service in 1st Aircraft
Squadron, Eastern Fleet and to make direct
with call in Australia.
Carried out further sea trials after
completion of dockyard work
9 4 4
Sailed from Vancouver
for San Francisco
Embarked aircraft for transport
Photograph in ROYAL NAVY ESCORT CARRIERS
by D Hobbs shows
WILDCAT and P40 aircraft loaded on flight
deck at a US
As ship was not in USA
after early 1944 the destination of these
aircraft is to be
Same reference quoted AVENGER aircraft
which had been flown to San
Took passage from San
Francisco to Melbourne, Australia.
Disembarkation of aircraft to be
Took passage to Colombo
Called at Fremantle.
Passage in Indian
Arrived at Colombo
after call at Cochin.
of aircraft at Cochin
to be confirmed
Deployed in Eastern Fleet for aircraft
Sailed from Colombo
Nominated for convoy defence in Indian Ocean
Deployed in Bombay
Took passage to Colombo
Arrived At Colombo
WILDCAT aircraft embarked for trade
protection duties with 851 Squadron.
Passage to Trincomalee to commenced
trade protection duties.
Arrived at Trincomalee
Sailed from Trincomalee for trade
Deployed for trade defence in Indian Ocean
Aircraft carried out anti-submarine
patrols and search for blockade runners.
Submarines were active in Indian Ocean. See WAR WITH JAPAN
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton.).
Deployed in Indian
Ocean for convoy defence with HMS BEGUM as
part of Force 66.
(For details of U-Boat search operations
see SEEK and STRIKE by W
Took part in anti-submarine operations in
with HMS BEGUM, HM
Frigates FINDHORN, INVER, LOSSIE and
PARRET, HM Indian Sloop GODAVARI,
and SUTLEJ as Force 66..See above references
Embarked AVENGER aircraft carried out
attack on U198 without evidence of damage.
Following further air operations and
search by frigates of Force 66 this U-Boat
sighted by aircraft from this ship.
was sunk by HMIS GODAVARI and HMS FINDHORN
U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp and above reference.)
Provide air cover for routine convoy from
Kilindini to to
Deployed with Force 66 for searches in Indian Ocean to intercept U-Boats on passage to
from Dutch East Indies.
Passage to Cochin
Deployed for interception of two Japanese
submarines known to be on passage from Jakarta
submarines were not intercepted.)
Deployed with ships of Task Force 66 and
shore based aircraft in search for two
submarines in Bay of Bengal..
Transferred to East Indies Fleet on
formation when other ships of Eastern
British Pacific Fleet.
Eastern Fleet duties in continuation.
9 4 5
Joined HM Escort Carriers, BEGUM, EMPRESS,
EMPEROR and EMPRESS in 21st
Squadron, East Indies Fleet at Colombo.
Detached as required
Ocean trade defence and interceptions.
Sailed for Trincomalee for
Nominated for refit and took passage to Durban
Carried out anti-submarine patrols on
Arrived at Durban.
Carried out post refit trials
Took passage to Kilindini
Sailed from Kilindini to rejoin East
Indies Fleet at Trincomalee with call on
passage at Colombo.
Nominated for support
of planned allied landings in Burma.
(For details of East Indies area operations see OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray,
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by
J Winton and WAR WITH JAPAN
On arrival at Trincomalee joined HM
Battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH,
HM Cruisers CUMBERLAND, SUFFOLK and Dutch
EMPRESS in Force 63 to provide cover for
landings at Rangoon by attacks
on Car Nicobar
and Port Blair in
(Note HELLCAT, SEAFIRE and AVENGER
aircraft with personnel were embarked.)
Sailed for BISHOP from Trincomalee with
Force 63 screened by HM Destroyers PENN,
TARTAR and ROTHERHAM.
Air strikes made on airfields at Car Nicobar
and the harbour at Port Blair during
ships of Force 63.
Provided cover for Force 63 ships during
bombardment at Car Nicobar
Air cover provision during further
bombardments by Force 63.
Carried out shipping attacks during Force
63 operations off Burma.
Returned to Trincomalee with ships of
East Indies Fleet.
Sailed from Trincomalee with HMS ROYALIST,
HMS HUNTER, HMS KHEDIVE and
HMS EMPEROR of
the 21st Squadron as part of
(Force 61 also included HMS QUEEN
ELIZABETH, FS RICHELIEU, HM
and Dutch TROMP
screened by HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ,
VENUS, VIGILANT, TARTAR, NUBIAN and ROTHERHAM to intercept Japanese vessels
reported to be
evacuating the Andaman and Nicobar
garrisons. (Operation DUKEDOM).
Detached with 21st Squadron, HMS
CUMBERLAND and HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ,
VENUS, VERULAM, VIGILANT and VIRAGO of
26th Destroyer Flotilla to carry out
on ships at Nancowry
Flying operations delayed by defective
catapult and AVENGERS transferred to HMS
sighted by air reconnaissance off Penang
from this ship
without success. One aircraft was shot
and aircrew later captured when dinghy
drifted ashore in Burma.)
Further sighting by 851 Squadron aircraft
identified enemy ships as a cruiser and
attacked by aircraft.
Enemy ship which
altered course after hits.
Surface interception was then made by
destroyers of the 26th Flotilla.
The sinking of Japanese cruiser HAGURO
followed a brilliantly executed
attack is described in SINK THE HAGURO by
J Winton and the
WAR WITH JAPAN
Rejoined ships of East Indies Fleet for
return passage to Trincomalee.
Arrived at Trincomalee.
Deployed at Bombay
Sailed from Bombay
to rejoin Fleet at Trincomalee.
Deployed for Fleet
cover and convoy defence duties with
See above references for details of naval
activities off Burma.
Nominated for support of planned landings
landings were postponed because of
problems relating to the return of
personnel from the Far
East under the PYTHON scheme and the
US for delay pending planned Pacific
See Final Report of SEAC (HMSO) and above references.)
Fleet duties in
Nominated for anti-submarine operations in
support of transit of ZIPPER convoys
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes was changed to R312 to conform
with US Navy
identity for this type of warship.)
Carried out anti-submarine operations
(Note: Area of
these operations to be established.)
Returned to Colombo