9 4 3
Build completion and commissioned for
Royal Navy service as HMS TRUMPETER
Carried out sea
trials and shakedown.
Took passage to Norfolk
Transit of Panama
Passage to east coast of USA.
Arrived at Norfolk Va.
Embarked AVENGER and
CORSAIR aircraft for delivery to RN.
Sailed for New York
Deployed at New York.
Sailed from New
York for Clyde.
Passage with routine convoy to be
Disembarked aircraft at Belfast
Nominated for service as a Ferry Carrier
Commenced service and took passage to
New York to embark aircraft.
Completed first ferry carrier trip and
returned to New York for second load.
9 4 4
Completed second passage and nominated
for refit at Dundee.
Taken in hand for refit by commercial
Nominated for Home Fleet deployment on
Carried out post refit trials on
completion of shipyard work
Passage to Rosyth for further
modifications to suit RN service.
These may have included changes to
petrol distribution system required
of HMS DASHER
Deployed in Clyde after embarking 846
Squadron AVENGER aircraft and personnel.
Worked-up in Clyde are for operational
Under repair to post work-up defects
Passage to Scapa Flow on completion
Joined 1st Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet..
Carried out rehearsal in NW Approaches
for planned operation off Norway.
Deployed with HM Aircraft Carrier
INDEFATIGABLE and HM Escort Carrier
HM Cruisers KENT and DEVONSHIRE screened
by HM Destroyers MYNGS,
VIGILANT, VERULAM, VOLAGE, VIRAGO,
SCOURGE, ALGONQUIN (RCN) and
SIOUX for air attacks on airfield at Gossen
and shipping (Operation OFFSPRING).
During air operations six Me110 aircraft
and three steamers were damaged.
Joined HM Aircraft Carriers
INDEFATIGABLE, FORMIDABLE, FURIOUS and
HMS NABOB for air attacks on German
battleship TIRPITZ lying in Kaafjord.
Ships of 5th Escort Group provided
Cover was provided by HM Battleship DUKE
OF YORK, HM Cruisers
DEVONSHIRE and BERWICK screened by HM
Destroyers MYNGS, VIGILANT,
SIOUX (RCN), ALGONQUIN (RCN) KEMPENFELT,
ZAMBESI and Norwegian
details see CONVOY
Operation delayed because of weather
Launched aircraft to carry out
diversionary attacks on airfields at Hammerfest
Attacks made by Fleet carriers were
unsuccessful as approach of aircraft had
Heavy fighter opposition and AA fire
experienced (Operation GOODWOOD.)
See above reference for details.
During the operation HMS NABOB was
torpedoed by U354 and had to be taken
in tow. HM
Frigate BICKERTON was also hit and had
to be sunk.
Passage to Scapa
Deployed with HMS FURIOUS for air
minelay and shipping attacks.
Cover was provided by HM Cruiser
DEVONSHIRE and Force was screened by
HM Destroyers MYNGS, MARNE, MUSKETEER,
Carried cut minelay south of Vosko
Island. (Operation BEGONIA)
Returned to Scapa
Flow on completion.
Sailed from Scapa Flow with HM Cruiser
EURYALUS and HM Escort Carrier
FENCER as Force 9 to carry out air
minelay and shipping strikes screened by
HM Destroyers MYNGS, ALGONQUIN, SIOUX,
VOLAGE, SCORPION and
FENCER screened by HM Destroyers MYNGS,
and SIOUX (RCN) for air minelay
Embarked aircraft carried out minelay
was due to poor identification of land
Minelay carried out successfully and
took return passage to Scapa Flow with
of Force 9.
Deployed with Part of Force 9 to carry
out anti-submarine air patrols in
support of transit
Convoy RA60 during passage to Loch Ewe
from Kola Inlet.
Air minelay carried out near Ristos
Island and Aarumsund
Second air minelay carried out in Ramsosund
and shipping attacks in Fro Havet.
Returned to Scapa Flow with Force 9.
Sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS
DEVONSHIRE, HM Escort Carrier CAMPANIA
as Force 2
for air minelay and shipping strike,
screened by HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ,
SERAPIS and three
other destroyers for air minelay and
carried out south of Lepsoy
Island and in Haramsfjord.
Shipping strikes were cancelled and air
strikes carried out on airfield at Gossen
Returned to Scapa Flow with Force 2.
Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
Sailed from Scapa Flow with HM Aircraft
Carrier IMPLACABLE and HM Escort Carrier
PREMIER in Force 1 to carry out air
minelay in Karm
Sound and attacks on coastal
between Bergen and Stavanger
AVENGER aircraft carried cut minelay.
Coastal targets attacked instead of
Attacks made on shipping at Fro Havet.
Returned to Scapa Flow with Force 1.
Sailed from Scapa
Flow for minelay.
Deployed with HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE, HM
Escort Aircraft Carrier PREMIER and a
screen comprising HM Destroyers ZEALOUS,
ZEPHYR, SAVAGE, SERAPIS,
and ALGONQUIN (RCN) (Force 2) for
joint shipping strike and air minelay.
Air minelay carried out in Ramosund.
Under air attack by Ju88, one of which
Two AVENGER aircraft crashed on landing
Diversionary air strikes on air fields
not possible due to low cloud
Later one aircraft ranged on deck lost
Planned air minelay in Skatestromme
cancelled due to deteriorating weather
Minelay in Skatestrommen
was cancelled after Force was shadowed.
Ship sustained weather damage.)
Returned to Scapa Flow with Force 2
881 Squadron aircraft embarked for
Planned air attacks on shipping off Statlandet
unsuccessful due to weather conditions.
9 4 5
Deployed as Force 3 with HMS PREMIER, HM
Cruiser DIDO, HM Destroyers
OPPORTUNE, ZEST, ZODIAC and CAVENDISH to
provide air cover and anti
-submarine patrols during joint Home
Fleet operations SPELLBINDER and
1 comprising HM Cruisers NORFOLK and
BELLONA with screen of
destroyers were to carry out attacks on
convoy off Egersund.
HM Minelayer APOLLO screened by two
destroyers was to carry out
minelay in Karm
Sound (Operation GRATIS)
During attack on convoy an escorting
minesweeper M273 and two mercantiles
with three others damaged.
Aircraft from carriers prevented torpedo
attack by KG26.
For details see Naval Staff History
Air minelay was carried out during
Under refit in Clyde shipyard.
Joined Russian Convoy JW65 with HM
Destroyers SAVAGE and SCOURGE.
(Home Fleet ships including HM Cruiser
DIADEM, HM Escort Carrier CAMPANIA and
screen were already with this convoy.
For details of all warships and
Russian convoys see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by
CONVOYS by R Woodman, CONVOY
P Kemp and THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS
by B Schoefield.)
HM Sloop LAPWING of Close Escort was
sunk by honing torpedo from U968.
Detached from JW65 on arrival at Kola
Joined return Convoy RA65 with same
Close escort sailed early for attacks on
an assembly of U-Boats off Kola Inlet.
Detached from RA65 with Home Fleet ships
and took passage to Scapa Flow.
Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
Took part in operation to attack
U-Boat facilities at Narvik with HM
Carriers PUNCHER, QUEEN and SEARCHER
Operation called off due to adverse
Deployed with HM Escort Carriers
SEARCHER and QUEEN as part of a Home
Task Force to carry
out attack on U-Boat facilities at
(Operation JUDGEMENT – Last offensive
operation by Home Fleet during WW2.)
Fleet ships included HM Cruisers NORFOLK
HM Destroyers CARYSFORT, OPPORTUNE,
joined later by HMS OBEDIENT and ORWELL
During this operation the Submarine
Depot Ship BLACK WATCH was sunk
U711 which was alongside. This was the
last U-Boat sunk by
the Fleet Air Arm. See U-BOATS DESTROYED
by P Kemp.
During return passage to Scapa Flow
joined ships of Home Fleet deployed for
Copenhagen. (Operation CLEAVER)
Provided air cover during transit to Denmark.
Took return passage to Scapa Flow with
Home Fleet ships.
Nominated for refit and took passage to
Under refit in Clyde shipyard
Nominated for duty in East Indies Fleet
and prepared for foreign
Pennant Number R318 allocated for use to
conform with US Navy identity
for this type
Sailed to join Fleet at Trincomalee.
Arrived at Colombo
Joined 21st Aircraft
Other ships in Squadron were:
HM Cruiser ROYALIST, HM Escort carriers
EMPEROR, EMPRESS, HUNTER, KHEDIVE,
SEARCHER, SMITER and STALKER
Nominated for support of planned
landings in Malaya (Operation ZIPPER)
operation was delayed for various
reasons including implementation
of the PYTHON
scheme to return servicemen to UK and
after VJ Day. See Final report by SEAC
and THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton
Deployed as deck landing training
carrier pending execution of ZIPPER
Embarked SPITFIRE aircraft for delivery
to RAF after landings by assault forces.
SHAH and HMS SMITER were also deployed
as General Purposes Carriers.
See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Sailed from Singapore with ships of
Launched air patrols to provide cover
for passage of Assault Convoy ME1F
Deployed at Port Swettenham.
Passage in Malacca Strait to provide air
cover during landings to be confirmed.)
Arrived at Singapore