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26th Commissioned for service as HMS NAIRANA.
(Note: British radar was fitted during build.)
December Contractors trials
12th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.
17th On completion of trials and storing sailed for to work-up for service.
Nominated for service in Western Approaches with 2nd British Escort Group based
at Liverpool for Atlantic convoy defence.
Embarked 12 SWORDFISH aircraft and personnel of 838 Squadron.
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25th Embarked nine SWORDFISH and six SEA HURRICANES of 835 Squadron with
29th Joined HM Sloops STARLING, WILD GOOSE, KITE, MAGPIE and WOODPECKER
with HM Escort Carrier ACTIVITY for operational duty in Atlantic with Group.
31st During provision of anti-submarine support of joint outward convoy OS66/KMS70
during passage to Gibraltar in NW Approaches ships of Escort Group sank U592.
There were no survivors. See U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
(Note: Distant cover was also provided these patrols for outward Convoys ON222 and
ONS28 on passage to Canada in the area.)
7th Provided anti-submarine patrol support for passage of inward joint convoy SL147/MKS38
11th Provided anti-submarine patrol support for passage of inward convoy HX225 to Liverpool.
13th Provided anti-submarine patrol support for passage of inward tanker Convoy CU13
24th Provided anti-submarine patrol support for passage of joint outward convoy OS69/KMS43
(Note: During this period U264 was sunk by HMS WOODPECKER. and was the first
SCHNORKEL fitted submarine to be sunk).
6th At Gibraltar with Group.
9th Deployed with HMS ACTIVITY to provide anti-submarine escort for inward Convoy
MKF29 during passage to Clyde.
24th Sailed from Clyde to provide support during passage of outward joint Convoy
OS72/KMS46 during passage in NW Approaches to Gibraltar.
10th Sailed from Gibraltar for support of inward joint Convoy SL154/MKS45 during passage
13th Deployed for anti-submarine sweep operation in NW Approaches
(Note: Extensive anti-submarine operations were being carried out in this area to intercept
U-Boats on passage to and from Norway via Faeroes – Iceland gap.
16th Deployed to provide anti-submarine patrols in defence of outward joint Convoys
SL157/MKS48 and SL158/MKS49
3rd Returned to Clyde from Atlantic convoy defence.
12th Deployed with escort for provision of anti-submarine defence during passage of
outward Convoy KMF32 during passage to Gibraltar
27th Sailed from Gibraltar to provide anti-submarine air cover during passage of inward
Convoy KMF34 during Atlantic passage to Clyde.
4th On arrival in Clyde detached from KMF34and taken in hand for routine docking and repair.
August Resumed service in Western Approaches Command.
24th Deployed for provision f anti-submarine air cover with escort for outward Convoy
KMF34 during passage to Gibraltar.
10th Sailed from Gibraltar for provision of anti-submarine air cover during passage of
inward Convoy KMF34 during passage to Clyde,
14th Detached from KMF34 and taken in hand for repair in Clyde shipyard.
October Nominated for detached service with Home Fleet for Russian Convoy defence.
Embarked 14 SWORDFISH and six WILDCAT aircraft and personnel of 835 Squadron
(For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and
CONVOY ! by P Kemp.
15th Passage to Scapa Flow for Home Fleet service.
22nd Joined Main Escort for Russian Convoy JW61 with HM Escort Carriers TRACKER and
VINDEX, HM Frigates BYRON, CONN, DEANE, FITZROY, INGLIS, LAWSON,
LORING, LOUIS, MOUNSEY, NARBROUGH, REDMILL and RUPERT to provide
anti-submarine patrols and fighter protection against air attacks during passage to Kola
Inlet (Operation TRIAL)
28th Detached from JW 61 on arrival at Kola Inlet without loss of any mercantile.
(Note: This was largely due to availability of extensive air support and a very
strong escort, which prevented any major interference.
2nd Sailed from Kola Inlet with return convoy RA61 and same escorts.
(Note: Before sailing the frigate escorts were deployed off Kola Inlet to carry
out sustained anti-submarine hunting operations against a known assembly of
submarines waiting for departure of ships. During these the frigate HMS MOUNSEY
was torpedoed but able to return to Kola for repair.
7th Detached from RA61 with HM Cruiser DIDO, HMS VINDEX and HMS TRACKER before
the arrival of RA61 at Loch Ewe without loss.
9th Taken in hand for repair in Clyde shipyard
December On completion resumed detached duties with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
2nd Deployed as escort for Russian Convoy JW62 with HM Cruiser BELLONA and HM Escort
Carrier CAMPANIA screened by HM Destroyers BEAGLE, BULLDOG, CAESAR,
CASSANDRA, CAMBRIAN, CAPRICE, KEPPEL, OBEDIENT, OFFA, ONSLAUGHT,
ONSLOW, ORIBI, ORWELL and WESTCOTT to provide anti-submarine patrols and air cover
during passage. (Operation ACUMEN)
7th Detached from JW62 on arrival at Kola Inlet after unscathed passage
10th Sailed with same ships as escort for return Convoy RA62 after an anti-submarine
operation off Kola Inlet by frigates and corvettes before departure.
(Note: During this operation U387 was sunk by HM Corvette BAMBOROUGH CASTLE.
11th HM Destroyer CASSANDRA was torpedoed by U365 but able to return to Murmansk for
12th HM Norwegian Corvette sank after hitting a nine.
Under attack by torpedo bombers two of which were destroyed.
13th During anti-submarine operations by carriers U365 was sunk by an aircraft from
19th Returned to Scapa Flow with Home Fleet ships.
20th Under repair in Clyde shipyard.
On completion resumed detached service in Home Fleet
Nominated for attack on enemy shipping near Vaagso, Norway (Operation SAMPLER)
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1st Operation SAMPLER aborted because of weather conditions.
24th Deployed with HM Escort Aircraft Carrier PREMIER to cover night air attacks by
HM Escort Aircraft Carrier CAMPANIA on shipping off Vaagso, Norway
30th Deployed to provide cover during air strikes on Norway
6th Deployed with HM Cruiser BELLONA, HMS CAMPANIA, HM Sloop LAPWING,
HM Corvette DENBIGH CASTLE and HM Trawler OSKOY, screened by HM Destroyers
ONSLAUGHT, ONSLOW, OPPORTUNE, ORWELL, SERAPIS, ZAMBESI, ZEALOUS,
ZEST and Canadian SIOUX to provide anti-submarine cover during passage of Russian
Convoy JW64 (Operation HOTBED)
Under surveillance by German aircraft. Ju88 destroyed.
Total U-Boat threat estimated as 11 submarines.
7th Under sustained attack by torpedo bombers of which 6 were destroyed by fighters from
10th Repeated torpedo bomber attacks driven off but poor convoy fire discipline posed threat
to aircraft from carriers.
13th HM Corvette DENBIGH CASTLE torpedoed.
(Note: Towed to Kola Inlet but sank after grounding).
15th Detached on arrival of JW64 at Kola Inlet.
16th Took part in anti-submarine operations with ships of escort against U-Boats off
Kola Inlet which had assembled to attack return Convoy RA64.
(Note: After sinking U425 with HM Corvette ALNWICK CASTLE, HM Sloop LARK was
torpedoed and became a total loss after tow to Kola Inlet).
17th Joined return convoy on departure from Kola Inlet.
20th Despite horrendous weather conditions launched fighter attacks against enemy air
attacks which prevented loss of ships in convoy.
21st Ships in convoy dispersed due to continuation of extreme weather conditions.
27th Returned to Scapa Flow with HMS BELLONA, HMS CAMPANIA and Home Fleet destroyers.
March Deployed with Home Fleet for operations against snipping off Norway.
26th Deployed with HM Escort Aircraft Carrier PUNCHER to carry out WILDCAT attacks on
shipping in Alesund , Norway (Operation PREFIX)
(Note: The weather conditions were poor During this operation.)
29th Returned to Scapa Flow and took passage to Belfast for refit
31st Taken in hand for major refit.
April Under refit
August Carried out harbour trials
7th Sustained serious damage when leaving dry dock
Taken in hand for repair.