1 9 3 9
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Passage to south coast of Japan for interception patrol.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Italian cruiser BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI had been reported in Japan and would
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† have been brought to action in event of war with Italy).
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Trade defence and interception duties in continuation off Japan and China.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Enemy mercantiles were to be taken as Prize if possible but it was known
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that ships would scuttle if unable to prevent capture.)
††††††††††††††† 16th††††††† Passage to Hong Kong after relief by HM Cruiser KENT.
††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Passage to resume patrol duties in Northern area.
October††††††††††††††††† Interception and trade defence patrol in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Passage to Hong Kong for docking.
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† Transferred to East Indies Station.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Prepared for passage to Colombo with call at Singapore.
††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† On arrival at Colombo deployed with HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER and CORNWALL for
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† trade defence and interception patrol in Indian Ocean.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Joined Hunting Force I with HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE, HM Cruiser CORNWALL, HM
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Destroyers WATERHEN (RAN) and VENDETTA (RAN) based at Colombo.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: This Group was deployed for interception of commerce raiders known to be operating
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in Indian Ocean and South Atlantic and including the battleship GRAF SPEE.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).
November††††††††††††† Force I deployment in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Carried out search for GRAF SPEE in Indian Ocean with Force I.
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† During interception patrol transferred to South Atlantic Station.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Detached from Force I and took passage via Mauritius to Simonstown.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Arrived at Simonstown for duty in South Atlantic.
††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Sailed for patrol between Tristan Da Cunha and Falkland Islands.
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Diverted to join HM Cruisers ACHILLES (RNZN), AJAX and EXETER off Montevideo
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† after sinking of German battleship GRAF SPEE (See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CLOSELY and THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE by Dudley Pope).
††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† After refuelling off Montevideo sailed for Port Stanley, Falklands.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Joined HMNZS ACHILLES, HMS AJAX and HMS EXETER at Port Stanley.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Shore leave not granted because of weather conditions).
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Sailed from Port Stanley with HM Cruiser CUMBERLAND.
††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Passage to patrol area after HMS CUMBERLAND detached for transit to Simonstown.
1 9 4 0
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Joined HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE.
††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Deployed on patrol off Montevideo.
††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Carried out Gunnery exercises with HMS AJAX and HMS SHROPSHIRE.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On completion too passage from patrol area to Falklands.††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HMS AJAX sailed for Freetown on passage to Plymouth).
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† Arrived at Port Stanley.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Shore Leave granted for first time in Falklands)
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Escorted KM Cruiser EXETER with HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE during passage to UK
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† after being, damaged in action with GRAF SPEE.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Escort of WS EXETER transferred to Home Fleet ships in position 17 Degrees South
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30 Degrees West.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: These included HM Battlecruiser REPULSE and HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and Fleet Destroyers).
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Resumed trade defence and interception duties in South Atlantic.
February††††††††††††††† South Atlantic duties in continuation with HMS SHROPSHIRE.
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† HM Cruiser HAWKINS joined patrol.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Detached for passage to Buenos Aires.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: On arrival received 76 Bags of mail, the first since leaving Colombo !)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Outstanding hospitality from British community).
††††††††††††††† 9th††††††††† Resumed patrol.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Joined HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN and HM Cruiser
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CUMBERLAND for interception of commerce raiders and blockade runners in Atlantic.
††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Ship's aircraft intercepted German freighter WAKAMA off Cape Frio.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Enemy ship set on fire by crew and scuttled.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 46 rescued from boats and made Prisoners of War.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Passage to Falklands from patrol area.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Arrived at Port Stanley.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Planned visit to Montevideo cancelled).
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Embarked wounded survivors from HMS EXETER and took passage.
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Called at Tristan da Cunha
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Ship had steamed 100,000 miles since leaving UK on 14 September 1937.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Disembarked wounded and prisoners from WAKAMA at Capetown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: The prisoners had been released from close custody.).
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Passage to HM Dockyard Simonstown for docking and refit.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: During the 190 days since outbreak of war ship has steamed 60,000 miles).
April†††††††††††††††††††††† Under repair at Simonstown.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Took passage for UK for further refit with calls at Freetown and Gibraltar.
†May†††††††††††††††††††††† Passage in Atlantic
††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Sailed from Gibraltar.
††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Arrived at Plymouth.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard Devonport.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Leave granted - 7 days for each Watch ! ).
June††††††††††††††††††††††† Under refit.
††††††††††††††† 9th††††††††† Carried out Post Refit trials.
††††††††††††††† 23rd††††††† Joined HM Aircraft Carrier HERMES for surveillance of French warships at Dakar.
††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Shadowed French battleship RICHELIEU during her passage from Dakar to Casablanca.
July†††††††††††††††††††††††† Surveillance of Vichy French warships in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Joined HM Cruiser AUSTRALIA (RAN) and HMS HERMES off Dakar.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Deployed with HMAS AUSTRALIA to provide cover during attack on RICHELIEU at Dakar.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Depth charges were dropped alongside French warship by motor boat from
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HMS HERMES covered by aircraft. See RELUCTANT ENEMIES by W Tute)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On completion resumed interception duties in Atlantic with HMS HERMES.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† HMS HERMES in collision with H M Anted Merchant Cruiser CORFU and detached to
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† go to Freetown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HMS CORFU taken in tow by tug,
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Carried out unsuccessful search for raider 500 miles west of Cape Verde Islands.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Intercepted Portuguese ship and detained Italian Consul who was a passenger.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Landed Consul at Freetown and refuelled.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On completion sailed to carry out search for German raider reported by HM Armed
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Merchant Cruiser ALCANTARA.
August††††††††††††††††† Atlantic search in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Refuelled at Freetown and resumed search.
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Called at St. Helena.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Sailed to join rms ORION as escort to Capetown.
††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Completed 3 years since commissioning.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Relieved Netherlands cruiser as escort for rms ORION.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Arrived at Capetown and took passage to Simonstown.
September†††††††††††† Passage to Durban for routine docking.
††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Arrived Durban.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Mileage steamed in first year of war 92,300.)
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† On completion took passage to Freetown to resumed interception and convoy defence
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† duties in Atlantic with call at Simonstown.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Arrived at Freetown after rough passage.
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Resumed patrol duties.
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† Returned to Freetown to refuel
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Joined escort for military convoy WS3B during passage in Atlantic and Indian Ocean
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for defence against raiders.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Convoy included mv GEORGIC, rms MONARCH OF BERMUDA, rms ORONTES,
.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ss DUCHESS OF YORK, rms CAPETOWN CASTLE and rms STIRLING CASTLE).
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Detached from convoy on arrival at Capetown.
††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Rejoined escort for WS3 after stay at Simonstown.
November††††††††††††† Escort of WS3 in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Additional 7 ships joined convoy for passage to Aden.
††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† HM Cruisers CARLISLE, CALEDON, HM Sloops PARAMATTA (RAN) and AUCKLAND
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† joined WS3 as escort during passage in Red Sea.
††††††††††††††† 14th††††††† Detached from WS3 and took passage to Aden.
††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† On departure from Aden took passage to resume duties in Atlantic.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Diverted for support of military operations in Somaliland on passage to Durban.
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† Bombarded Dante in Italian Somaliland. 200 rounds fired.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Discharged torpedoes at wharves to prevent use.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On release resumed passage..
December††††††††††††† Passage in Indian Ocean
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Sighted by German raider ATLANTIS which withdrew without being observed.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Planned operations in southern oceans were abandoned after the unexpected
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Sailed from Durban to Simonstown.
††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Routine docking at Simonstown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: No all night leave granted even to 'natives').
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Sailed for Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† On arrival refuelled and immediately deployed with HM Cruiser NEPTUNE to search
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in area 500 miles west of Freetown for German battleship SCHEER after ss DUQUESA
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† made a raider report
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Deployed as Hunting Force K)
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Returned to Freetown to refuel after dismal Xmas Day at sea during search.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Sailed to reinforce defence of Convoy WS5A.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: German cruiser HIPPER had been driven off an attack on WS5A by HM Cruisers
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BERWICK and DEVONSHIRE on 25th December.)
††††††††††††††† 31st†††††††† HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE joined Force.
1 9 4 1
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† HM Cruiser DUNEDIN and HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS deployed to reinforce defence
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of WS5A
††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Arrived at Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Deployed with HMS FORMIDABLE and HM Cruiser NORFOLK for interception patrol and
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to cover passage of WS5A to Cape of Good Hope..
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† HMS FORMIDABLE and HMS NORFOLK detached to continue cover for WS5A.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Resumed interception patrol
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Burial at sea of Petty Officer who had committed suicide.).
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Intercepted Vichy French ss MENDOZA.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Prize crew put on board. and ship proceeded independently to Freetown).
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Trade defence and interception patrol resumed.
††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Called at St Helena.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Tanker was stationed at St Helena for support of ships deployed in South Atlantic)
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Passage to Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Arrived at Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† Resumed patrol duties after Prize crew rejoined.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† After refuelling at Freetown deployed for convoy defence and took passage to join military
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† convoy on passage to Middle East.
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Met HM Cruiser KENYA with convoy and escorted to Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Sailed with convoy for Capetown.
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Arrived at Capetown.
††††††††††††††† 20th††††††† Leading Seaman committed suicide whilst at Capetown..
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Sailed with convoy for passage in Indian Ocean.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Detached from convoy in search for raider reported in area.
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Rejoined convoy after unsuccessful search.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† HM Cruiser GLASGOW joined convoy.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: These convoys have not been identified as WS Series. Further research required.)
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Detached from Convoy and took passage to Seychelles.
††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† During stay at Seychelles ship's WALRUS aircraft crashed on shore.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Four naval personnel and one civilian lost their lives.)
††††††††††††††† 6th††††††††† Took passage to Simonstown after the funeral of those killed in WALRUS crash.
††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Arrived at Simonstown.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Deployed for escort of military Convoy WS6 during passage in Indian Ocean and sailed from
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: German raider PINGUIN was active in Indian Ocean in this period).
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† (Note: An additional 19 ships of Convoy WS6 were escorted separately by HM Cruisers
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHOEBE and CORNWALL.)
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Detached from WS6 SHIPS and took passage to Durban.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Arrived at Durban.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS in port during passage from Mediterranean to
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† USA for repair after being badly damaged in air attacks).
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Deployed for escort of military convoy to Capetown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Convoy included ss EMPRESS OF JAPAN and mv MONARCH OF BERMUDA).
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† HMS ILLUSTRIOUS joined convoy.
††††††††††††††† 23rd††††††† Sailed with same ships for passage to St Helena.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Additional ships joined convoy at St Helena and took passage the same day
.†††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Transferred escort of mercantiles to HM Cruiser DUNEDIN and remained as escort for HMS
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ILLUSTRIOUS for passage north.
††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Transferred escort of HMS ILLUSTRIOUS to HM Cruiser CARADOC.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Detached for independent passage to Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 6th††††††††† Rescued 35 survivors from ss OAKDENE, torpedoed by submarine earlier that day.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HMS CORNWALL deployed in Indian Ocean received a distress message from the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† British tanker BRITISH EMPEROR on 7th May after being attacked by German
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† commerce raider PINGUIN.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PINGUIN was intercepted and sunk on 8th May by HMS CORNWALL).
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Arrived at Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† On arrival nominated for escort of Convoy SL747 which had sailed on 10th May for passage
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to UK.
††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Joined HM Armed Merchant Cruiser BULOLO as escort for Convoy SL74.
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Detached from Convoy SL74 to join search operation for German battleship BISMARCK
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† after sinking of HM Battlecruiser HOOD.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Directed to BISMARCK'S position by HM Destroyer COSSACK.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Took part in engagement with HM Battleships RODNEY and KING GEORGE V.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sank BISMARCK with torpedoes after she had been demolished by surface gunfire.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rescued 110 survivors with HM Destroyer MAORI until operation cancelled because of
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† increased threat of attack by U-Boats and aircraft.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (For details see PURSUIT by Ludovic Kennedy and Naval Staff History)
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Burial for German sailor who had died from injuries received during action.
††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Prisoners landed and handed to military escort.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Arrived at South Shields.
June††††††††††††††††††††††† Paid off after 3 years, 10 months in commission.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Total mileage steamed 207,401.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Taken in hand for refit in Tyne shipyard.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Air warning radar fitted
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: For details of development and use of radar by RN see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse)
July†††††††††††††††††††††††† Re-commissioned for Atlantic interception and convoy defence based at Freetown
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Carried out Post Refit trials.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† On completion took passage to Scapa Flow.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Commenced work-up with 1st Cruiser Squadron.
August††††††††††††††††† Work-up in continuation.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Captain B C S Martin relieved by Captain Agar.
Present at Royal visit by HM King George VI to Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Royal Inspection by HM The King on board HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† included some of ship's company.)
††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Sailed from Scapa Flow to join escort for military Convoy WS10X in Clyde.
††††††††††††††† 20th††††††† Provided Ocean Escort for Atlantic passage of WS10X from Clyde.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Detached from WS10X on arrival at Freetown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed for trade defence.
††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Passage to St Helena.
September†††††††††††† South Atlantic deployment In continuation
††††††††††††††† 18th††††††† Deployed with HMS EAGLE off St Helena.
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Ship's WALRUS aircraft crashed over bows of HMS EAGLE.
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Returned to St Helena.
††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Passage to Freetown with HMS EAGLE.
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Arrived at Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Took passage to Join military convoy WS12 after embarking new seaplane.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Joined WS12 during passage from UK as relief for HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE
††††††††††††††† 14th††††††† Detached from MS12 with Local Escort on arrival at Freetown.
††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Sailed with HM Cruiser DUNEDIN to join escort for convoy.
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Returned to Freetown and rejoined WS12 with HMS DEVONSHIRE as Ocean Escort
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† during passage to Indian Ocean..
††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Remained with WS12 as Ocean Escort when HMS DEVONSHIRE detached.
††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Detached from W512 on arrival at Durban.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Resumed trade defence and interception role during passage to Freetown.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Arrived at Freetown for convoy defence and sailed after refuelling.
††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Deployed for search for German commerce raiders ATLANTIS and U-Boat Supply ship
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PYTHON, known to be operating in Atlantic
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: These movements had been the result of interception of signals and decryption
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of ENIGMA at Bletchley Park. See BREAKING THE ENIGMA by D Kahn.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR by C Blair and BRITISH INTELLIGENCE IN WW2
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE, DUNEDIN and HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CARNARVON CASTLE were also deployed independently.
†††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† Sighted German U-Boat supply ship PYTHON with submarines UA and U68 alongside.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Submarines departed and made torpedo attack which failed. PYTHON scuttled.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In view of threat of further submarine attack left the area and took passage to
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nominated for Ocean Escort of military convoy WS12X during passage in Indian
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: This convoy had been specially and most unusually routed because of the threat.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† It had been escorted by US Navy warships for part of Atlantic passage including
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† aircraft carrier USS RANGER, cruisers QUINCY and VINCENNES screened by
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† eight US Navy destroyers as part of US foreign policy before entry into WW2.)
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Arrived at Simonstown
††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Joined HS12X as Ocean escort during passage in Indian Ocean.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Six USN destroyers provided anti-submarine screen.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: WS12X had been Intended for Suez but was redirected to Bombay.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† USS RANGER and two destroyers had detached on 27th November)
††††††††††††††† 14th††††††† Remained as Ocean Escort when the six Navy destroyers detached.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Detached from WS12X on arrival..
1 9 4 2
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Took passage from Bombay to Durban for convoy escort. 10th Arrived at Durban.
††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Joined escort for military convoy to Bombay.
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Detached to refuel at Aden.
††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Rejoined convoy escort.
††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Arrived at Bombay.
February††††††††††††††† Nominated for defence of convoys to Singapore.
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Took passage to Colombo.
††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Arrived at Colombo for new duties.
††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Took passage.
††††††††††††††† 14th††††††† Joined Singapore convoy during passage.
††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Detached and returned to Colombo
††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Arrived at Colombo
††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Sailed to join escort for Singapore convoy.
††††††††††††††† 23rd††††††† Detached after relief by HM Cruiser GLASGOW.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Took passage to Trincomalee
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Arrived at Trincomalee.
†††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Sailed from Trincomalee to join convoy.
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Joined escort for military convoy to Rangoon.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Eastern Fleet was in course of Formation)
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Deployed in support of military operations to evacuate personnel from Burma.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Landed Royal Marines Detachment to man Motor Launches of Inshore Flotilla
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† during evacuation of allied troops to Akyab from Burma.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On completion escorted evacuation convoy from Rangoon.
††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Arrived at Trincomalee.
††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Passage to Colombo for refit
††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Entered dry dock.
††††††††††††††† 31st†††††††† Refit work suspended when Japanese surface ships reported in Indian Ocean
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Undocked and sailed from Colombo to join Eastern Fleet ships off Ceylon.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (See OPERATION PACIFIC by Edwyn Grey and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO) ).
April†††††††††††††††††††††† Passage with HMS CORNWALL to join HM Battleship WARSPITE, HM Aircraft
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Carriers INDOMITABLE, FORMIDABLE, HM Cruisers ENTERPRISE and EMERALD
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† as Force "A" in search for Japanese warships reported on passage to Ceylon.
††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Detached with HMS CORNWALL to return to Ceylon to continue refit.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HMS CORNWALL was required to join military convoy SU4 due at Trincomalee
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† on 8th April and on passage to Australia after ANZAC troops withdrawn from Middle
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† East because of Japanese threat to Australia).
††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Recalled by CinC Eastern Fleet to join Force A after further report of Japanese warships.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Took passage to join Fleet with HMS CORNWALL.
††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Sighted by aircraft from Japanese cruiser TONE in position 01.54N 77.45E south of Ceylon.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Came under heavy dive bombing attacks and sank within 8 minutes.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 234 of ship's company lost their lives. (Casualty List -
note on casualties)
††††††††††††††† 6th††††††††† 1,122 survivors from both cruisers rescued by HMS ENTERPRISE, HM Destroyer PANTHER
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and PALADIN some 30 hours after the sinking.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (For details see OPERATION PACIFIC, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY. the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Naval Staff History Battle Summary No 15, TURNS OF FATE by Dimbleby and WAR WITH
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† JAPAN (HMSO).