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Under major refit and reconstruction by
HM Dockyard Chatham.
Work done included with ship under
New design superstructure with aircraft hangars,
cranes and catapult forward.
Bridge design modernised.
Funnel arrangements changed and only two
Two twin 4in AA mountings and additional
smaller AA guns fitted.
Air warning radar Type 279 fitted on both
Fire control radar for forward main
armament Type 284 and for 4in mountings
285 provided with aerial units on gunnery
directors. For details of the development
and in RN see
RADAR AT SEA by D Howse).
Armour protection added over machinery
(Note: The significant increase on
displacement after modernisation resulted
structural stresses in a hull which had
been designed to met Treaty
During subsequent service these weaknesses
were most likely to
have been the
cause of the leakages in fuel and feed
water systems during
9 4 0
Under Dockyard control
9 4 1
Under Dockyard control at Chatham.
Dockyard refit completed.
Post refit trials commenced.
Delayed at Chatham for completion of
repairs and on completion took passage to
Cruiser Squadron Home Fleet for work-up.
On completion of work-up deployed on
Northern Patrol for interception duties
with HM Cruiser
and four Home Fleet destroyers.
Returned to Scapa Flow and prepared for foreign
service in South Atlantic.
Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS to
Gibraltar with H M Destroyer BRILLIANT
aircraft delivery in Operation SPLICE.
Detached with HMS BRILLIANT on arrival
Sailed from Gibraltar as escort for ss
ARUNDEL CASTLE during passage to Clyde
(Note: This liner was taking evacuees from
Gibraltar to UK.)
Diverted to join search for BISMARCK
after loss of HM Battlecruiser HOOD.
Released from operation after sinking of
and resumed passage to South Atlantic.
Called at Bathurst, Gambia.
Deployed with HMS BRILLIANT in search for
German supply ships in South Atlantic.
Intercepted tanker ESSO HAMBURG which
scuttled on approach.
Intercepted German supply ship EGERLAND
which also scuttled.
Intercepted German supply ship BABITONGA
900 miles SW of Freetown, Sierra Leone
scuttled on approach.
(Note: These interceptions were carried
out following decryption of German ENIGMA
signals by GCHQ
at Bletchley Park. See BREAKING THE ENIGMA
by D Kahn and
BRITISH INTELLIGENCE IN WW2 (HMSO)
Deployed as Ocean Escort for military
convoy WS10 during passage from Clyde
Detached from WS10 on relief as Ocean
Escort by HM Cruiser EDINBURGH
Atlantic trade defence duties in
Transferred to Iceland for duty with Home
Fleet ships in northern waters.
Deployed with Northern
Detached and took passage to Scapa Flow.
Embarked Lord Beaverbrook and Mr. Averill
Harriman with an Anglo-American
Scapa Flow and took passage to Archangel.
Arrived at Archangel.
Joined HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE, HM Destroyer
ELECTRA and ACTIVE as escort for
(Note: Re-embarked British delegation for
return to UK.)
(For details of all Russian convoy
operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
CONVOY ! by
P Kemp, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and
CONVOYS by B.Schoefield.).
Detached from QP1 and resumed Northern
Patrol after disembarking passengers.
Returned to Scapa Flow.
Taken in hand for repair at Tyne
Under repair and refit
(Note: Eight 20mm Oerlikon guns fitted to
replace the existing multiple machine guns
close range defence against air attack
9 4 2
On completion of dockyard work carried out
Post Refit trials
Rejoined Home Fleet for patrol and escort
in northern waters.
Deployed for Patrol WHITE in Denmark
Strait with HM Cruiser KENT and three
Ordered to set up stations east of Bear
Island after refuelling in Iceland to
deployed for the interception of German
battleship TIRPITZ which posed a
convoys to and from North Russia. See
ARCTIC DESTROYERS by R Woodman.
On release from refuelling resumed patrol
Deployed for Northern Patrol.
Detached from patrol to Join
escort for Russian Convoy PQ15.
Joined HM Cruiser NIGERIA in escort of
Under air attacks which were
Detached from PQ15 escort and rejoined
Home Fleet for covering duties.
Returned to Scapa
Nominated with HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK,
HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS,
HM Cruisers KENT, LIVERPOOL, NIGERIA and
NORFOLK, screened by HM Destroyers
ICARUS, BLANKNEY, ECLIPSE, ESCAPADE,
FAULKNOR, FURY, INGLEFIELD,
LAMERTON, MARNE, ONSLOW, MIDDLETON, ORIBI
and WHEATLAND to cover
from Murmansk of HM Cruiser TRINIDAD
(Note: HMS TRINIDAD had been damaged
during defence of an earlier convoy to
but sunk on
14th in air attacks and cover force not
Took passage with Home Fleet ships to Hvalfjord.
Met US aircraft carrier USS WASHINGTON, US
cruiser USS TUSCALOOSA and screen of
destroyers who had been detached by USN
for duty in support of Home Fleet.
Arrived at Hvalfjord.
Resumed Northern Patrol duties
Deployed with HMS DUKE OF YORK, USS
WASHINGTON, HMS VICTORIOUS, US
WICHITA and a screen of RN and USN
destroyers to provide cover for
Russian Convoy PQ16 and returning Convoy
At Scapa Flow
Passage to Iceland
to resume Northern Patrol.
Sailed from Seidisfjord
with HM Cruiser NORFOLK, USS TUSCALOOSA,
WICHITA screened by US destroyers USS
WAINWRIGHT and USS ROMAN to provide
close cover for
passage of Russian Convoy PQ17 and
After PQ17 was ordered to scatter by
Admiralty, returned to Iceland
Resumed Northern Patrol.
Deployed with Home Fleet for interception
duties In NW Approaches.
Sailed from Loch Ewe with HM Cruisers
SUFFOLK and NORFOLK to provide Cruiser
for the passage
of Russian Convoy PQ18.
On arrival of convoy at Kola Inlet
resumed Home Fleet interception duties.
Deployed with Home Fleet for interception
in NW Approaches.
Independent passage to provide cover with
HM Cruiser Suffolk for passage of inward
QP15 whilst west of Bear Island,
(Note: This was the final west bound
convoy of 1942 season from Kola and the
last of PQ/QP
Deployed with HMS SUFFOLK screened by HM
Destroyers FORESTER, OBDURATE and
Returned to Scapa Flow.
Nominated for refit in Tyne commercial
(Note: Hull strengthening undertaken (see
1939 Note re modernisation).
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(Note: Work included installation of:
Surface warning radar Type 273
Fire control radar Type 282 installed with
aerials on directors for 2 pdr
Five additional 20mm Oerlikon mountings
Removal of aircraft
Carried out harbour trials
Rejoined Home Fleet after completion of
Passage to Scapa
Flow to work-up for service.
Deployed with Home Fleet for patrol and
interception in NW Approaches.
Deployed with HM Cruisers BELFAST and KENT
with destroyer screen for offensive sweep
off Norway as a
diversion during Sicily landings
Returned to Scapa Flew and resumed
Deployed on interception duty to prevent
breakout of German warships for attacks on
Atlantic convoys between Faeroes and
Nominated for special duty and sailed for
Deployed with HM Destroyer ULSTER to
collect UK Defence Staff for return to UK
Teheran Conference with US and USSR
Passage to UK
On arrival nominated for service in
Eastern Fleet and took passage to Rosyth.
9 4 4
Under refit at Rosyth for BPF service
(Note: Four Twin 20mm mountings fitted to
improve close range AA defence.
Passage to Ceylon to Join 4th Cruiser
Squadron after post refit trials.
Joined Squadron at Trincomalee.
Deployed with HM Battleships QUEEN
ELIZABETH and VALIANT, HM Battlecruiser
Cruisers GAMBIA, CEYLON and CUMBERLAND
screened by HM
Destroyers QUILLIAM, QUALITY,
QUEENBOROUGH, PATHFINDER, NAPIER,
NORMAN, NEPAL, QUIBERON, Dutch destroyers
TJERK HIDDES and VAN GALEN
sweep in Indian Ocean (Operation
Met US aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA and
US destroyers USS CUMMINGS, USS
DUNLOP and USS FANNING joining Eastern
Fleet for temporary service,
(Note: USN ships were to joined
planned air attacks on Sumatra.)
Arrived Trincomalee with US and RN ships.
Deployed with HMS RENOWN, HM Aircraft
Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS and USS
SARATOGA as Task Force 70 for air attacks
screened by HM Destroyers
QUILLIAM, QUADRANT, QUEENBOROUGH, USS
CUMMINGS, USS FANNING
Submarine TACTICIAN for Air Sea Rescue
(Note: Cover for operation was provided by
Task Force 69 (H M Battleships QUEEN
ELIZABETH and VALIANT, French battleship
RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers
NEWCASTLE, NIGERIA, CUMBERLAND, CEYLON,
GAMBIA and Dutch
screened by HM Destroyers PENN ROTHERHAM,
PETARD, QUIBERON, NAPIER, NEPAL, NIZAM
(RAN), and Dutch VAN
GALEN (Operation COCKPIT).
Provided close cover to carriers during
attacks on Sabang.
Returned to Trincomalee.
Deployed with HMS SUFFOLK as escort for
Refuelling Group made up of 6 tankers and
water tanker in
Task Force 67.
Took passage to Exmouth Bay, Western
Australia to support Task Force 65 during
(Operation TRANSOM – See WAR WITH JAPAN
Arrived at Exmouth Bay with Tanker Convoy.
Joined HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, USS SARATOGA, HMS
GAMBIA, HMS CEYLON,
HM Destroyers QUADRANT, QUEENBOROUGH,
QUILLIAM, USS FANNING and
USS DUNLOP) in Task Force 66 (Operation
Provided close cover to aircraft
carriers during attacks on Soerabaya.
US Navy ships detached and returned to US
Returned to Trincomalee with TF67 ships
after refuelling at Exmouth Bay.
Transferred to 5th Cruiser Squadron,
Eastern Fleet and deployed on trade
interception duty in Indian Ocean.
Took part in Joint Fleet exercises with HM
Battleship HOWE, HMS CUMBERLAND and
HMS GAMBIA off Ceylon.
Joined Task Group 63.2 with HMS SUFFOLK
and HMS CUMBERLAND screened by HM
Destroyers RELENTLESS, RAIDER, NORMAN
(RAN) and Dutch VAN GALEN for
operations in Indian Ocean as a diversion
during US landings on Leyte.
(Note: HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE
and VICTORIOUS with H M Cruiser
PHOEBE for Fighter Direction and screened
by HM Destroyers WHELP,
WAKEFUL, WESSEX and WAGER as Task Unit
62-3 carried out air attacks.
HMS RENOWN screened by HMS QUILLIAM,
QUIBERON as Task Unit 62.1 provided cover
against any surface interference.
Bombarded targets in Nicobars
with TU63.2 ships during daylight.
Further bombardment with destroyers
Under attacks by torpedo carrying
aircraft 7 of which were destroyed.
Deployed with Squadron for convoy defence
and interception in Indian Ocean.
Retained in East Indies Fleet on formation
of British Pacific Fleet
9 4 5
Convoy defence and interception duty in
Joined Task Force 63 with HMS QUEEN
ELIZABETH, French RICHELIEU, HMS
CUMBERLAND, HM Escort Carriers EMPEROR and
KHEDIVE screened by HM
Destroyers SAUMAREZ, VENUS, VIRAGO and
VIGILANT for programme of offensive
Sumatra including bombardments, air
strikes and photo-reconnaissance of
and Port Dickson in Malaya
Carried out bombardment of shore targets
Under air attacks when
returning to rejoin TF63.
Provided close cover for Escorted
Carriers during photo reconnaissance
Continued Close Cover during further PR
Under air attack during return passage
Arrived at Trincomalee.
Passage to Simonstown
Under refit by HM Dockyard Simonstown.
(Note: Radar Type 283 for barrage fire
Anti-aircraft armament modified including
4 Twin 4in mounting to replace 4in guns
Radar Type 277 fitted aft to replace Type
273 for surface warning.)
On completion of post refit trials took
passage to Ceylon to rejoin Squadron.
Prepared for support
of landing operations in southern Malaya.
Sailed with Eastern Fleet for landings.
Operation cancelled at US insistence after
Japanese surrender and delays in the
of PYTHON Release Scheme for long serving
Diverted to Rangoon
to await further instructions.
Passage to Sabang
with HM Battleship NELSON.
Anchored 5 miles from Sabang
with HMS NELSON and received charts of the
Malaya and Singapore from Japanese
Surrender of Japanese forces in Sumatra
carried out on board from Vice Admiral
Landed Royal Marines for occupation of Sabang.
Passage to Singapore.