9 3 9
Under refit at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Pre-production air warning radar outfit
Type 79Z fitted to provide warning of the
(For details see RADAR AT SEA by D. Howse)
Sailed to Scapa
Flow from Portsmouth to work up for
On arrival at Scapa Flew nominated for
duty in the Mediterranean with the 1st
Passage to Gibraltar
Joined Squadron at Alexandria.
Work-up and radar
trials in Mediterranean
Squadron recalled from Mediterranean to join Home Fleet.
Passage to UK
with HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE.
Arrived at Portsmouth.
Deployed for duty on Northern Patrol for
convoy defence and the interception of
runners. Sailed from
for Denmark Strait.
(See THE BLOCKADERS by C Hampshire.)
Patrol off Iceland.
Joined search for SCHARNHORST and
GNEISENAU with HM Cruisers NORFOLK, CERES and
CALYPSO after HM Armed Merchant Cruiser RAWALPINDI
had been sunk in action with
German SCHARNHORST and
- Faeroes Gap.
(For details see RAWALPINDI by Ludovic
Returned to Scapa
Flow from Clyde after completion of
Rejoined 1st Cruiser Squadron now
including HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE, BERWICK
Sailed for further
Northern Patrol interception duty.
Returned to Scapa
Flow from patrol duties.
9 4 0
Deployed on interception patrols in NW
Approaches based on Clyde.
Continued patrol duties in NW Approaches
(For details of Northern Patrol duties,
See ARMED MERCHANT CRUISERS by K. Poolman).
Sustained damage in collision with ss
Taken in hand for repair
in Clyde shipyard.
Under repair in Clyde shipyard.
Post refit trials and passage to Scapa Flow.
On completion rejoined Squadron.
Embarked Royal Marines for initial
occupation of Faeroes.
Passage to Faeroes escorted by HM
Destroyers HAVANT and HESPERUS
Landed Royal Marines for initial
occupation of Faeroes (Operation
(Note: HM Destroyers HESPERUS and HAVANT
carried out anti-submarine search
On completion took passage to join HM
Cruisers DEVONSHIRE and BERWICK for
operations in Norway.
passage to Lofotens
area intercepted German tanker SKAGERRAK
which scuttled on
Diverted by Admiralty order and took
passage to Scapa Flow for special
Flow with HM Destroyers JANUS, JUNO,
HEREWARD and KIPLING.
Met HM Submarine SEAL which had acted a
navigational Beacon off Stavanger.
airfield (Operation DUCK).
Deployed to intercept force of German
destroyers and came under heavy air
(Note: 33 individual attacks were
Only one direct
hit of the 88
near misses reported.
Sustained major damage
aft that disabled
Extensive flooding and fire resulted and
speed was reduced to
(Note: Air cover arranged did not
arrive and left the ship without
from the expected air attacks. See Naval
Staff History (HMSO-2001)
references for details.)
For details of naval operations off Norway
see NARVIK by D Macintyre.,
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
and Naval Staff History (HMSO 2001).).
Returned to Scapa
Flow steering by engines and with
Temporary repair carried out at Scapa Flow.
Taken in hand for
repair at Greenock.
Work done included
Installation of Surface Gunnery control
radar (Type 284) and replacement air
279 fitted in
place of Type 79Z.
Fire control Radar Type 284 fitted for
main armament and Type 285 Radar for the
secondary armament. (See above reference.)
Twin 4in mountings fitted in place of 4in
9 4 1
Under repair at Greenock.
On completion of post refit trials,
worked-up and rejoined the Squadron in
Deployed for convoy
defence and patrol duty in NW
Carried out convoy defence and
interception duties based in Iceland.
Deployed in Denmark
Relieved by HM Cruiser
to refuel at Hvalfjord.
Joined HMS NORFOLK in
patrol in Denmark Straits made first
sighting of BISMARCK.
Engaged enemy ships
before they became engulfed by fog.
Shadowed BISMARCK and PRINZ EUGEN with HMS
NORFOLK until the enemy ships
engaged by HM
Battlecruiser HOOD and HM Battleship-
PRINCE OF WALES.
Remained in radar
contact with enemy ships after loss of
Lost contact with German warships and
deployed with Fleet during search for
refuel in Iceland
(For full details see SINK THE BISMARCK
by L. Kennedy,
BISMARCK by Baron Burkhard
Sailed to resume
Deployed on interception duties in north Atlantic,
based in Iceland.
Returned to Scapa
Flow with ships of Squadron.
Deployed for Fleet duties based at Scapa Flow
Passage to Iceland
with HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE, HM Destroyers
ESCAPADE, ECLIPSE and INTREPID to cover
air attacks on Tromso
FURIOUS and VICTORIOUS (Operation EF).
Passage to Norway
for air operations.
Provided cover during carrier air attacks.
attack by Do18 aircraft.
Returned to Scapa
Present at Royal Visit
to Home Fleet by HM King George VI.
Provided Distant Cover for the first
Russian Convoy with H M Aircraft Carrier
VICTORIOUS, HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE, HM Destroyers ECLIPSE, ESCAPADE
Met convoy west of Bear
Refuelled at Spitzbergen.
Escorted HMS VICTORIOUS for series of air
strikes on Hammerfest
with HM Cruiser
screened by HM Destroyers INGLEFIELD,
ECLIPSE and ESCAPADE.)
Provided Distant Cover for HM Aircraft
Carrier ARGUS with HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE
and screen of
same Fleet destroyers as DERVISH for
passage to Archangel
HURRICANE aircraft and
RAF personnel for service in North
(For details of all Russian convoys see
CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
P Kemp, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS By B Schoefield.)
Returned to Spitzbergen
to refuel with HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS
Stationed off Lofoten
Islands to supported HMS VICTORIOUS during
air strikes on
Returned to Scapa
Escorted Russian Convoy PQ1 with HM
Destroyer IMPULSIVE, HM Fleet Minesweepers
LEDA and HUSSAR from Hvalfjord.
Arrived at Archangel
without enemy interference.
Returned to Scapa
Flow to rejoin Squadron.
Deployed with Home Fleet to Intercept
German battleships TIRPITZ and ADMIRAL
SCHEER reported attempting beak out to
attack Atlantic convoy routes.
jord with HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V, HMS VICTORIOUS,
BERWICK and KENT,
screened by HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
PUNJABI, OFFA and
with Home Fleet to Scapa
9 4 2
Sailed with Home Fleet ships to Iceland
to intercept German warships reported
sortie into the Atlantic.
Deployed off Iceland.
Interception patrols in continuation based
Sailed from Hvalfjord
with Home Fleet after TIRPITZ was reported
under way at
(Note: HMS VICTORIOUS was to carry out air
attacks on Tromso
if no enemy break
Attack on Tromso
cancelled when German warships ADMIRAL
EUGEN were reported off Holland and steaming north.
Deployed to cover HMS
VICTORIOUS during attacks on these
Operation cancelled when ship reported at
Return passage to Scapa Flow
Arrived for refit in Tyne
Radar Type 279 replaced new design Type
Radar Type 273 of new design fitted to
provide surface warning.
(See above reference.)
Additional 20mm Oerlikon guns fitted for
close range defence.
On completion carried out trials and
Rejoined Fleet at Scapa
Deployed with Home Fleet and based in Iceland
for Russian Convoy operation.
Provided cruiser cover for passage of
Russian Convoy PQ18 and returning convoy
QP14 with HM Cruisers
Returned to Hvalfjord.
Remained with Home Fleet for patrol and
interception duty in Iceland.
Passage to Scapa
Deployed with Hans Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
Provided cruiser cover
for returning convoy QP15 with LONDON
and screened by
OBDURATE and ONSLAUGHT.
(Note: HM Submarines P312, P216 and French
submarine JUNON carried out patrols
to intercept any surface ship
Returned to Hvalfjord
Passage to UK
and began refit in Thames shipyard.
9 4 3
Radar Type 282 fitted for fire-control of
Close Range AA defence.
Close range 20mm armament comprised 5 Twin
and three single mountings.
Nominated for foreign
service in Indian
Completed sea trials and shakedown for
service with 4th Cruiser Squadron.
Began work-up at Scapa
Work-up in continuation.
Joined joint military convoy WS30/KMF15 in
Sailed with convoy as part of Ocean
(Note: Escort also included HM Maintenance
Aircraft Carrier UNICORN, HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser ASTURIAS, HM Destroyers
ACTIVE, BOADICEA, CLEVELAND,
Polish ORP SLAZAK, HM Sloops WELLINGTON,
LOWESTOFT and WESTON,
GORLESTON and TOTLAND, HM
Frigates EXE and NESS.)
Detached from joint convoy with WS30 off Gibraltar
as Ocean Escort to Freetown when KMF15
took passage to
with main escort.
(Note: HM Destroyers ANTELOPE, CATTERICK,
FOXHOUND joined escort from Gibraltar
for the passage
Detached from WS30 on arrival at Freetown.
Joined WS30 on departure from Freetown
as Ocean Escort.
(Note: HM Armed Merchant Cruisers CORFU and CARNARVON
CASTLE, HM Destroyers
CATTERICK, RAPID, WITCH and WOLVERINE also
part of escort.)
Local Escort detached and relieved by HM
Destroyers NORMAN, QUADRANT and REDOUBT
for passage to
Detached from WS30 on arrival at
Capetown for independent passage to Durban.
Sailed from Durban
to join Squadron.
Joined 4th Cruiser Squadron at Kilindini
Trials and exercises with HM Cruisers
NEWCASTLE, FROBISHER and SUSSEX.
Arrived at Diego Suarez.
Deployed on convoy defence and
interception of supply ships in Indian
Sailed from Fremantle for convoy defence
Returned to Kilindini.
Ocean convoy defence and interception in
(Note: Significant military convoy traffic
was on passage to India.)
9 4 4
Convoy defence and interception in Indian Ocean.
Deployed with HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE, KENYA,
HM Destroyer NEPAL
and HM Frigate BANN in an unsuccessful
on passage to Europe
Indian Ocean deployment in continuation.
Deployed as Force 68 with HM Destroyer
QUADRANT in search for U-Boat Supply Ship
BRAKE supported by RAF aircraft from Mauritius
(Note: HMS NEWCASTLE, HM Aircraft Carrier BATTLER and HM
intercepted and sank the enemy ship on
See WAR WITH JAPAN
Ocean convoy defence duty.
Deployed with HM Cruiser LONDON
as escort for Replenishment Group (Force
67) of six
tankers and a
water carrier to support Force 66 ships
for air operations by Eastern Fleet
installations and oil refineries at Soerabaya.
Took passage to Exmouth
Bay, NW Australia (Operation TRANSOM).
(Note: Operation was covered by ships of
Eastern Fleet as Force 65.
See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO) for details.)
Passage to Exmouth Bay with Force 67.
After refuelling was complete transferred
to Force 68 with HMS LONDON.
Joined aircraft carriers HMS ILLUSTRIOUS
and USS SARATOGA,
HM Cruisers CEYLON and
(RNZN) screened by HM Destroyers QUILLIAM,
US destroyers USS, DUNLOP, CUMMINGS and
FANNING for passage to
Provided cover during air strikes.
USS SARATOGA and US
destroyers detached to return to US 5th
(Note: One aircraft from USS SARATOGA was
lost during TRANSOM.)
Rejoined Force 67 as escort for passage
back to Trincomalee.
At Trincomalee. Prepared
Passage to Durban.
Passage to Ceylon
to join 5th Cruiser Squadron, Eastern
Nominated for service in Force 63 for
Joined TG63.2 with HM Cruisers CUMBERLAND,
LONDON, HM Destroyers RELENTLESS,
RAIDER, NORMAN (RAN) and Dutch destroyer
VAN GALEN for an Eastern Fleet
operation against Japanese targets on Nicobar
Islands during the US
(For details see OPERATION PACIFIC by E
Gray and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Trincomalee with Force 63 for MILLET.
(Note: TG63.1 comprised HMS RENOWN
screened by H M Destroyers QUILLIAM,
TG63.3 comprised HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS, HM
Cruiser PHOEBE, HM
Destroyers WHELP, WAGER, WESSEX
Refuelled from HMS RENOWN of TG63.1
Bombarded targets in Malacca area with
TG63-2 between carrier air strikes.
Bombarded Car Nicobar
with HM Battleship RENOWN, HMS RAIDER, HMS
QUEENBOROUGH during air strikes at Nancowry
by Force 63.3.
Under attacks by aircraft which were
repelled by fighters from Fleet.
(Note: Seven enemy aircraft were destroyed
for loss of three from carriers.
See above references.)
Rejoined Squadron for Indian
Ocean convoy defence.
Continued Squadron duties based at
9 4 5
Deployed with HM Cruisers CEYLON,
ARGONAUT and BLACK PRINCE in Force 65,
screened by H M
Destroyers KEMPENFELT, WAGER, WHELP,
UNDAUNTED, UNDINE and URSA to cover air
attacks by HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS and INDEFATIGABLE
on oil refineries at Pangkalan
Brandan, Sumatra (Operation LENTIL).
(Note: This was intended as a second
rehearsal for planned raid on Palembang.
Provided defence during carrier
Returned to Trincomalee and rejoined
Squadron for convoy defence duties.
Detached with HMS UNICORN, HM Destroyers ULSTER,
QUIBERON and QUICKMATCH
for escort of
liner taking HRH
The Duke of Gloucester (Governor General
designate of Australia)
leg of journey from Fremantle to Sydney.
Passage to Australia.
Royal Escort duty in continuation.
Return passage from Fremantle on
completion of escort duty.
Deployed in support of military operations
and based at Akyab.
Assisted in temporary repair of HM
Destroyer RAPID at Akyab.
(Note: This destroyer had been damaged
during shipping strike in Andamans.
Continued deployment in Malacca Strait
and off Burmese coast.
Deployed with HM Battleship QUEEN
ELIZABETH, French RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers
CUMBERLAND, Dutch TROMP and HM Escort
Carriers EMPRESS and SHAH,
screened by H M
NUBIAN and PENN as Force 63
(Note: This was intended to prevent
interference by Japanese warships during
Provided cover during air strikes on
airfields at Car Nicobar
and bombarded shore targets at
and Port Blair with ships of Force 63.
Took part in
further bombardment of Car Nicobar.
Before taking passage with Force 63 to
cover landings carried cut bombardments at
Deployed with Force 63 to cover DRACULA
(Note: Carrier aircraft made strikes en
shipping and aircraft during this period and HMS QUEEN
bombarded Stewart Sound in Andamans.
Returned to Trincomalee with Force 63.
Resumed convoy defence and patrol duty in
Ocean with Squadron.
Nominated for duty in Force 63 for planned
Escorted H M Escort Carriers STALKER,
KHEDIVE and AMEER of 21st Aircraft Carrier
Squadron with HM Cruiser ROYALIST screened
by HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM,
RACEHORSE, REDOUBT, RELENTLESS and ROEBUCK
during series of photo-
flights over south Malaya, air attacks en
airfields in northern Sumatra and on
shipping in the
Malacca Strait (Operation BALSAM). (For
details of naval operations in Indian
Ocean see OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray, THE
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton and
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Withdrawn from operational Fleet duty
Sailed for UK
for deployment on trooping duties.
On arrival in UK
prepared for use in trooping duties.