1 9 3 5
26th Commissioned with reduced complement for trials.
4th Passage to Clyde for trials including measured
mile and Full Power.
19th Passage to Solent on completion
21st Passage to Chatham
22nd Arrived at Chatham
April Repair of defects arising from
Final dockyard work completed.
21st Commissioned for
service as Flagship, 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
(Note: Replaced HM Cruiser DELHI as Flagship.)
Prepared for service.
12th Completed to full complement
20th Took passage from Chatham for work-up
22nd Commenced work-up at Portland.
11th Took passage from Portland for Gibraltar
15th At Gibraltar and deployed with Mediterranean
Fleet as Flagship CS3
20th Grounded on arrival at Malta and refloated with the aid of tugs.
29th Sailed from Malta with Fleet
units for Exercise and Visits Programme.
in eastern Mediterranean with Mediterranean Fleet units.
to December (Note: Invasion of Abyssinia by Italy
resulted in reinforcement of Mediterranean Fleet
increased state of readiness for British warships.)
1 9 3 6
duties in continuation and took part in Fleet exercises and visits programmes
including joint exercises with Home Fleet ships at Gibraltar during annual Spring visit.
of civil war in Spain significantly affected Fleet
requirements and included
institution of patrols in western Mediterranean.
1 9 3 7
January Fleet duties as Flagship CS3 in
structural damage in heavy weather and returned to Malta for repair.
March Resumed Flagship duties on
duties in Mediterranean.
to Almeria, Spain with HM
14th Sailed from Almeria with seriously damaged
destroyer HMS HUNTER in tow for passage
to Gibraltar escorted by HM Destroyers IMOGEN and ICARUS.
This destroyer had been seriously damaged by a mine during Non-intervention
patrol off Spanish south coast.)
15th Arrived at Gibraltar with HMS
HUNTER in tow.
Deployed with Squadron in Mediterranean
to July Nominated
for return to UK to re-commission for further
service as Flagship, 3rd Cruiser
Mediterranean Fleet after refit.)
23rd Sailed from Malta for Sheerness
31st Arrived at
Sheerness to de-ammunition prior to refit.
and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham.
2nd Re-commissioned for service as
Flagship, 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
15th Sailed from Chatham for Spithead prior to returning to Malta for service.
20th Arrived at Gibraltar.
23rd Rejoined Squadron at Malta and Flag transferred.
with Squadron in Malta.
1 9 3 8
Fleet duties with Squadron including joint exercises with Home Fleet in Spring.
part in Spring and Summer Exercise and visits
programme which included preparation
for war service during the Munich crisis. Routine
maintenance periods in Malta.
1 9 3 9
January Deployed with Squadron in Mediterranean and took part in joint annual
to April Home Fleet.
deployment in continuation with Squadron and Fleet visits in eastern Mediterranean.
Took part in Fleet exercises in
anticipation of war with Italy as arranged by CinC.
August Returned to Alexandria when Black Sea ports visit cancelled and
prepared for war service.
contraband control patrols.
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with HM Cruisers GALATEA and COVENTRY for patrol duties in Mediterranean.
to October based in Alexandria
duties in continuation.
for transfer to 2nd Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet.
1st Sailed from Alexandria for patrol
during passage to Malta.
7th Under repair in Malta.
18th Resumed operational service.
23rd Sailed for patrol.
30th Returned to Malta. Relieved as Flagship by HM
31st Took passage to Gibraltar en route to UK for Home
1 9 4 0
3rd At Gibraltar
6th Arrived at Portsmouth and prepared for service in
26th Sailed from Portsmouth to Scapa Flow for service with HM Cruisers
and AURORA as 2nd Cruiser Squadron.
29th Arrived at Scapa Flow.
for interception patrol in North Sea and NW Approaches.
14th Sailed from Rosyth with HM Destroyers
COSSACK, INTREPID, IVANHOE, NUBIAN and
to carry out search for German tanker ALTMARK which was carrying British
seamen captured by commerce raiders.
17th During deployment with HMS INTREPID and
HMS IVANHOE as separate search group
sighted enemy ship off Egro Light
details of search see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett.
Boarding party from HMS COSSACK later rescued prisoners from ALTMARK
in Josing Fjord, Norway.)
March Deployed with Squadron to carry
out two offensive sweeps in Skaggerak for
of enemy warships on passage to attack shipping in North Sea and NW Approaches or to
return to Germany as blockade runners.
April Deployed at Rosyth
7th Sailed from Rosyth with HM Cruiser
GALATEA, HM Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH,
ZULU, COSSACK, KASHMIR, KELVIN, Polish destroyers ORP GROM, BURZA
and BLYSKAWICA to carry out search for German warships
reported on passage north of
position 58.30N 3.30E.
8th Joined by HM Destroyers SOMALI, MATABELE, MASHONA and TARTAR. and continued
9th Ordered to join ships of Home Fleet in
Bergen/Trondheim area after German invasion forces
had landed in Norway.
KELVIN and HMS KASHMIR involved in collision and detached with HMS ZULU
and HMS COSSACK as escort during return to harbour.
with HM Cruiser GALATEA, EMILE BERTIN and two French destroyers to carry
out sweep between Fejeosen Fjord
and south of Kors Fjord to prevent enemy
arriving in Stavanger and Bergen.
11th Took passage to Scapa Flow to refuel.
13th Sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS GALATEA to Rosyth.
14th Embarked troops for and stores planned
landings at Namsos (Operation MAURICE)
16th: Destination for landings changed to
Andalsnes but troops to be transferred to destroyers
at Molde for onward transport (Operation SICKLE).
17th Sailed from Rosyth with HM Cruisers
GALATEA, CARLISLE and CURACOA screened by
Destroyers ACHERON and ARROW as escort for troopship ORION during passage to
after delays in embarkation of AA guns and the later need to revise stowage
and distribution of troops. For details see NAVAL OPERATIONS
OF THE CAMPAIGN IN
NORWAY, April to June 1940 (HMSO).)
18th Transferred troops at Molde with HMS
HMS GALATEA and HMS CARLISLE landed troops at Andalsnes.
20th Arrived at Rosyth
with HMS GALATEA without incident.
21st Embarked RAF
personnel and AA guns for passage to establish airfield at Lesjaskog.
22nd Landed passengers and equipment at Andalsnes.
30th Deployed at Andalsnes with HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD, GALATEA and SOUTHAMPTON,
HM Destroyers MASHONA,
SIKH, TARTAR, WALKER, WANDERER and WESTCOTT
for evacuation of troops. For details of the disastrous
operations off Norway see above reference,
DOOMED EXPEDITION by Adams, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY,
CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton and NARVIK by D MacIntyre.)
7th Transferred to Nore Command and took
passage to Harwich to assist in support of military
11th Escorted two Dutch mercantiles carrying gold bullion to Southend from Ijmuiden, Holland.
24th Sailed from Portsmouth with HMS GALATEA to carry out
bombardment of shore batteries
near Calais. Operation cancelled as ship
could not arrive before nightfall.
25th At Sheerness
26th Carried out bombardment with HMS
GALATEA, HM Destroyers GRAFTON, GREYHOUND,
VERITY, VIMIERA, WESSEX, WOLFHOUND
and Polish ORP SLAZAK.
Under air attacks during which HMS WESSEX was sunk.
27th Returned to Sheerness.
Deployed in support of the
evacuation of allied personnel from France (Operation AERIAL)
17th Arrived at Le Verdon at mouth of Gironde estuary to take charge of
18th At Le Verdon for meetings between British Ambassador and First Sea Lord regarding
future policy for dealing with French naval forces.
19th Embarked officials from British Embassy.
20th Embarked President of Poland with his
diplomatic staff and took passage to Plymouth
on relief as SNO Le Verdon by HMS GALATEA.
21st Landed 221
passengers at Plymouth.
27th At Portsmouth and nominated
for transfer to Mediterranean.
28th Embarked Admiral James Somerville, Flag
Officer Force H designate and sailed for Gibraltar.
30th Flag transferred to HM Battlecruiser
HOOD on arrival at Gibraltar.
as part of Force H based at Gibraltar.
2nd Sailed from Gibraltar with HMS HOOD, HM Battleships
VALIANT and RESOLUTION,
HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL, HM Cruiser ENTERPRISE, HM Destroyers ACTIVE,
FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FORESTER, FOXHOUND, KEPPEL, VIDETTE,
VORTIGERN and WRESTLER.
3rd Deployed off Oran for operation aimed at denying
use by Germany of French warships.
failure of negotiations with French Admiral Gensoul took part in bombardment of
warships in French naval base at Mers-el-Kebir with heavy loss of French lives.
details see RELUCTANT ENEMIES by W Tute.
8th Deployed with HMS HOOD, HMS VALIANT,
HMS RESOLUTION, HM Cruisers DELHI,
and ENTERPRISE, HM Destroyers FAULKNOR,
FOXHOUND, FEARLESS, FORESTER,
DOUGLAS, ACTIVE, VELOX, VORTIGERN and WRESTLER to provide cover
for HMS ARK ROYAL during planned air
attacks on Cagliari (Operation MA5).
The air attacks were intended to prevent assistance being given to ships of the
Fleet engaged in an action of Calabria with Italian warships.)
10th Operation abandoned after air attacks.
11th Returned to Gibraltar with same
22nd Deployed with Force H to provide cover
for HMS ARK ROYAL during planned air
attacks on Bordeaux.
25th Returned to Gibraltar whilst on passage when operation
cancelled because of weather conditions
in Bay of Biscay.
31st Deployed with HMS VALIANT, HMS
RESOLUTION, and screened by HM Destroyers
and VELOX as Group 2 to cover Malta aircraft delivery from HM
Carrier ARGUS (Operation HURRY).
This was coincident with Operation CRUSH – Air attacks on Cagliari from HMS
ROYAL which was being covered by other ships of Force H)
2nd Detached after successful launch of
aircraft and carried out unsuccessful search for French
mercantile GOUVERNEUR-GENERAL DE GUEYDON which was believed
to be taking
minister Edouard Daladier from Algiers to Marseilles. Rejoined
ships of Force H.
4th On return to Gibraltar from HURRY
relieved in Force H by HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD.
7th Passage in Atlantic to Chatham for refit and
12th Under refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham
September At Chatham
9th Carried out post refit trials and took
passage to rejoin 2nd Cruiser Squadron at Scapa Flow.
Involved in collision with mercantile and sustained structural
Source are at variance about place of repair. One
records at Chatham and another
31st Taken in hand for
repair at Newcastle. To be confirmed.
One source records ship opened fire with AA guns whilst in dry dock at Chatham
during an air raid and that as a result ship was deployed in Thames near Tower
Bridge to supplement shore AA defences. To be confirmed.)
23rd Carried out post repair trials off Tyne and resumed operational service
in Squadron for
interception patrols in NW Approaches.
December London AA deployment to be confirmed.
8th Deployed to provide cover for minelay
in Northern Barrage by HM Auxiliary Minelayers
and AGAMEMNON (Operation SN10A)
details of all minelaying operations see Naval Staff History (Mining).
1 9 4 1
3rd Provided cover for minelay by HM
Destroyers INTREPID and ICARUS off Egersund,
Norway with HM Cruiser AURORA and
Fleet destroyer screen (Operation DZ)
patrol duties with Squadron on return to Scapa Flow.
for provision of cover for minelay in addition to patrol deployment.
1st Deployed to provide cover for planned
minelay by HMS INTREPID off Fro Havet, Norway
with HMS AURORA and Fleet destroyer screen (Operation EA)
cancelled during passage due to weather conditions and returned to Scapa Flow.
17th Provided cover for HM Auxiliary
Minelayers AGAMEMNON, PORT QUEBEC and
during Northern Barrage minelays (Operation SN7B and
Detached for convoy defence.
20th (Note: One source also records
deployment as escort for military convoy on passage
to Gibraltar. No record of escort for WS Series convoy
confirms this but
routine convoy OG53 sailed from Liverpool on 18th February and arrived
at Gibraltar on 1st March)
1st At Gibraltar
10th Escorted ss STRATHMORE to Greenock.
13th Detached to join HM Battlecruiser RENOWN
and HMS ARK ROYAL in search for
German battlecruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU sighted by
MALAYA near Cape Verde Islands.
Took passage to return to Scapa Flow when German
ships returned to Brest.
30th Resumed patrol duties with Squadron at Scapa Flow.
April Deployed for interception patrol
for patrol in Faeroes-Iceland Gap.
23rd Joined HM Cruisers BIRMINGHAM and NEWCASTLE for interception of German
battleship BISMARCK known to be on passage to attack Atlantic convoys.
24th Remained off Iceland to intercept BISMARCK if her return
passage was made northward.
3rd Returned to Scapa Flow from patrol.
25th Provided cover for HM Auxiliary
Minelayers AGAMEMNON and MENESTHEUS
during Northern Barrage minelay (Operation SN70B).
30th At Scapa Flow
Nominated for support of Malta relief convoy (Operation
An RAF Air-Surface radar was installed. This had been modified for naval use
designated Type 286M. It use was limited as the aerial could not rotate.
For details of development and
use of radar in the RN see RADAR AT SEA
by D Howse.)
with HM Battleship NELSON, HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and HM Destroyers
COSSACK, LIGHTNING, NESTOR (RAN)
and SIKH for escort of Convoy WS9C and took
passage from Scapa Flow to Londonderry.
convoy during passage in NW Approaches. For details see MALTA CONVOYS
Woodman, The Naval Staff History, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY,
THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D
Macintyre, THE NAVAL WAR IN
THE MEDITERRANEAN by J Green and A Massignani and Naval Staff History for details.)
from WS9C with HMS COSSACK and HMS SIKH as escort for troopship
LEINSTER into Gibraltar.
(Note: LEINSTER was to embark troops for passage to Malta. See below)
with HM Cruisers EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER and MANXMAN, HM
Destroyers COSSACK, MAORI,
NESTOR (RAN), FEARLESS, FOXHOUND,
FIREDRAKE, ENCOUNTER, ERIDGE and
FARNDALE for escort of convoy through
Sicilian Narrows into Malta as Force X. Cover was provided for passage in
Mediterranean by ships of Force H based at Gibraltar
23rd Under air attacks with Force X and mercantiles.
(Note: HMS MANCHESTER and HMS
FEARLESS were hit by torpedoes.
HMS FEARLESS had to be sunk by
HMS FORESTER but the cruiser had to
return to Gibraltar escorted by HMS AVONVALE.
HERMIONE from Force H replaced HMS MANCHESTER in Force X)
24th Under attack by Italian torpedo craft
west of Pantalleria during which mercantile SYDNEY
STAR was torpedoed and troops
transferred to HMAS NESTOR.
(Note: SYDNEY STAR was later able to renew passage and despite air
in Malta. See references.)
with HMS EDINBURGH and HMS MANXMAN to land stores in Malta and
rejoined Force X to transit Sicilian Narrows overnight.
Force H ships off Bone and took passage to Gibraltar.
at Gibraltar for planned operation and joined Force H (Operation STYLE)
from Gibraltar with HMS HERMIONE and HMS MANXMAN escorted by HMS
SIKH and LIGHTNING taking
personnel previously embarked in ss LEINSTER
(Note: LEINSTER had run aground on leaving Gibraltar to join Convoy GM1.)
1st Cover for
passage to Sicilian Narrows provided by
ships of Force H.
2nd Italian submarine TEMBIEN was sunk off Tunis during transit,
This submarine had been charging batteries on surface and rammed.)
Sailed from Malta with same
ships after passengers and stores landed.
3rd Rejoined Group II of Force H and took
return passage with them to Gibraltar.
HM Destroyer FARNDALE joined off Malta for return passage but later
II also included HMS NELSON, HMS MANXMAN, HM Destroyers
FAULKNOR, FURY, FOXHOUND and FORESIGHT.)
7th Passage to UK from Gibraltar.
for refit in Tyne commercial shipyard
24th Taken in hand for
to October Radar Type 272 to provide warning of surface craft and
land was fitted.
Fire-control Radar Type 284 was
fitted for main armament. See above reference.
1st On completion of
post refit trials resumed Home Fleet duties at Scapa Flow.
for support of planned landing in Lofoten Islands by Commando units (Operation
Took part in
preparatory exercises for ANKLET.
24th Sailed from Scapa Flow with HM Destroyers ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ESKIMO, SOMALI,
LAMERTON, Polish destroyers ORP KUJAWIAK and KRAKOWIAK
Corvettes ACANTHUS and EGLANTINE, HM Fleet Minesweepers HARRIER,
SPEEDWELL and SCOTT, HM Landing Ships (Infantry) PRINSES
CHARLOTTE and PRINCE ALBERT to carry out landing on Lofotens.
HMS SCOTT was deployed as a Navigational Ship and HM Submarine SEALION
had been stationed in landing area as a Marker.)
26th Carried out search of Vestfjord during which two Norwegian trawlers were captured
the German auxiliary warship GEIER (V5904) was boarded by a
party from HMS ASHANTI.
Although damaged tow of this vessel was attempted but later
abandoned when air attacks began.
The primary objective of ANKLET was to obtain information about the ENIGMA
coding machine. One was taken from GEIER with the associated
documentation was taken from GEIER for delivery to Bletchley Park.
details see ENIGMA by H Sebag-Montefiore)
27th Operation abandoned because of lack of
air cover. at Kirkfjord, Lofotens.
Sustained slight damage from
near miss during air attacks
28th Passage to Scapa Flow with same
1 9 4 2
January Nominated for refit and took
passage to Sheerness.
Taken in hand
for refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham.
to March (Note: Type 281 radar for warning of aircraft was
fitted and close range AA armament improved.)
April Nominated for service in Mediterranean with 15th Cruiser Squadron
based at Alexandria.
out post refit trials before taking passage to Scapa Flow for work-up with
ships of Home Fleet.
25th Commenced work-up
On completion took passage to Alexandria via Cape of Good Hope and Red Sea.
9th Arrived at Alexandria and joined EURYALUS, DIDO and
HERMIONE in 15th
13th Sailed from Alexandria with H M Cruisers ARETHUSA, BIRMINGHAM, CLEOPATRA,
EURYALUS, HERMIONE and NEWCASTLE screened by HM Destroyers HASTY,
HERO, INCONSTANT, JAVELIN,
JERVIS, KELVIN, NAPIER. NESTOR, NIZAM,
NORMAN, PAKENHAM, PALADIN, SIKH
and ZULU to provide escort for Malta
Convoy MW11 during passage in
eastern Mediterranean (Operation VIGOROUS).
(Note: This operation was
co-incident with a similar relief convoy from Gibraltar which came
under air, submarine and surface warship attacks although two mercantiles arrived in
Malta (Operation HARPOON)
Battleship CENTURION, disarmed before outbreak of WW2 was also deployed
with MW11 and disguised to resemble a KGV Class battleship.
other destroyers were also deployed as Close escorts for MW11 for period,
prior to arrival of Mediterranean Fleet units.)
details see THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett, HITLER'S U-BOAT
WAR by C Blair and the Naval Staff History.)
14th Joined MW11 with Fleet units. Under heavy and sustained air
Submarine attack by U77 driven off by HMS PAKENHAM.
Convoy under threat of attack by Italian fleet units.
15th Convoy ordered by CinC ashore in Alexandria to reverse course.
night attack by German E-Boats during which HMS HASTY was torpedoed and had
sunk by HMS HOTSPUR. HMS NEWCASTLE was also hit by a torpedo and withdrawn
from escort to return to Alexandria.
attacks resumed after daylight but convoy ordered to resume westward passage
the air attacks sustained damage but remained with escort.
(Note: HMS BIRMINGHAM and HMS
CENTURION were also damaged.
HMS AIREDALE and HMS NESTOR had
to be sunk.
Owing to the heavy expenditure
of AA ammunition by escorts which would have left
insufficient stocks to ensure safe passage to Malta the operation was abandoned.
16th Returned to Alexandria with Fleet units.
On completion of repair resumed
service with Squadron.
out bombardment at Mersa Matru with HM Cruiser DIDO
for escort of diversion convoy in eastern Mediterranean (Operation MG3).
This was to attract enemy attention in the eastern Mediterranean during passage of a Malta
relief convoy from Gibraltar (Operation
10th Sailed with HM Cruiser DIDO screened by HM Destroyers JERVIS,
BEAUFORT, DULVERTON, ERIDGE, HURSLEY, HURWORTH, HM Corvette
and HM Auxiliary Escort ANTWERP as escort for MW12 of three mercantiles during
cruise in eastern Mediterranean
11th HM Cruisers CLEOPATRA and DIDO screened by HM Destroyers
JAVELIN SIKH and ZULU
joined convoy with one mercantile from Haifa
with HMS EURYALUS, HMS JAVELIN, HMS KELVIN, HMS SIKH and HMS ZULU
to carry out bombardment of Rhodes.
12th Rejoined convoy MW12 for return passage
13th Arrived at Alexandria with escort.
September Deployed with Squadron in eastern Mediterranean
to October (During this period
Fleet operations were limited by lack of resources.)
November Nominated for escort of Malta relief convoy MW13 (Operation STONEAGE).
16th Joined convoy with HM Destroyers JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN,
NUBIAN, PAKENHAM, PALADIN
and PETARD as escort after it left Port Said.
17th Relieved as escort by HM Destroyers ALDENHAM, BEAUFORT,
DULVERTON, EXMOOR, HURSLEY, HURWORTH, TETCOTT and
Greek destroyer PINDOS.
Returned to Alexandria with original screen.
18th Rejoined MW13 with HM Cruisers CLEOPATRA, DIDO and ORION and
unsuccessful air attacks came under further by torpedo carrying aircraft at
on port side abreast B turret and took on heavy list to Port.
fires in forward structure due to oil fuel together with flooding. 156 killed
and 42 injured
Hole in structure was later found to be 53 ft long and 35 feet deep.
19th Fires under control and took passage under own power using
emergency steering, escorted by HMS
PETARD, HMS JERVIS and HMS JAVELIN.
in tow by PETARD when damaged section bucking. Other destroyers detached to
20th Tow by HMS PETARD stern first in
21st Arrived at Alexandria and assisted to tugs to prevent further damage by use
of main engines.
temporary repair at Alexandria to allow ocean passage.
1 9 4 3
repair arranged in US Navy Dockyard at Charlestown
7th Sailed from Alexandria for passage to USA via Red Sea
in Indian Ocean after call at Durban
4th At Cape Town
passage in Atlantic Ocean
30th Arrived at Charlestown, South Carolina after call in Bermuda.
in hand for repair and refit
to November (Note: Work included
preparation for installation of Radar equipment to be fitted in
UK before resuming operational
service. AA armament for defence
range attacks was also improved.
3rd On completion of post refit harbour and sea trials took passage
to US Navy Yard at Norfolk, Va.
1 9 4 4
from Norfolk to Chatham with call at Bermuda.
February Taken in hand for completion of
refit work and installation not possible in USA.
Fit of fire control Radar for AA armament and Barrage control of AA mountings
refit by HM Dockyard Chatham.
April Post refit harbour trials.
6th Carried out post refit sea trials in Nore area.
Nominated for support of planned allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE).
22nd Joined 1st Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet at Scapa Flow
30th Deployed for training in preparation for support bombardment
for duty in Bombarding Force D for support of landings on SWORD Beach in
Eastern Task Force area. Fire Plan targets included shore
batteries at Sallenelles.
details of naval activities prior to and during landings see LANDINGS IN
June 1944 (HMSO) and OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards.
24th Joined Force D in Clyde.
26th Carried out bombardment exercises in NW Approaches with HM
Battleship WARSPITE and
ships of Bombardment Forces D, E and K.
to Clyde on completion of exercises.
3rd Sailed from Clyde for passage to Portsmouth with HM Battleships WARSPITE and RAMILLIES,
Cruisers MAURITIUS DANAE, FROBISHER and Polish cruiser ORP DRAGON as Convoy S6
escorted by HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ and SWIFT, Norwegian
destroyers SVENNER and STORD,
HM Frigates ROWLEY and HOLMES.
4th Arrived in Solent,
postponed 24 hours.
5th HM Monitor ROBERTS joined Force D.
Sailed for SWORD beach head.
6th Carried out bombardment of SWORD Beach with HMS WARSPITE, HMS RAMILLIES, HMS
ORP DRAGON screened by HM Destroyers SAVAGE and UNDINE.
Took part in brief engagement with German destroyers from Le Havre which retired.
off beach head with Eastern Task Force for gunfire support apart from periods
14th At Portsmouth for special duty.
16th Embarked HM King George VI and Chiefs of the Defence Staff
for visit to beach heads.
Sailed from Portsmouth escorted by HM Destroyers SCOURGE
Returned to Portsmouth and visitors disembarked.
24th Under air attack in Seine Bay and sustained slight damage from
25th Damaged by magnetic mine dropped by aircraft and sustained
internal damage when it exploded
30th Under temporary repair by HM Dockyard Portsmouth
August Passage to Greenock for refit and completion of repair
in commercial shipyard.
4th Taken in hand for refit
September Under refit
to December Nominated for service in
15th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet on completion.
1 9 4 5
out post refit trials
completion took passage to Gibraltar.
February Passage to Malta
13th Deployed at Piraeus for support of military operations
duties in Mediterranean in continuation.
to April (Note:
Support was provided by RN warships during re-occupation of islands in Aegean
and Adriatic as well as for military operations in Italy and France.)
for support of British troops in Trieste and for Fleet training exercises
to August with ships working-up for
operational service in Pacific.
In addition for interception patrol to prevent illegal immigration