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September Contractor's trials.
30th Commissioned for service in Home Fleet..
29th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
November Acceptance delayed by defects
On completion of trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow to work-up with ships
of the Home Fleet
December Work-up delayed due to further repair of defects and incomplete electrical wiring as
well as foul weather.)
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January On completion of work-up joined 10th Cruiser Squadron.
Transferred to English Channel for offensive patrols to intercept coastal shipping in Bay
of Biscay and English Channel.
Deployed as Senior Officer's ship in Force 26 comprising HM Destroyers TARTAR,
ASHANTI. HAIDA (RCN), IROQUOIS (RCN), HURON (RCN) and ATHABASKAN (RCN).
(Note: TUNNEL Operations - See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by Peter C Smith).
Had relieved HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS which had been sunk in October 1943 in
a most ill-fated TUNNEL operation.)
February Channel deployment in continuation.
March Channel deployment including convoy defence against German destroyer and E-Boat attacks.
15th In action against E-Boats of 9th and 5th German Flotillas with HMS TARTAR and HMS
ASHANTI during cover of passage of coastal convoy WP492 in SW Approaches.
24th Routine docking at Plymouth after relief by HM Cruiser BLACK PRINCE in Force 26.
May Nominated for duty in support of Normandy landings (Operation NEPTUNE).
(For details see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and NORMANDY LANDINGS,
June 1944 (HMSO).).
16th During operation with HMS TARTAR, HMCS HAIDA and HMCS HURON opened fire
on HM Cruiser APOLLO covering minelay west of Ushant (Operation HOSTILE 32).
(Note: One source says Force 26 ships were not aware of minelaying operation.)
The minelaying operation was then abandoned.
For details of minelaying see Naval Staff History (Mining). ).
26th Withdrawn from cover during planned minelay because of threat of submarine attack.
30th Passage to Belfast to join Bombardment Force ships of Western Task Force.
3rd Passage to Solent with US battleships USS NEVADA, ARKANSAS and TEXAS.
4th Held in SW Approaches because of 24 hour postponement of landings.
5th Detached to Join US cruiser USS AUGUSTA at Plymouth and sailed to Solent for
passage to Western Task Force area.
6th Deployed off OMAHA beach head for gunfire support and AA Guardship duties.
8th Provided gunfire support to military operations in OMAHA area.
to Under night air attack and destroyed one aircraft by 20mm Oerlikon fire.
16th Withdrawn from NEPTUNE and remained in Reserve at Plymouth.
July Rejoined Han Fleet for operations off Norway.
17th Joined screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK with HM Cruisers Kent
DEVONSHIRE and JAMAICA to cover air attacks by HM Aircraft Carriers
FORMIDABLE. INDEFATIGABLE and FURIOUS on the German battleship
TIRPITZ in Kaafjord (Operation MASCOT)
(Note: These attacks were unsuccessful. See CONVOY ! by Peter Kemp).
19th Returned to Scapa Flow with Home Fleet ships.
31st Resumed Channel duties with ships of 10th Cruiser Squadron based at Plymouth.
Deployed with HM Cruiser DIADEM, HM Escort Carrier STRIKER, destroyers of
10th Flotilla and Frigates of 11th Support Group as Force 26.
Carried out patrol between Brest and La Rochelle to intercept U-Boats being used
to evacuate Biscay ports (Operation KINETIC)
5th Deployed with HM Destroyers TARTAR, ASHANTI, HAIDA (RCN) and
IROQUOIS (RCN) as Force 26 for attacks on convoys between Belle Isle and
6th In action against two convoys off St. Nazaire, sinking minesweepers H263, MW6 and
patrol boat V414.
One merchant ship set on fire and JUPITER disabled.
(Note: A Post War Assessment of this operation included an Aircraft Repair Ship
RICHTOFEN as being sunk.
During this period ship also deployed to provide Air-Sea Rescue cover for
Royal Flight between Gibraltar and UK.)
September On release from Force 26 took passage to Clyde for refit.
Taken in hand for refit in Clyde commercial shipyard.
20th On completion of post refit trials rejoined Squadron at Scapa Flow
23rd Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE with HM Destroyers VENUS, SCOURGE,
SAVAGE, VERULAM, CAPRICE, ZAMBESI, CASSANDRA and CAMBRIAN for
air strikes on targets at Sorreisa and Bardufoss, Norway (Operation ATHLETIC).
November Deployed at Scapa Flow.
12th Carried out attack on German convoy KS357 off Listerfjord with HM Cruiser KENT,
HM Destroyers MYNGS, VERULAM, ZAMBESI and ALGONQUIN (RCN) as Force 2.
Bombarded shore battery.
(Note: Post war assessment of losses included two mercantiles, CORNOSAILLES and
GRIEF, Minesweepers M416 and M427.)
1st Escorted Russian Convoy JW62 with HM Escort Carriers CAMPANIA, NAIRANA
HM Cruiser BELLONA, HM Destroyers BEAGLE, BULLDOG, CAESAR, CAMBRIAN,
CASSANDRA, CAPRICE, KEPPEL. OBEDIENT, OFFA, ONSLAUGHT, ORIBI,
ORWELL and WESTCOTT.
(Note: In addition frigates and sloops from Western Approaches were deployed for
7th Detached from JW62 on arrival at Kola Inlet.
10th Joined escort for returning Convoy RA62 with same ships.
(For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
CONVOY ! by P Kemp and RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield).
14th Detached from RA62 for shipping strike off Norway with Horne Fleet ships.
Passage to Rosyth for repair.
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January Rejoined Home Fleet on completion of repair.
11th Joined Force 1 with HM Cruiser NORFOLK and Fleet destroyers to cover minelay off
Utsira Island (Operation GRATIS) and shipping strike off Egersund (Operation
SPELLBINDER - For details see Naval Staff History (MINING).
Strikes by HM Cruiser DIDO and aircraft from HM Escort Carriers TRUMPETER and
PREMIER were very successful with several ships and escorts sunk or damaged.
(Note: An attack by U427 was unsuccessful.)
6th Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW64 with HM Escort Carriers CAMPANIA and
NAIRANA screened by frigates and destroyer screen.
(Note: HM Destroyers ONSLAUGHT, OPPORTUNE, ORWELL, SERAPIS,
ZAMBESI, ZEST, ZEALOUS and SIOUX (RCN) were deployed as Fighting
Destroyer Escort with Sloops and Frigates from Western Approaches also
providing additional ant-submarine defence.)
15th Detached from JW64 on arrival at Kola Inlet.
(Note: During period at Kola Inlet a Diving Party detonated charges on the hulk of
HM Frigate DENBIGH CASTLE which had been beached after being badly
damaged by torpedo attack during defence of JW64 See above references.)
17th Joined escort for returning Convoy RA64.
(Note: HM Sloop LARK and HM Corvette BLUEBELL were lost during defence of
RA64. This convoy encountered very severe weather conditions.)
See above references.)
27th Detached and resumed Home Fleet duties at Scapa Flow.
20th Joined 'Force 1' with HM Escort Carriers PREMIER, SEARCHER and QUEEN escorted
by HM Destroyers ONSLOW, ZEST, SERAPIS, HAIDA (RCN) and IROQUOIS (RCN)
for minelay off Askevold and shipping strike on shore targets (Operation CUPOLA).
(See Naval Staff History (MINING) for details).
22nd Covered air strikes on shipping off Norway by HM Escort Carriers NAIRANA,
PUNCHER, QUEEN and SEARCHER with HM Cruiser DIDO and screen of six
April Deployed with Home Fleet during anti-shipping operations off Norway by aircraft
from escort carriers.
18th Joined escort for Russian Convoy JU66 with HM Escort Carriers PREMIER. VINDEX,
HM Cruiser DIADEM, HM Destroyers OFFA, ZEPHYR, ZEST, ZODIAC, HAIDA (RCN),
HURON (RCN), IROQUOIS (RCN) and Norwegian STORD.
25th Detached on arrival at Kola Inlet.
29th Joined escort for return Convoy RA66.
4th Detached from RA66 and took passage to Rosyth.
June Deployed with Home Fleet.
Visited Oslo to take part in Victory Parade.
July Home Fleet duty with Squadron in continuation.