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24th Commissioned for Contractors Trials.
June Contractor's trials in
19th Accepted Into service and prepared for work-up.
5th Escorted liners SOBIESKI, MONARCH CF BERMUDA and BATORY
to Halifax, Canada escorted by HM Battleship REVENGE.
18th Sailed from Halifax via Bermuda for Scapa Flow.
25th Commenced work up for service with 15th Cruiser Squadron,
Home Fleet at Scapa Flow
21st On completion deployed with HM Cruiser COVENTRY to escort Atlantic convoy.
September Deployed with Home Fleet in NW
13th Deployed on Northern Patrol for interception of commerce
16th Detached to escort newly commissioned battleship HMS KING
GEORGE V from Tyne to
Rosyth with HM
Cruiser NAIAD screened by HM Destroyers BRILLIANT, ELECTRA,
MAORI and SIKH.
November Nominated for duty in
Mediterranean Fleet with 15th Cruiser Squadron.
6th Resumed Home Fleet Northern Patrol duty. Sustained weather
damage to foc'sle deck.
4th Taken in hand for repair at Rosyth.
deployed as escort for Middle East military convoy WS5A from UK.
convoy included 4 ships carrying supplies for Malta and Piraeus as part
EXCESS - See THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D
Naval Staff History (HMSO).)
18th Joined WS5 as Ocean Escort during passage in Atlantic.
Corvettes CLEMATIS, CYCLAMEN, GERANIUM and JONQUIL were also
part of escort
25th In action with German cruiser HIPPER off Finisterre with H M
Cruisers BERWICK and
DUNEDIN and HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS in defence of convoy.
turret jammed in training as a result of which modifications were carried out
all ships of
this Class. (See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
26th Rounded up ships of convoy which had scattered.
28th Detached with mercantiles taking passage through Mediterranean.
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6th Part of Force F with W Destroyers HASTY, HERO,
HERE WARD and JAGUAR as
escort to Skerki
Channel where convoy was to be transferred to Mediterranean Fleet
covering transit of convoys in Eastern
7th Ships of Force H joined convoy to provide
additional cover (Operation EXCESS).
(For details of
operations in Mediterranean see THE BATTLE FOR THE
by D Maclntyre, MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodman and Naval
9th Under air attack by Italian Savoia bombers, three of which
against two Italian destroyers with HMS HEREWARD.
Destroyer VEGA sunk and the other damaged.
superficial damage was sustained.
Covered tow of
damaged destroyer HMS GALLANT by HM Destroyer MOHAWK to
11th Arrived in Malta and joined 15th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
14th Sailed with HM Cruisers PERTH (RAN), ORION and JAGUAR for Alexandria.
February Deployed at Suda Bay with CS15 ships.
24th Joined HM Armed Boarding Vessel ROSAURA, being used as troop transport
Cruiser GLOUCESTER, HM
Destroyer HEREWARD and HM Destroyer DECOY for
commando raid on the Island
cancelled (See WAR IN THE AEGEAN by P Smith and E Walker and
NAVAL WAR IN THE
MEDITERRANEAN by Greene and A Massignani.).
27th Escorted HMS ROSAURA with HM Cruiser PERTH screened by HM
and JAGUAR to
make second attempt at landing on Casteloriso
28th Patrolled north of Casteloriso during landings which proved a
1st Transferred to 3rd Cruiser Squadron.
6th Escorted Convoy AG1 to Pireaus with HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER and YORK
9th Returned to Alexandria.
23rd Damaged by bomb splinters during air attacks on Grand Harbour,
Under repair in Malta.
rejoined Squadron at Alexandria for escort of convoys to Greece.
LUSTRE - See above references).
30th Joined HM Destroyers HEREWARD, GRIFFIN and STUART (RAN) for escort
Convoy GAS on passage to Alexandria (Operation LUSTRE).
Under attack by
Italian submarine DAGABUR which was unsuccessful.
amidships on starboard side by Italian submarine AMBRA off Sollum.
flooding caused sinking within 6 minutes.
310 of crew
rescued by HMS HEREWARD and HMAS STUART.
Casualty List was published on 17th May 1941.)