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3rd Build completion and commissioned for
service in 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
completion took passage to Portsmouth to complete storing and
prepared for foreign service.
23rd Sailed from Plymouth to join Squadron.
25th Arrived at Gibraltar
with Squadron at Malta
15th Flag of Rear Admiral (Destroyers)
with Squadron fir Exercise and Visits Programme.
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routine Docking at Malta
Flagship duties on completion.
with Squadron in Mediterranean and took part Fleet Exercises and
Planned programme was affected by outbreak of civil war in Spain.
one period joined German DEUTSCHLAND and Italian destroyer
joint observation patrol.)
with Fleet Alexandria after Italian invasion of Abyssinia and took
in exercises to prepare for hostilities with newly arrive ships joining
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deployment in Mediterranean in continuation.
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service as Flagship for RA(D) Mediterranean in continuation
had been extended in view of political situation.
for return to UK to re-commission after refit
part in Fleet Programme and prepared for return passage.
31st Flag of RA(D) transferred to HM Depot
7th Arrived at Devonport and Paid-off.
in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
refit harbour trials and prepared for re-commissioning.
30th Refit work completed and carried out
post refit sea trials.
for service in 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
8th Sailed for Gibraltar on completion of trials and
14th Sailed from Gibraltar to rejoin Squadron in Malta.
Flag of RA(D) Mediterranean Fleet.
Other ships in 3rd Cruiser Squadron were HMS PENELOPE and ARETHUSA (Flag CS3)
COVENTRY deployed as an AA Cruiser may have been administered
at Alexandria with Squadron and major Fleet units during Munich crisis.
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in 3rd Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet with H M Cruisers ARETHUSA,
8th Passage to Gibraltar from UK to Join Squadron at Alexandria.
18th Deployed on contraband control and
patrol in Mediterranean with ships of Squadron
and patrol duty In continuation.
details of naval activities in 1939 see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
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and patrol duty in continuation.
to Home Fleet for duty in 2nd Cruiser Squadron.
to UK to Joined HM Cruisers
ARETHUSA, AURORA and PENELOPE in Squadron.
10th Diverted on passage to UK for temporary duty in
Western Approaches Command.
on interception of six German blockade runners attempting to return from
Vigo to Germany. Three were captured, two
sank and only one arrived in Germany. March
4th Deployed at Scapa Flow with Squadron for Home Fleet
7th Sailed from Rosyth with HMS ARETHUSA
screened by HM Destroyers CODRINGTON, GRIFFIN
and ESCAPADE to join ships of Home Fleet in search for German warships in
9th After German invasion of Norway detached for offensive sweep
German ships taking
11th Returned to UK to refuel.
17th Sailed from Rosyth with HM Cruisers
CURACOA screened by HM Destroyers ACHERON and ARROW as escort for ss ORION
148th Infantry Brigade to Namsos (Operation MAURICE).
18th Diverted to Andalsnes and transferred
troops from ORION to shore.
details of the disastrous naval operations off Norway see NARVIK by Donald MacIntyre
Naval Staff History
21st Embarked troops of 15th Infantry
Brigade at Rosyth for passage to Andalsnes.
22nd Passage to Norway with HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD and GLASGOW and 6 Fleet
23rd Returned to Scapa Flow after 15th Inf. Bde had
29th Sailed from Scapa Flow to support evacuation of
30th Assisted in evacuation of allied troops
from Andalsnes and Molde with HM
ARETHUSA, SHEFFIELD and SOUTHAMPTON.
1st Passage to Scapa Flow.
7th Transferred to Sheerness with HMS
ARETHUSA for anti-invasion duty in North
Escorted ships from Ymuiden including one with Dutch gold
24th Supported military operation in defence
of Calais with HMS ARETHUSA
bombarded shore positions (See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P. Smith).
26th Resumed patrol duties at Sheerness
invasion patrol duties in continuation.
17th Deployed in support of military
evacuation from ports in Bay of Biscay.
AERIAL - See Naval Staff History).
Embarked British Ambassador to France at St. Jean de Luz from HM
FRASER (RCN) for his return passage to Plymouth. Returned to Bay of Biscay
continue evacuation. Embarked personnel from La Verdone.
completion rejoined Squadron at Scapa Flow.
Deployed on patrol duties in North Sea based on Humber.
Sea Anti-invasion patrol in continuation.
25th Deployed with HM Cruiser CARDIFF in search for invasion
three destroyers off Sheringham Light Vessel.
1st Returned to Humber after fruitless search.
6th Deployment at Sheerness in
by mine and taken in hand for repair at Chatham.
mountings fitted to improve close range AA defence.
Type 279 fitted for aircraft warning.
control radar fitted for main and AA armament.
details of development and use of radar in RN see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse).
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Squadron at Scapa
resumed Home Fleet duties.
February Deployed for interception patrol
and Fleet screening in NW Approaches
19th Provided Ocean Escort for ships of
1st Minelaying Squadron during minelay
Northern Barrage (Operation SN69).
6th Provided Ocean Escort for ships of 1st
Minelaying Squadron during Northern Barrage minelay.
(Operation SN8E - For details see Naval Staff History (MINING).)
with AURORA and ARETHUSA on patrol in Faeroes -Iceland Gap
19th Brought to short notice at Scapa Flow with ships of Home Fleet
battleship BISMARCK was anticipated.
H M Battleship KING GEORGE V, H M Cruisers AURORA,
KENYA and HERMIONE, H M Destroyers
ACTIVE and WINDSOR)
22nd Sailed Scapa Flow to join search.
24th Joined HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS
with HM Cruisers AURORA,
KENYA and HERMIONE during Home
Fleet search for BISMARCK and
cruiser PRINZ EUGEN.
SINK THE BISMARCK by L Kennedy).
26th Detached to refuel.
31st At Plymouth
Squadron duties with Home Fleet.
for transfer to 15th Cruiser Squadron in Eastern Mediterranean.
29th Sailed for Alexandria via Cape of Good Hope.
arrival at Alexandria deployed as AA Guardship at Suez with HM Cruiser NAIAD.
Guardship duty in continuation.
29th Joined Squadron in Mediterranean Fleet
with Squadron in Eastern Mediterranean
20th Bombarded targets at Tobruk in support
of military operations.
24th Repeated bombardment duty at Tobruk.
further details of operations in Eastern Mediterranean see THE BATTLE FOR
MEDITERRANEAN by D MacIntyre and Naval
deployment in continuation
Force B with HM Cruisers AJAX, NEPTUNE, EURYALUS and NAIAD of
Squadron to support on
operation by Force K from Malta to intercept an Italian
HM Battleship BARHAM that was covering these deployments was sunk
on 35th November - See TUBAL CAIN by DC Muskett.)
deployment In continuation.
8th Deployed with HM Cruisers NAIAD and
EURYALUS screened by H M Destroyers
GRIFFIN and HOTSPUR in
support of military operations and bombarded Derna.
13th Detached with HMS EURYALUS and HMS NAIAD
to join snipe of Force K from
Malta to intercept an
enemy supply convoys on passage from Taranto to North African,
details of Force K operations see HMS PEPPERPOT by E Gordon and above references.).
14th Operation cancelled as convoys had been
recalled. Rejoined Force B of Fleet for
(See above references).
15th Hit by salvo of torpedoes fired by U557
whilst entering swept channel 30 miles NW
Alexandria. Sank In three minutes. 150 survivors were
rescued by HMS GRIFFIN
was published on 12th January 1943. (Casualty