US2 joined by rms QUEEN MARY, MAURITANIA
and another liner. (Note: HM Australian
Cruiser PERTH also
part of escort of redesignated convoy
on arrival at Sydney.
- Rejoined Convoy US3 to escort
troopships in Indian Ocean from
Australia after call at Fremantle.
- Convoy destination of Ceylon changed.
Diverted to Cape of Good
Hope in case Italy entered war
- Re-deployed and transferred to
Mediterranean Fleet. Detached from
US3 and took passage to Colombo. Arrived
to Alexandria with call at Aden.
at Alexandria and joined HM Cruisers
GLOUCESTER, ORION, NEPTUNE and SYDNEY in
7th Cruiser Squadron.
to East Indies Squadron.
Passage to Port Sudan to join Red Sea
Red Sea Patrol intercepted Italian liner
UMBRIA which was being shadowed by HM
off crew of UMBRIA which scuttled at
to Aden and patrol.
with aircraft for Italian submarine off
Aden. (Note: This submarine GALILEO
GALILEI was later captured by HM
Trawler MOONSTONE and taken as Prize
with HM Destroyers KANDAHAR and KINGSTON
in search for submarine reported aground
in Red Sea. Located Italian TORRICELLI
engaged and sunk by gunfire.
attack on return passage during which
two aircraft were destroyed.
Force deployment in continuation.
convoys from Men to Port Sudan area and
Suez convoys to Bombay into the Indian
Ocean south of Men, with HM Australian
Cruiser HOBART, HM Australian Sloops
Force deployment in continuation.
air attack during escort of Convoy BN5
with HM Sloop AUCKLAND. Two aircraft
by merchant ship damaged during attacks
on Convoy BN5 with HMS AUCKLAND. One
air attack in Red Sea. Deployed as
escort for Convoy BN6 44 ships).
BN7 (32 ships) with HMS KIMBERLEY, HMS
AUCKLAND, HMAS YARRA and HM Indian Sloop
air attack without damage.
action against Italian destroyers LEONE,
NULLO, PANTERA and SAURO in defence of
Red Sea convoy. Enemy ships escaped
under cover of smoke screen. (Note:
Italian NULLO was later
intercepted by HMS KIMBERLEY and sunk by
torpedoes when under fire from shore
batteries off Horni Island. HMS
KIMBERLEY hit in boiler room and
HMS KIMBERLEY back to convoy and
transferred tow to HM Destroyer
aircraft used to bomb Italian positions
convoy defence in continuation. Escorted
Convoys BN8 and BN9.
in Red Sea Force by HM Australian
Cruiser HOBART. Transferred to Indian
Ocean for support of military operations
in Indian Ocean.
launched for attack on factory at Banda
Abula, Italian Somaliland. After
recovery bombarded shore targets
firing 98 rounds of 6in.
trade defence in Indian Ocean. Passage
to Bombay for routine docking.
completion prepared for trade defence
escort of Indian Ocean convoy to Aden.
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trade defence in continuation.
on interception patrol in Indian Ocean
during passage to Colombo.
4th Cruiser Squadron at Colombo.
in search for ss MANADOR after distress
call from position 150 miles west of
to Colombo without success having
refuelled at Addu Atoll.
Indian Ocean patrol.
to Colombo after patrol.
escort of military Convoy US9 as relief
for HM Australian Cruiser CANBERRA in
position 150 miles south of Ceylon.
(Note: Convoy included troopship
AQUITANIA, MAURITANIA and NIEUW
in search for German warship ADMIRAL
SCHEER off Maldives.
coastal convoy from Colombo to Bombay.
interception patrol and sighted unknown
vessel off Maldives. Ship proved to be
Italian raider RAMB I
that opened fire when at 3,000 yards
range and shots fell short. Engaged
enemy ships which was hit and then
scuttled. Rescued survivors and took
to Addu Atoll.
prisoners and resumed patrol
HMAS CANBERRA for joint search.
from HMAS CANBERRA but rejoined to
assist in rescue of survivors from two
German supply ships intercepted by
CANBERRA. On completion continued
Joint search. (Note: German Supply
COBURG and KETTY BROVIK (captured
Norwegian tanker) scuttled on
Mauritius with HMAS CANBERRA to refuel.
from Mauritius with HMAS CANBERRA to
meet HM Armed Merchant Cruiser CITY OF
DURBAN for a combined search in area
400 miles SE of Madagascar for commerce
raiders and supply ships.
to refuel in Mauritius.
search between Mauritius and Madagascar.
Vichy French merchant ship CHARLES LD
(5267grt) and boarded. Scuttling charges
thrown overboard and
ship taken to Mauritius by naval party.
tanker TROCAS reported missing and
escorted her to Mauritius.
convoy from Madras to Singapore
by HM Cruiser CERES and returned to
for support of military operations in
convoy BM7 to Basra.
HM Cruiser EMERALD on arrival in Persian
landings at Shatt el Arab.
released from support duties took
passage to Colombo to Join Hunting Group
V. (Note: Group comprised HM Aircraft
Carrier EAGLE, HM Cruisers CORNWALL and
to search for raiders operating in
part in search for German raider PINGUIN
south of Maldives.
military Convoy US10B in Indian Ocean.
included troopships AQUITANIA, ILE DE
FRANCE and MAURITANIA).
for interception patrol duty.
to Colombo Nominated for service in
passage to Aden
Took passage to Alexandria to join 7th
Squadron. (Note: This deployment was
made necessary because of heavy losses
sustained during operations off Crete.
See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Barnett and Naval Staff History
arrival 2 pdr pom-pom fitted (Ex HM
HM Cruiser AJAX in support duty of
military operations in Syria. (Operation
EXPORTER) Deployed with HM Cruiser
Destroyers JACKAL, JANUS, KANDAHAR and
KIMBERLEY. Bombarded shore targets in
bombardment of shore targets. Carried
out search to north near Beirut with HM
Cruiser COVENTRY and destroyers.
Intercepted two Vichy French GUEPARD
Class destroyers which withdrew at high
speed. Under fire, liable to overtake
patrol with HMS PHOEBE, HMS COVENTRY and
destroyers. Provided further gunfire
support to military advance.
with HM Cruiser NAIAD, HM Destroyers
JAGUAR and KINGSTON in search close
inshore north of Beirut. Engaged Vichy
French destroyers GUEPARD
and VALNY which withdrew. Sustained
slight damage from unexploded 6in shell.
offensive sweep north of Beirut with HM
Destroyers DECOY, HAVOCK and NORMAN
Cruisers PERTH and CARLISLE joined as
reliefs. Took passage with COVENTRY to
transfer of Army and RAF personnel to
reinforce garrison in Cyprus. (Operation
GUILLOTINE). Took passage to Haifa.
Army and RAF personnel at Haifa for
passage to Cyprus with HMS KINGSTON.
troops at Port Said for passage to
to Haifa from Cyprus. (Note: Other
ships deployed on GUILLOTINE included HM
Cruiser NEPTUNE, destroyers of 14th
Flotilla, HM Sloops PARAMATTA
(RAN) and FLAMINGO.
with HMS AJAX, HM Destroyers JAGUAR,
JERVIS, KANDAHAR and KINGSTON for patrol
south of Crete as
part of Mediterranean Fleet operation.
with HMS JAGUAR to embark troops for
Cyprus at Port Said.
disembarking passengers returned to Port
passage to Colombo for return to New
Zealand after embarking RNZVR personnel.
(Note: Signal from Admiralty to NZ Navy
Board was sent in appreciation of the
contribution made by this cruiser during
service with the fleet in the
Mediterranean at a very crucial stage).
Colombo for routine inspections. On
completion took passage to Fremantle.
ss CERAMIC from Fremantle to Sydney.
- On arrival in Sydney rejoined New
troopship AQUITANIA to Wellington
in hand for refit in HM Dockyard
Aircraft facilities removed and
additional close range AA armament
New Zealand Navy formed and ship became
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completion deployed for escort of ships
on passage between New Zealand and
Equator. Two successive trips were
made before redeployment.
military convoys to Suva.
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on escort and cover of military convoys
to Suva with HMAS AUSTRALIA and PERTH,
and HMNZS ACHILLES.
to Sydney with HMAS AUSTRALIA and PERTH.
to Melbourne with HMAS AUSTRALIA, PERTH,
ADELAIDE and USN ships.
to join ANZAC Squadron with HMAS
AUSTRALIA for joint operations in South
West Pacific with US Navy.
HMNZS ACHILLES in escort of convoy to
arrival took passage to Suva.
ANZAC Squadron at Suva with HMAS
AUSTRALIA, HMNZS ACHILLES, HM Australian
Armed Merchant Cruiser
MONOWAI, US cruiser USS CHICAGO and two
on patrol between Fiji and New
with all Squadron to join Task Force 11
for assault on Rabaul.
intense Japanese air attacks which
seriously reduced fuel and ammunition
supply. Returned to Suva to re-arm
Convoy PW3034 to Brisbane from Suva with
HMNZS ACHILLES and US cruiser USS
return from Brisbane took passage with
HMNZS ACHILLES as escort for ss
WESTRALIA to Etape, New Hebrides with
stores and personnel to build airstrip.
at Etape with ss WESTRALIA during
unloading of stores and personnel.
for Noumea on completion.
with Squadron as escort for military
convoy to Suva.
Convoy BT 201 during passage from Panama
and escorted it to Brisbane.
independent passage to Noumea.
Task Group 12.2 with USS LAMSON, HMNZS
ACHILLES, US Destroyers USS HELM and USS
Convoy PW2059 off Pago Pago for
passage to Vila.
out night patrols in New Hebrides.
for support of planned assault
troops troops from Vila at Espiritu
Santo to occupy island.
from Vila with US destroyers to join SW
Pacific Force at Suva.
Convoy PW2076 and escorted some ships to
for escort of convoys from Auckland and
escort in continuation.
Pago Pago and escorted convoy from San
Francisco to Noumea.
Task Force 64 based at Espiritu Santo.
to join Task Force.
Task Force on arrival.
on escort duty with convoy to Tonga.
out patrol off Guadalcanal anchorage off
Lung Point with TF64 ships.
empty merchant ships from Guadalcanal
to Espiritu Santo.
64 convoy escort and support in
convoy south of Fiji and escorted to
Auckland to Noumea.
from Noumea to Espiritu Santo to join
from operational service for repair of
cracked plating of fuel tank.
passage to Auckland. On arrival, taken
in hand for repair by
HM Dockyard, Auckland.
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trials and prepared for operational
service. Took passage to Espiritu Santo
to rejoin US Task Force.
escort duty between Pearl Harbour, Bora
Bora and Noumea
transfer to Task Force 18.
to Espiritu Santu.
Task Force at Espiritu Santo.
deployment in continuation.
US cruiser USS HELENA after she had been
lost in Battle of Kula Gulf.
TF18 off Savo Island and deployed on
patrol off Guadalcanal for the
interception of Japanese troopships
attempting to reinforce garrison on
Munda, New Georgia.
at Tulagi and joined USS HONOLULU, USS
ST. LOUIS and destroyers for
continuation of interception patrol off
deployment in Guadalcanal area took part
in Battle of Kolambangara in Gulf .
Casualties: 3 killed; 24 Missing and 8
temporary repair off Tulagi with
combined US/RAN force. Engaged Japanese
cruiser JINTSU and destroyers HAMAKAZE,
KIYONAMI, MIKAZUKI, YUGURE and
YUKIKAZE. (Note: Although JINTSU was
sunk, the torpedoes fired failed to hit
any destroyer.) Hit by 24in LONG LANCE
torpedo on port side amidships causing
extensive damage and wrecking No 1
Boiler Room. Considerable flooding
and fuel supply contaminated by sea
damage control enabled steam to be
maintained from No 3 Boiler Room and
ship was able to return to base. (Note:
Hole in A Boiler Room measured 3m
to New Zealand via Espiritu Santu.
at Auckland for further repair.
arranged in US Navy Dockyard, Boston,
Mass. Under repair to allow passage.
passage via Panama for refit and repair.
at Boston for repair and refit
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January to December
Reverted to RN control in May)
Turret was removed and replaced by
Quadruple Pom-Pom mounting. Some
preparatory work to fit new radar and
change secondary armament was done.
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Port Refit trials
return passage to UK on completion of