9 4 3
Commissioned for service in Home Fleet..
Build completion and commenced
Acceptance delayed by defects
On completion of trials and storing took
passage to Scapa
to work-up with ships
of the Home
Work-up delayed due to further repair of
defects and incomplete electrical
well as foul
9 4 4
On completion of work-up joined 10th
Transferred to English
Channel for offensive patrols to
coastal shipping in Bay
of Biscay and
Deployed as Senior Officer's
ship in Force 26 comprising HM
and ATHABASKAN (RCN).
(Note: TUNNEL Operations - See HOLD THE
by Peter C Smith).
Had relieved HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS which
had been sunk in October 1943 in
most ill-fated TUNNEL operation.)
Channel deployment in continuation.
Channel deployment including convoy
defence against German destroyer and
In action against E-Boats of 9th and 5th
German Flotillas with HMS TARTAR and HMS
during cover of passage of coastal
convoy WP492 in SW Approaches.
docking at Plymouth
after relief by HM Cruiser BLACK
PRINCE in Force 26.
Nominated for duty in support of Normandy
landings (Operation NEPTUNE).
(For details see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K
Edwards and NORMANDY LANDINGS,
June 1944 (HMSO).).
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
For details of minelaying
Staff History (Mining). ).
Withdrawn from cover during planned
minelay because of threat of submarine
Passage to Belfast
to join Bombardment Force ships of Western
Passage to Solent
battleships USS NEVADA, ARKANSAS
Held in SW Approaches because of 24
hour postponement of landings.
Detached to Join US
cruiser USS AUGUSTA at Plymouth
and sailed to Solent
Western Task Force area.
OMAHA beach head for gunfire support
and AA Guardship
Provided gunfire support to military
operations in OMAHA
Under night air attack and destroyed one
aircraft by 20mm Oerlikon fire.
Withdrawn from NEPTUNE
and remained in Reserve at Plymouth.
Fleet for operations off Norway.
Joined screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF
with HM Cruisers Kent
to cover air attacks by HM Aircraft
INDEFATIGABLE and FURIOUS on the German
TIRPITZ in Kaafjord
(Note: These attacks were unsuccessful.
See CONVOY !
Returned to Scapa
with Home Fleet ships.
Resumed Channel duties with ships of
10th Cruiser Squadron based at Plymouth.
Deployed with HM Cruiser DIADEM, HM
Escort Carrier STRIKER, destroyers of
Flotilla and Frigates of 11th
Support Group as Force 26.
Carried out patrol between Brest and La
to intercept U-Boats being used
Biscay ports (Operation KINETIC)
HM Destroyers TARTAR,
26 for attacks
on convoys between Belle Isle and
In action against two convoys off St.
Nazaire, sinking minesweepers H263, MW6
One merchant ship set on fire and
(Note: A Post War Assessment of this
operation included an Aircraft Repair
RICHTOFEN as being
During this period ship also deployed to
provide Air-Sea Rescue cover for
Royal Flight between
On release from Force 26 took passage to
Clyde for refit.
Taken in hand for
refit in Clyde
On completion of post refit trials
rejoined Squadron at Scapa Flow
Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE
with HM Destroyers VENUS, SCOURGE,
SAVAGE, VERULAM, CAPRICE, ZAMBESI,
CASSANDRA and CAMBRIAN for
on targets at Sorreisa
Deployed at Scapa
Carried out attack on German convoy KS357
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,
M416 and M427.)
Russian Convoy JW62 with HM Escort
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
Detached from JW62 on arrival at Kola
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).
Detached from RA62 for shipping strike
with Horne Fleet ships.
Passage to Rosyth
9 4 5
Rejoined Home Fleet on completion of
Joined Force 1 with HM Cruiser NORFOLK
and Fleet destroyers to cover minelay
(Operation GRATIS) and shipping strike
SPELLBINDER - For details see Naval
Staff History (MINING).
Strikes by HM Cruiser DIDO and aircraft
from HM Escort Carriers TRUMPETER and
very successful with several ships and
escorts sunk or damaged.
(Note: An attack by U427 was
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW64
with HM Escort Carriers CAMPANIA and
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
additional ant-submarine defence.)
Detached from JW64 on arrival at Kola
(Note: During period at Kola Inlet a
Diving Party detonated charges on the
HM Frigate DENBIGH CASTLE which had been beached after being
torpedo attack during defence of JW64
See above references.)
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.)
Detached and resumed Home Fleet duties
Joined 'Force 1' with HM Escort Carriers
PREMIER, SEARCHER and QUEEN escorted
Destroyers ONSLOW, ZEST, SERAPIS, HAIDA
and IROQUOIS (RCN)
and shipping strike on shore targets
(See Naval Staff History (MINING) for
Covered air strikes on shipping off Norway
by HM Escort Carriers NAIRANA,
SEARCHER with HM Cruiser DIDO and
screen of six
Deployed with Home Fleet during
anti-shipping operations off Norway
from escort carriers.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JU66
with HM Escort Carriers PREMIER. VINDEX,
DIADEM, HM Destroyers OFFA, ZEPHYR,
ZEST, ZODIAC, HAIDA (RCN),
Detached on arrival at Kola Inlet.
Joined escort for return Convoy RA66.
Detached from RA66 and took passage to
Deployed with Home Fleet.
to take part in Victory Parade.
Home Fleet duty with Squadron in