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