9 3 9
Commissioned from Reserve for Royal
Review at Weymouth.
In view of the political situation she
was retained in service and after
storing and completion to
complement sailed with HM Cruiser DANAE
to join 9th Cruiser Squadron in South Atlantic
Escorted convoy to Capetown from Gibraltar.
Based at Freetown
for trade defence and escorted convoys
for part of passage to
(Note: Deployed for interception of
German shipping which was attempting return to European
details of deployment of warships in Atlantic see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by Corelli
Transferred to China Station and took
passage via Mediterranean.
Sailed from Gibraltar for Singapore.
Sailed from Aden
Deployed with 5th Cruiser Squadron for
interception patrol and protection of
allied shipping in
Relieved HM Cruiser BIRMINGHAM
in Sunda Strait.
Continuation of duties based at Singapore.
9 4 0
Deployed in Malacca Straits.
Called at Penang.
Trade protection role in continuation.
Transferred to British Malayan Force for
surveillance of German shipping
Deployed off Batavia to intercept German merchant ships,
(See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY).
Passage to Hong
Passage to Singapore
to resume surveillance and trade
Continuation of trade defence role in
Passage to Hong Kong
for routine docking.
Passage to resume duties in Singapore
Patrol duty in Malacca Straits.
9 4 1
Deployed for trade defence and
interception patrol based at Singapore.
Under refit in Singapore.
On completion resumed trade defence
Slightly damaged in collision with HM
Cruiser EMERALD off Singapore.
(Note: HMS EMERALD sustained major
damage with several casualties.)
Taken in hand for
repair at Singapore.
On completion resumed patrol and
interception duties on completion.
Withdrawn from China Station for refit
Passage to Portsmouth
(Note: This ship was therefore not
involved in the operations against Japan).
9 4 2
taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard..
(Note: Work included
Radar Type 286 and Radar Type 271.
For details of development and
use of radar
in RN see RADAR AT SEA
by D Howse.
AA armament improved by replacement of
the after 4in gun by quadruple
20mm Oerlikon guns.
On completion carried out post refit
Prepared for foreign
service with 5th Cruiser
Squadron in East
Took passage to join 5th Cruiser
Squadron in Indian
On arrival deployed for convoy defence
and interception duties.
Joined military convoy WS17 as Ocean
Escort for the passage from Capetown to
Detached from WS17 on arrival at Durban
and trade defence in continuation.
Deployed with HM Destroyer ANTHONY for
On passage to Diego
Suarez. See WAR WITH JAPAN
Deployed for patrol duties with HMS
DANAE between Diego Suarez and Farquar
Japanese submarines and supply ships.
See above reference
Patrol duties in continuation.
Diverted to take part in capture of Mayotte
deployment in continuation.
Nominated for support of planned
landings in Madagascar
(Note: Practice landing Exercise
TOUCHSTONE was carried out as a
Allocated to Force M with HM Cruisers BIRMINGHAM,
HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM
Monitor EREBUS and HM Seaplane Carrier
Took part in landing operations at
(Note: No bombardments were required as
there was no opposition
trade defence in continuation,
For details of naval operations in the Indian
during 1942 see OPERATION PACIFIC
by E Gray,
WAR WITH JAPAN
(HMSO) and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
Joined military convoy WS23 on departure
as Ocean Escort with HM
Detached from WS23 on relief by HM
Indian Ocean Trade defence and
interception duties in continuation
Passage to Simonstown
9 4 3
Under refit by HM Dockyard, Simonstown.
Withdrawn from operational duty. See
Passage to UK.
On arrival deployed at Chatham
pending decision for future use.
Under refit at Chatham
by HM Dockyard
Further dockyard work to suit new role
to be carried out by HM Dockyard at
(Note: Future deployment as a training
ship for Direct Entry Y-Scheme personnel
provision of suitable compartments for
instruction and on items
Ships displacement was reduced by
removal of equipment not
Y-Scheme personnel comprised ratings
selected for promotion to commissioned
rank in the
Passage to Rosyth.
Under conversion by HM Dockyard.
(Note: Changes included removal of
Pom-pom mounting and installation of
20mm close range weapons. Radar Type 273
was installed for training in use of
Joined Training Squadron based at Rosyth
on completion of conversion.
Deployed at Rosyth for harbour and sea
training in Forth
9 4 4
Training duties in continuation.
Taken in hand for routine inspection and
essential repairs by HM Dockyard, Rosyth
Resumed duties in Training Squadron on
9 4 5
Deployed for Squadron training duties
Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard,
(Note: This may have been for repair
work since ship had not been long out of
Resumed training duties,
Squadron training duties in