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completion and commenced acceptance
of trials and storing took passage to
Rosyth for installation of 6
single 20mm Oerlikon mountings to
improve defence against close range
Scapa Flow to worked-up with 18th
Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet for
service in 4th Cruiser Squadron,
Eastern Fleet. Nominated for escort of
to Indian Ocean.
of work-up too passage to Clyde to
join military convoy WS18.
HM Cruiser FROBISHER, Dutch Destroyer
VAN GALEN and HM Destroyer TETCOTT as
ocean escort during Atlantic passage.
(Note: Convoy also included HM
Depot Ship HECLA.)
from WS18 on arrival at Freetown.
WS18 on departure from Freetown as
ocean escort with same ships.
when HMS HECLA was mined off South
Africa and escorted damaged ship to
to Kilindini to join Squadron in
Eastern Fleet for convoy defence in
to Ceylon with HM Battleship WARSPITE,
HM Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS and
FORMIDABLE to re-establish Base in
arrival deployed on convoy escort
and interception patrol in Indian
SCHOONER Convoy taking ANZAC troops
for part of passage from Ceylon back
to Australia with HM Armed Merchant
Cruiser WORCESTERSHIRE. (Note:
Convoy included rms QUEEN MARY, rms
AQUITANIA, ILE DE FRANCE. NIEUW
AMSTERDAM and rms QUEEN OF BERMUDA.)
by USS PHOENIX and returned to Ceylon.
Mombasa with ships of Eastern Fleet
for execution of planned landings to
complete occupation of Madagascar
Exercise TOUCHSTONE in preparation for
STREAM with Madagascar Assault Force.
with HMS WARSPITE, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, HM
Cruisers BIRMINGHAM, DAUNTLESS and
CARADOC screened by
destroyers as Force M
transports taking 29th Infantry
Brigade to Majunga for final
Madagascar with HMS BIRMINGHAM and
HM Netherlands cruiser VAN HEEMSKERCK.
was provided by HMS WARSPITE and HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS (Operation STREAM). (Note:
HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE was
intended to take part but had been
retained in Home waters. For full
details of STREAM and other operations
in the re-occupation see WAR WITH
area until military operations
completed and then went to Bombay for
completion of docking returned to
convoy defence in Indian Ocean.
HM Australian Cruiser ADELAIDE and
Netherlands cruiser HEEMSKERCK as
escort for Convoy OW1.
convoy defence and patrol in
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duty in continuation.
Ocean Escort off Socotra for military
convoy taking ANZAC troops back to
Australia from Suez with HM Cruiser
DEVONSHIRE. (Note: Cover was
provided by HM Battleships REVENGE,
RESOLUTION and WARSPITE, HM Cruiser
MAURITIUS and 6 destroyers. Operation
PAMPHLET - Convoy included rms
QUEEN MARY, AQUITANIA, ILE DE
FRANCE, NIEUW AMSTERDAM and mv QUEEN
to Durban from Fremantle.
as Flagship in 4th Cruiser Squadron
for patrol and Fleet exercises in
trade defence in Indian Ocean.
passage to UK from Capetown with call
- Paid-off. (Note: During refit in
commercial shipyard: Aircraft
facilities removed. 10cm surface
warning radar Type 272 and additional
fire-control radar Type 283 fitted for
barrage control. For details of
development and use of
radar in RN see RADAR AT SEA by D
RNZN in place of HM Cruisers ACHILLES
and LEANDER approved. Under refit.
a r S e r v i c
e a s H M N Z
A M B I A
for service with RNZN.
Scapa Flow on completion of post refit
and work-up with Home Fleet at Scapa
Home Fleet for convoy defence on
completion of work-up.
Plymouth for service in SW Approaches.
with HM Cruiser GLASGOW NNW of Azores
for interception of supply ships and
blockade runners in conjunction with
RAF Coastal Command aircraft.
in Azores (Operation STONEWALL).
orders cancelled after blockade runner
sunk by aircraft.
- At Fayal
in Azores and deployed to join HM
Cruisers GLASGOW, ENTERPRISE, PENELOPE
and ARIADNE in search for German
tanker ALSTRUFER, which was sunk later
aircraft strike before ships could
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
to join operation in time to take part
in engagement by HMS GLASGOW and
ENTERPRISE against German destroyers
to assist ALSTRUFER. Carried out
search for survivors.
from patrol deployment by Free French
FS LE FANTASQUE and FS LE MALIN and
returned to Plymouth.
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service with Eastern Fleet.
passage to join Eastern Fleet via
4th Cruiser Squadron, Eastern Fleet at
in unsuccessful search for blockade
runners in Indian Ocean SW of Cocos
Islands with HM Aircraft Carrier
ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Cruiser SUSSEX, HM
Destroyers ROTHERHAM and Dutch
destroyer TJERK HIDDES (Operation
SLEUTH). (For details see WAR WITH
JAPAN (HMSO) and
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY).
to refuel in Fremantle after relieved
by HMS SUSSEX.
Indian Ocean convoy to Ceylon.
to Trincomalee after arrival of
with HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH
and VALIANT, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN,
HM Cruisers LONDON and CEYLON
screened by ten destroyers, for
in Indian Ocean (Operation DIPLOMAT).
- Met US
Aircraft Carrier SARATOGA and US
destroyers joining Eastern Fleet
Returned with Eastern Fleet ships to
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, HMS VALIANT,
French battleship RICHELIEU), HM
Cruisers CEYLON, NEWCASTLE, NIGERIA
and Dutch cruiser TROMP in Task Force
69. Detached with HMS CEYLON to
cover air attacks on Sabang by HM
Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS and USS
SARATOGA as Task Force 70. (Operation
- Joined HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, HMS
VALIANT, FS RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers
NEWCASTLE, HMS NIGERIA, and
Netherlands cruiser TROMP (Task Force
65) to cover
air strikes on Soerabaya by HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS and USS SARATOGA (TF66).
transfer to RNZN approved except for
at Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia
from Replenishment Group.
flying operations from position south
to Trincomalee with Eastern Fleet
after refuelling in Exmouth Gulf.
with HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and HM Escort
Carrier ATHELING for offensive sweep
in Bay of Bengal.
carrier operations at targets in
Sabang as diversion during US assault
on Marianas (Operation FORAGER).
to Madras to embark FAA personnel for
transfer to Colombo.
- Rest and
Recuperation period at Colombo.
exercises with Eastern Fleet.
Eastern Fleet cover for attacks by HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS and HMS VICTORIOUS for
bombardment of Sabang with HMS
HMS RENOWN, FS RICHELIEU, HM
Cruisers CUMBERLAND, KENYA, NIGERIA,
CEYLON, Netherlands cruiser TROMP and
destroyers (Operation CRIMSON).
shore batteries at Sabang with HMS
- Joined in
Eastern Fleet exercises with HM
Battleship HOWE, HM Cruisers
CUMBERLAND and LONDON.
refit at Colombo.
Squadron on completion of refit.
escort for convoy to Fremantle during
passage to New Zealand.
call at ports in New Zealand before
arrival at Wellington.
to British Pacific Fleet on formation.
for refit by HM New Zealand Dockyard,
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completion of post refit trials
carried out work-up for BPF service in
to Sydney with HM Battleship HOWE
screen by HM Australian Destroyers
QUALITY and QUEENBOROUGH. Carried out
gunnery exercises on passage
with HMS HOWE.
with part of BPF for exercises prior
to passage to Manus to join British
Task Force 113
TF113 at Manus. (For details of all
BPF operations see THE FORGOTTEN FLEET
by John Winton, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY, OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray
and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
- Joined Task
Force 57 on formation with ships of
Task Force 113 when approval was given
by US Navy Commander in Chief for
ships to be deployed with the US 5th
Fleet for operations against airfields
in the Sakishima Group. Designated as
part of Task Group 57.5
with HM Cruisers SWIFTSURE, BLACK
ARGONAUT. Sailed from Ulithi for
Operation ICEBERG ONE.
series of air attacks by HM Aircraft
Carriers INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS,
ILLUSTRIOUS and IMPLACABLE on
in Sakishima-Gunto Group with TF57.
sustained air attack including the
first by KAMIKAZES.
to tow damaged destroyer HMS ULSTER to
Leyte for repair, escorted by HM
Destroyer QUIBERON (RAN).
- Joined by
minesweepers HMAS BALLARAT and
LISMORE. Tow broke and replacement
to operations from Leyte with HM
Cruiser UGANDA, HM Destroyer URCHIN
TF57 with HMS UGANDA and deployed to
cover carrier attacks on airfields in
Formosa by HMS INDEFATIGABLE
(Operation ICEBERG OOLONG).
shot down HELLCAT aircraft.
covering role for British carrier
attacks on Sakishima Gunto.
passage to Leyte with TF57 after 6th
strike by RN carriers.
at Leyte. (Note: The ship had and
epidemic of mumps on board with 45
with TF57 in joint operations with US
TF58 for renewed air attacks and
bombardments of targets in
Sakishima-Gunto (Operation ICEBERG
as part of Task Group 57.5 with HM
Cruisers SWIFTSURE, UGANDA (RCN),
EURYALUS and BLACK PRINCE (See above
detached with HM
Battleships KING GEORGE V and HOWE for
bombardment of the airfields on Miyako
Shima. Withdrew after signal received
notifying RN aircraft carriers in Task
Group 57.2 were under extensive air
attacks (See above references).
KAMIKAZE attacks during which HMS
FORMIDABLE and HMS VICTORIOUS were
passage to Manus prior to R&R
period at Sydney. (For full details
see above references.)
re-organisation by US Navy transferred
to US 3rd Fleet in redesignated as
Sydney for repair and leave.
passage with ships of TF37 for Manus
arriving on 4th July.
at Manus with TF37 ships
passage to join BPF ships off Japan
(Operation OLYMPIC initial phase).
TF 37 with HM Battleship KING GEORGE
V, HM Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE,
VICTORIOUS, IMPLACABLE, HM
Cruisers NEWFOUNDLAND, ACHILLES
(RNZN), EURYALUS, UGANDA (RCN), BLACK
PRINCE and Fleet destroyers to cover
joint air operations and bombardments
and TF38 off Japan.
carrier group during air attacks on
targets in Tokyo - Yokohama area.
with HM Cruisers ARGONAUT, BLACK
PRINCE and NEWFOUNDLAND to provide
radio communications link between
BPF and US TF38.
from Link duties.
as Task Unit 37.1.8 to join US Task
Unit 34.8.1 to carry out bombardment
of Ironworks at Kamaishi, Northern
with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, HM Destroyers
TERMAGANT and TERPSICHORE. Under air
attack and shot down one aircraft.
TF37 on completion.
to TF38 with HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS
INDEFATIGABLE, HMS NEWFOUNDLAND and
nine RN Fleet destroyers of 24th
Flotilla as TG38.5 under command of
US Admiral TF38.
HMS INDEFATIGABLE during air attacks
on airfields and shipping in North
Honshu and Hokkaido.
operations in continuation.
down one aircraft attacking force at
the time of official cease-fire. (For
details see above references.)
Tokyo Bay with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND.
RNZN at Japanese surrender ceremony in
Tokyo Bay. (For RNZN war service see
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND WARSHIPS by