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and commenced Acceptance Trials.
completion of trials and storing took
passage to Scapa Flow.
Began work-up at Scapa
Flow with 10th
Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet.
for detached duty in SW Approaches for
enemy coastal convoys
convoy defence based at Plymouth.
completion deployed in SW Approach and
returned to Scapa Flew for duty with
Fleet in NW
Covered passage of Atlantic convoys with
HM Battlecruiser REPULSE after Convoy WS5A
to the Middle
East had been attacked by the German
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by Corelli Burnett and the Naval
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Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
Provided ocean escort for ships during
minelay in Northern Barrage by ships of
details of all minelaying operations in
WW2 see Naval Staff History (Mining).).
completion deployed with HM Battleship
NELSON for patrol off Iceland.
Covered minelay by ships of 1st
Minelaying Squadron in Northern Barrage.
convoy to Middle
East for initial
stare of passage.
as escort For
landings ships to Lofoten
Islands for raid by No 1, and No 4
Commando and covered
landing and evacuation.
HM Cruiser EDINBURGH was also deployed as
Carried out search in North Sea for German
warship reported on
passage into the
Escorted ships of 1st Minelaying
Squadron during minelay in Northern
Deployed on patrol off Iceland with HMS
NELSON to intercept
and GNEISENAU reported on passage into the
Deployed on patrol
in Denmark Strait with HM
Joined HM Battleship KING GEORGE V and
two other Home Fleet cruisers in search
German cruiser ADMIRAL
SCHEER on passage to Kiel.
The enemy ship was not found.
Deployed with HM Battlecruiser HOOD and
HM Cruiser FIJI to cover convoys between
and Gibraltar (Operation
Fleet deployment in NW Approaches for
convoy defence continuation.
weather ship LAUENBURG with HM Destroyer
ship detonated scuttling charges but the
ENIGMA code books were by recovered
party from HMS TARTAR before German ship
Deployed with HM Cruiser AURORA, HM
Destroyers PUNJABI and TARTAR.
Took passage to assess
possible use for refuelling Russian
Evacuated Norwegian nationals and
destroyed weather station on Bear Island.
completion carried out offensive sweep off
Escorted troopship EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA
taking Canadian Commando force for a raid
with HMS AURORA (Operation GAUNTLET).
Provided gunfire support during landings
and assisted in the destruction of coalmine
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and THE WATERY
by B Fergusson
nationals at Barentsburg.
Landed Russian passengers in Archangel and
returned to Langyearby
Norwegian nationals for passage to UK.
Escorted colliers and other craft to Scapa
Flow with HMS AURORA.
During sweep off Norway with HMS AURORA
small convoy of two troopships
poor weather conditions engaged and sank
German training ship BREMSE but the
escaped in poor visibility.
damage to bow structure
Post War analysis suggested ship may have
detonated a mine)
repair and refit at Tyne commercial
Work done included installation of Type
284 fire control radar for forward main
Carried out Post
Refit trials on completion.
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10th Cruiser Squadron in Home Fleet.
Nominated for duty as
Flagship for convoy defence and patrol
Escorted Russian Convoy PQ8 from Iceland
(Note: To be
For details of all Russian Convoy
operations see CONVOY! by P. Kemp,
TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B. Schoefield,
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R
Remained in Murmansk to supplement defence
convoys for passage from
Island to Kola
to join Russian Convoy PQ9/10 with HM
Destroyers FAULKNOR and INTREPID.
Joined convoy escort.
Detached from PQ9/10.
Covered passage of returning Convoy QP7.
Detached from QP7.
Escorted inward Russian Convoy PQ11 with
Russian destroyers for final stage of
Provided Distant Cover for passage of
returning Convoy QP8
Detached from Distant Cover for QP8.
Deployed with Home Fleet covering force
for passage of Russian Convoy PQ13 and
Battleship KING GEORGE V from Rosyth to
Flow to join
Part of Home Fleet Distant Cover for
passage of Convoy PQ11 and returning
Battleships KING GEORGE V and DUKE OF
YORK, H M Aircraft Carrier
and HM Cruiser KENT, screened by Fleet
Detached from Distant Cover.
Escorted Russian Convoy PQ15
Detached from PQ15 escort for
returning convoy QP11 after the loss of HM
Part of Home Fleet covering force with
HMS DUKE OF YORK, HMS VICTORIOUS,.
Cruisers KENT, LIVERPOOL, LONDON and
NORFOLK screened by Fleet destroyers
for passage of
damaged cruiser HMS TRINIDAD to UK for
HMS TRINIDAD was sunk on 15th May by our
own forces after being hit during
Came under air attacks
on return passage.
Provided cruiser cover with HM Cruisers
KENT, LIVERPOOL and NORFOLK screened by
Destroyers MARNE, ONSLOW and ORIBI for
Russian Convoy PQ16 and for returning
QP12 until 28th
for convoy and Fleet defence in NW
Joined Home Fleet Distant Cover for
Russian Convoy PQ17 with HMS DUKE OF YORK,
US battleship WASHINGTON, HMS VICTORIOUS
and HM Cruiser CUMBERLAND
destroyer screen until convoy was
Admiralty on 4th July.
to west of Bear Island for cover of
returning Convoy QP13 passage.
After arrival of Convoy OP13 at Reykjavik
resumed Home Fleet deployment.
Detached with HM Battleship NELSON, HMS
VICTORIOUS, HMS KENYA, HM
MANCHESTER, HM AA Cruiser CAIRO screened
by Home Fleet
escort of military supply convoy WS21s to
Joined Force X at Gibraltar with HM
Cruisers KENYA, MANCHESTER and CA1RO
screened by 12
destroyers for escort of convoy to Malta
and for fighter direction
Under attack by
U-Boats followed by torpedo and dive
Aircraft Carrier EAGLE was
sunk during the submarine
Hit by torpedo from Italian submarine AXUM
during air attacks when
with escorted by HM Escort Destroyers
WILTON, BICESTER and DERWENT to
details of this operation see THE BATTLE
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by Donald
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, PEDESTAL by
Peter Smith and
CONVOYS by R Woodhead. ).
repair in Gibraltar.
Under repair at Gibraltar.
repair arranged in USA.
Passage to USA.
Taken in hand for repair and refit at
Charleston US navy Yard..
Work done included:
for fit of AA Fire control radar on return
Preparation for fit of
aircraft warning radar Type 279 by Type
for replacement of Surface radar Type 272..
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to UK on completion of post refit
of refit and A & A work at Chatham.
details of development and use of radar
see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse).
for duty with Eastern Fleet in 4th Cruiser
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completion of trials, calibrations and
storing took passage to Scapa Flow
operational service with 10th Cruiser
with Home Fleet for convoy defence in NW
Deployed with HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE,
CEYLON and GAMBIA and Dutch cruiser
to escort HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH,
VALIANT and the French
RICHELIEU, screened by Fleet destroyers as
Task Force 69.
These ships covered air attacks on
airfields and other targets at Sabang,
carriers HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and USS SARATOGA.
Joined HMS NEWCASTLE and Dutch TROMP as
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH,
VALIANT and French RICHELIEU with Fleet
destroyer screen as Task Force 65 for
cover of HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS and USS SARATOGA during
attacks on oil
refineries at Soerabaya
Replenished in Exmouth Gulf, Western
Screened carriers during attacks.
for patrol and convoy defence..
with HM Cruisers KENYA, CEYLON and GAMBIA
with Fleet destroyer screen
to escort HMS
QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS VALIANT, HMS
RICHELIEU during bombardment of targets at
Detached to escort
HM Submarine Depot Ship MAIDSTONE for
passage to Fremantle.
for convoy defence.
details of Indian Ocean deployments
1943-45 see OPERATION PACIFIC by E. Gray,
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, SINK THE HAGURO by
John Winton and
WAR WITH JAPAN
Trincomalee from Fremantle.
5th Cruiser Squadron, Eastern Fleet when
British Pacific Fleet formed.
Deployed with HMS KENYA, HMS
NEWCASTLE and HMS PHOEBE as Force 61 for
military operations in Burma (See Naval
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Deployed with HM Escort Carrier
AMEER, HMS NEWCASTLE, HMS PHOEBE and
Destroyers in support of landings by 3rd
Commando Brigade on Akyab
support not required as Japanese had left
Embarked Royal Marines at Akyab
for landing on Cheduba
Landed Royal Marines and supported
operation with HMS NEWCASTLE and HMS
KENYA escorted by HM Destroyers RAPID
and PALADIN (Operation SANKEY).
and bombarded west coast of Ramree
Island with HMS
Passage to Simonstown.
Refit and Rest and Recreation period.
Returned to Ceylon
with call at Durban.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ROEBUCK,
RACEHORSE and REDOUBT as Task Force 62
ships of Force 61 during operation to
Japanese evacuation craft.
Returned to Trincomalee.
with Eastern Fleet.
Joined HMS AMEER and HMS EMPEROR to
cover minesweeping operations escorted by
HM Destroyers ROEBUCK,
ESKIMO and VIGILANT.
COLLIE - Preparation for Malayan coast
Bombarded Car Nicobar
for operations in Malacca Strait in
support of landings.
Joined HM Battleship NELSON, HM Escort
Carriers ATTACKER, HUNTER, SHAH
and STALKER for
passage to Penang
delayed on passage because of political
pressure by USA and implementation of
release scheme to enable SEAC personnel to
return to UK.
references and Final Report from Supreme
Commander, SEAC (HMSO).
Trincomalee with HMS SHAH and HMS
STALKER to refuel.
Passage to Port Swettenham
to join HM Cruisers CEYLON, CLEOPATRA,
Carriers of 21st Carrier Squadron.
Covered allied landings north of Port
Dickson with HMS NELSON, RICHELIEU, HM
CEYLON, HMS CLEOPATRA and 21st
Aircraft Carrier Squadron with destroyer
(Operation ZIPPER - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY
P o s
t W a
N o t e s
HMS NIGERIA remained in full commission on return to UK from East Indies in
1945. Between 1946 and
served as Flagship, South Atlantic based
After paying off in
1951 she was placed in
Reserve and three years later
the Indian government. This ship
was extensively refitted before
into the RIN as IS MYSORE in 1957.
Following Fleet duties
until 1975 she was used as a training ship
for several years until being
u m m
a r y o f
P o s t W
a r S e r v i
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service and took passage to Simonstown.
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visits and exercises including ships of
sovereignty of Falkland Islands was part
responsibility of CinC South Atlantic
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South Atlantic deployment in continuation
this period an increase in presence of
and whilst in Falklands area and the ship
to Argentine naval tugs lying at Melchior,
miles south of
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9 to 1
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deployment in continuation.
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Returned to UK to pay-off and reduce to
Paid-off and destored.
Accepted into Reserve.
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2 to 1
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Reserve and placed on Sales List
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Sold to the
Indian Government for £300,000 and to be
brought up to current standards of an RN
of this Class.
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Under refit and
modernisation at Birkenhead
the changes made during this period were:
Type 960 in place of Type 279
Types 277 and 293 in place of Type 272
Under refit and
modernisation at Birkenhead
the changes made during this period
Fire Control Type 274 in place of Type
Two Type 275
Fire Control Type 275 in place of
equipment modernised and installed in
designed for the RN Action
New Type 974
Radar fitted for navigational purposes
replaced by new design.
fitted to replace earlier Tripod type.
mounting in X position aft removed.
torpedo tube mountings removed.
supply system modified to suit new
S e r v i c
n I n d i
a n N
a v y
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29th August as INS MYSORE for service
as Flagship of
the Indian Navy.
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in continuation including exercises with
Commonwealth Navies of
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collision with HM Destroyer HOGUE in
Ocean during Exercise
(Note: HMS HOGUE
sustained major structural damage and
on survey was
found beyond economical repair.)
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Flagship duties in
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training duties before being placed on
Sold for breaking-up.