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Contractor's trials and
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of
trial and storing took passage to Scapa
for work-up with
Refitted for use as an Escort
Carrier Squadron Flagship
On completion deployed at Plymouth
for interception duty in SW Approaches.
transfer to Mediterranean
and took passage to Malta
to join Squadron.
Arrived at Naples
as part of Force K.
support of military operations.
Passage to Gibraltar.
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Nominated for support of
planned landings at Anzio.
Bombarded German positions at Gaeta,
north of Naples
prior to Anzio
Carried out further bombardment of Gaeta
with HM Destroyers
Joined HM Cruisers ORION and PENELOPE, HM
INGLEFIELD, and LOYAL
Northern Attack Force (Peter) at Anzio.
Landing Ships (Tank) taking 1st British
infantry Division to beachhead with
ORION and 12 destroyers.
Provided naval gunfire support during
landings with HMS ORION,
HM AA Snip ULSTER
HM Destroyers LAFOREY and LOYAL.
SHINGLE - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by
Barnett and the
Naval Staff History.)
Hit on port side abaft after funnel by
Hs 293 Glider which exploded in engine room.
Compartment flooded and fire started in
superstructure causing explosions.
Capsized and abandoned after an hour when
not be controlled.
Sank in position 41.26N 12.41E.
523 Survivors were rescued by HM Cruiser
LAFOREY and HMS LOYAL.