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September Contractors trials.
30th Build completion
and commenced Acceptance Trials.
completion of trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow.
28th Began work-up at Scapa Flow with 10th
Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet.
for detached duty in SW Approaches for interception of
enemy coastal convoys
and allied convoy defence based at Plymouth.
completion deployed in SW Approach and returned to Scapa Flew for duty with
Fleet in NW Approaches.
26th Covered passage of Atlantic convoys with
HM Battlecruiser REPULSE after Convoy WS5A
to the Middle East had been attacked by the German cruiser HIPPER.
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Burnett and the Naval
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January Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
6th Provided ocean escort for ships during
minelay in Northern Barrage by ships of 1st
Minelaying Squadron (Operation SN7A).
details of all minelaying operations in WW2 see Naval Staff History (Mining).).
completion deployed with HM Battleship NELSON for patrol off Iceland.
17th Covered minelay by ships of 1st
Minelaying Squadron in Northern Barrage.
Escorted military 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 Distant Cover),
8th Carried out search in North Sea for German warship reported on
passage into the
Atlantic to attack
11th Escorted ships of 1st Minelaying
Squadron during minelay in Northern Barrage.
17th Deployed on patrol off Iceland with HMS NELSON to intercept
and GNEISENAU reported on passage into the Atlantic.
26th Deployed on patrol
in Denmark Strait with HM
28th Joined HM Battleship KING GEORGE V and
two other Home Fleet cruisers in search for
German cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER on passage to Kiel. The enemy ship was not found.
30th Deployed with HM Battlecruiser HOOD and
HM Cruiser FIJI to cover convoys between
UK and Gibraltar (Operation
Fleet deployment in NW Approaches for convoy defence continuation.
28th Intercepted German
weather ship LAUENBURG with HM Destroyer TARTAR.
ship detonated scuttling charges but the ENIGMA code books were by recovered
by boarding party from HMS TARTAR before German ship sank.
25th Deployed with HM Cruiser AURORA, HM
Destroyers PUNJABI and TARTAR.
Took passage to assess possible use for refuelling Russian Convoy
1st Evacuated Norwegian nationals and
destroyed weather station on Bear Island.
completion carried out offensive sweep off Norway.
19th Escorted troopship EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA
taking Canadian Commando force for a raid
on Spitzbergen with HMS AURORA (Operation GAUNTLET).
23rd Provided gunfire support during landings
and assisted in the destruction of coalmine
equipment. See ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and THE WATERY
by B Fergusson for details.
Embarked Russian nationals at Barentsburg.
24th Landed Russian passengers in Archangel and returned to Langyearby in
collect Norwegian nationals for passage to UK.
1st Escorted colliers and other craft to Scapa Flow with HMS AURORA.
7th During sweep off Norway with HMS AURORA intercepted
small convoy of two troopships
near Porshanger Fjord.
poor weather conditions engaged and sank German training ship BREMSE but the
troopships escaped in poor visibility.
damage to bow structure
Post War analysis suggested ship may have detonated a mine)
repair and refit at Tyne commercial shipyard
Work done included installation of Type 284 fire control radar for forward main
15th 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 in NW
8th Escorted Russian Convoy PQ8 from Iceland to Murmansk
(Note: To be confirmed.)
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 and
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
17th Remained in Murmansk to supplement defence of future
convoys for passage from
Bear Island to Kola
to join Russian Convoy PQ9/10 with HM Destroyers FAULKNOR and INTREPID.
5th Joined convoy escort.
8th Detached from PQ9/10.
13th Covered passage of returning Convoy QP7.
15th Detached from QP7.
22nd Escorted inward Russian Convoy PQ11 with
Russian destroyers for final stage of transit.
2nd Provided Distant Cover for passage of
returning Convoy QP8
7th Detached from Distant Cover for QP8.
22nd Deployed with Home Fleet covering force
for passage of Russian Convoy PQ13 and
5th Escorted HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V from Rosyth to Scapa Flow to join
10th Part of Home Fleet Distant Cover for
passage of Convoy PQ11 and returning Convoy OP10
with HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and DUKE OF YORK, H M Aircraft Carrier
and HM Cruiser KENT, screened by Fleet destroyers.
11th Detached from Distant Cover.
28th Escorted Russian Convoy PQ15
1st Detached from PQ15 escort for
returning convoy QP11 after the loss of HM Cruiser
13th 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 repair.
HMS TRINIDAD was sunk on 15th May by our own forces after being hit during
heavy air attacks).
Came under air attacks on return passage.
23rd 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 Approaches.
30th Joined Home Fleet Distant Cover for
Russian Convoy PQ17 with HMS DUKE OF YORK,
US battleship WASHINGTON, HMS VICTORIOUS and HM Cruiser CUMBERLAND
with Fleet destroyer screen until convoy was scattered by
Admiralty on 4th July.
to west of Bear Island for cover of returning Convoy QP13 passage.
7th After arrival of Convoy OP13 at Reykjavik resumed Home Fleet deployment.
2nd Detached with HM Battleship NELSON, HMS
VICTORIOUS, HMS KENYA, HM
MANCHESTER, HM AA Cruiser CAIRO screened by Home Fleet
reinforce escort of military supply convoy WS21s to Malta.
10th 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
11th Under attack by
U-Boats followed by torpedo and dive bombing.
Aircraft Carrier EAGLE was sunk during the submarine
13th Hit by torpedo from Italian submarine AXUM during air attacks when
Sustained serious damage.
with escorted by HM Escort Destroyers WILTON, BICESTER and DERWENT to
return to Gibraltar.
details of this operation see THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by Donald
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, PEDESTAL by Peter Smith and
MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodhead. ).
15th Under temporary
repair in Gibraltar.
September Under repair at Gibraltar.
repair arranged in USA.
7th Passage to USA.
23rd Taken in hand for repair and refit at Charleston US navy Yard..
Work done included:
for fit of AA Fire control radar on return to UK
Preparation for fit of aircraft warning radar Type 279 by Type 281.
for replacement of Surface radar Type 272..
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January Under refit.
to UK on completion of post refit trials.
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 Squadron.
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completion of trials, calibrations and storing took passage to Scapa Flow
Worked-up for operational service with 10th Cruiser Squadron.
with Home Fleet for convoy defence in NW Approaches.
27th Joined Squadron.
16th Deployed with HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE,
CEYLON and GAMBIA and Dutch cruiser
to escort HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH, VALIANT and the French
battleship RICHELIEU, screened by Fleet destroyers as Task Force 69.
These ships covered air attacks on airfields and other targets at Sabang, Sumatra by
the aircraft carriers HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and USS SARATOGA.
6th Joined HMS NEWCASTLE and Dutch TROMP as escort for
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH,
VALIANT and French RICHELIEU with Fleet destroyer screen as Task Force 65 for
cover of HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and USS SARATOGA during passage for
attacks on oil refineries at Soerabaya
15th Replenished in Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia.
17th 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 RENOWN
battleship RICHELIEU during bombardment of targets at Sabang
25th 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 (HMSO).).
11th Passage to
Trincomalee from Fremantle.
5th Cruiser Squadron, Eastern Fleet when British Pacific Fleet formed.
1st Deployed with HMS KENYA, HMS
NEWCASTLE and HMS PHOEBE as Force 61 for
support of military operations in Burma (See Naval Staff History).
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1st Deployed with HM Escort Carrier
AMEER, HMS NEWCASTLE, HMS PHOEBE and
three Fleet Destroyers in support of landings by 3rd
Commando Brigade on Akyab
support not required as Japanese had left (Operation LIGHTNING).
22nd Embarked Royal Marines at Akyab for landing on Cheduba Island, Burma.
26th Landed Royal Marines and supported
operation with HMS NEWCASTLE and HMS
KENYA escorted by HM Destroyers RAPID
and PALADIN (Operation SANKEY).
31st Re-embarked RM's
and bombarded west coast of Ramree Island with HMS
February Passage to Simonstown.
Refit and Rest and Recreation period.
3rd Returned to Ceylon with call at Durban.
13th Deployed with HM Destroyers ROEBUCK,
RACEHORSE and REDOUBT as Task Force 62
to reinforce ships of Force 61 during operation to intercept
Japanese evacuation craft.
18th Returned to Trincomalee.
with Eastern Fleet.
5th Joined HMS AMEER and HMS EMPEROR to
cover minesweeping operations escorted by
HM Destroyers ROEBUCK, ESKIMO and VIGILANT.
COLLIE - Preparation for Malayan coast landings..
Bombarded Car Nicobar during the
15th Bombarded Nancowry.
for operations in Malacca Strait in support of landings.
15th Joined HM Battleship NELSON, HM Escort
Carriers ATTACKER, HUNTER, SHAH
and STALKER for passage to Penang for occupation.
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).
24th Returned to
Trincomalee with HMS SHAH and HMS STALKER to refuel.
4th Passage to Port Swettenham
to join HM Cruisers CEYLON, CLEOPATRA, ROYALIST
and Escort Carriers of 21st Carrier Squadron.
9th Covered allied landings north of Port
Dickson with HMS NELSON, RICHELIEU, HM
CEYLON, HMS CLEOPATRA and 21st
Aircraft Carrier Squadron with destroyer
screen (Operation ZIPPER - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
HMS NIGERIA remained in full commission on return to UK from East Indies in 1945. Between 1946 and
1950 she served as Flagship, South Atlantic based at Simonstown.
After paying off in 1951 she was placed in Reserve and three years later purchased by
the Indian government. This ship was extensively refitted before
recommissioning 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
S u m m
a r y o f P o s t W a r S e r v i c e
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service and took passage to Simonstown.
1 9 4 7
visits and exercises including ships of the newly
formed South African Navy
(Note: Supervision of
sovereignty of Falkland Islands was part
of the responsibility of CinC South Atlantic Station.
1 9 4 8
South Atlantic deployment in continuation
this period an increase in presence of Argentine warships
became evident and whilst in Falklands area and the ship made
formal protest to Argentine naval tugs lying at Melchior, 800
miles south of Cape Horn.)
1 9 4 9 to 1 9 5 0
Atlantic deployment in continuation.
1 9 5 1
Returned to UK to pay-off and reduce to
Paid-off and destored.
Accepted into Reserve.
1 9 5 2 to 1 9 5 3
Reserve and placed on Sales List
1 9 5 4
Sold to the
Indian Government for £300,000 and to be refitted with
equipment brought up to current standards of an RN cruiser
of this Class.
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Under refit and modernisation at Birkenhead by Cammell
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 by Cammell
the changes made during this period were:
Fire Control Type 274 in place of Type 284.
Two Type 275
Fire Control Type 275 in place of Type 285
equipment modernised and installed in
compartments 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 equipment
S e r v i c e i 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.
1 9 5 8
in continuation including exercises with other
Commonwealth Navies of SEATO Powers.
1 9 5 9
collision with HM Destroyer HOGUE in Indian
Ocean during Exercise JET59.
(Note: HMS HOGUE
sustained major structural damage and
on survey was found beyond economical repair.)
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1 9 7 4
Flagship duties in continuation.
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1 9 8 0
training duties before being placed on Disposal List
Sold for breaking-up.