sword. all Gold.
1 9 3 9
September Deployed on the America and West
Indies Station with the 8th
Other ships in Squadron were HM Cruisers BERWICK, YORK
and PERTH (RAN).
3rd Deployed at Kingston, Jamaica for interception of blockade runners in Caribbean
23rd Returned to Kingston and nominated for patrol off Curacoa.
1st Sailed for patrol from Kingston.
Returned to Kingston from patrol.
21st Sailed for Caribbean patrol from Kingston
23rd Sighted German tanker EMMY FRIEDRICH in Yucatan Channel.
(Note: This ship
later was scuttled when approached by HM Cruiser CARADOC).
26th Returned to Kingston
30th Sailed from Kingston
8th Returned from patrol.
13th Sailed from Kingston
25th Returned from patrol
28th Sailed from Kingston
(For details of
Interception operations see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
C. Barnett and THE BLOCKADERS by C. Hampshire).
5th Returned from patrol.
9th Sailed from Kingston for patrol
19th Intercepted German freighter ARAUCA off
coast of Florida with assistance from US Navy
avoided boarding by reaching US coastal waters and entered Everglades
27th Returned from patrol
(Note: Ship had
spent 102 days at sea since outbreak of war,)
1 9 4 0
2nd Took passage from Kingston for routine docking at Bermuda.
5th Taken in hand by HM Dockyard Bermuda on
February Nominated for passage via Canada and to bring the ashes of Lord Tweedsmuir
(Note: Lord Tweedsmuir was the famous author John Buchan who had been
General of Canada.)
Passage to Halifax.
Devonport and deployed as escort to troopship ss
DUCHESS OF BEDFORD.
March Under refit in HM Dockyard
(Note: It is
assumed docking in Bermuda was deferred.
Work undertaken at Devonport included installation of degaussing
14th Sailed from Devonport to rejoin Squadron in West Indies.
transfer to 7th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet
1st Took passage from Bermuda to
join Squadron and for deployment as Flagship of
May Joined HM Cruisers
NEPTUNE, SYDNEY (RAN), LIVERPOOL and GLOUCESTER
in 7th Cruiser
Squadron at Alexandria.
Took part in
Fleet exercises arranged in anticipation of war with Italy.
11th Deployed with HM Battleships WARSPITE and MALAYA, HM
Aircraft Carrier EAGLE and
ships of Squadron screened by 12 destroyers of 2nd and 14th
Met HM Cruisers
CALEDON and CAPETOWN during passage.
deployment was made to intercept any Italian ships encountered and to provide
any attack on Malta. See Naval Staff History (HMSO-2002).
Other ships in
Squadron were HM Cruisers NEPTUNE, SYDNEY (RAN),
12th HM Cruisers CALEDON and CALYPSO joined off Crete.
HMS CALEDON was sunk by Italian submarine BAGNOLINI which had been
one of a group of submarines positioned to attack warships in the
Mediterranean For Full details of this RN deployment see Naval
History (HMSO, 2002).)
21st Bombarded Bardia with French
battleship LORRAINE, HM Cruisers NEPTUNE and
Destroyers STUART (RAN), DECOY, DAINTY and HASTY.
MD3 – See Naval Staff History, Battle
Summary No 6)
This was the last joint operation with French naval units based at Alexandria.)
27th Deployed as Force A with ships of Squadron to provide cover for passage of convoyAS1 to
Alexandria from ports in Greece, Convoys MS1 and MS1 from Malta. (Operation MA3)
Took part in
engagement with Squadron against three Italian destroyer s escorting convoy
SW of Crete. The
destroyer ESPERO which were covering escape of
the other two
(OSTRO and ZEFPIRO). See reference for details.
28th Owing to the excessive expenditure of 6in ammunition by the
cruisers, passage of MS1 and
abandoned and Fleet units returned.
7th Joined Force A of Mediterranean Fleet with HM
Cruisers NEPTUNE, SYDNEY (RAN),
GLOUCESTER and LIVERPOOL to cover transit of Malta Convoys MS1 and MF1 in event
from Italian Fleet.
Under high level
air attacks which ware ineffectual.
9th In action against two Italian battleships, cruisers and
escorts with HHS EAGLE,
WARSPITE and MALAYA (Battle of Calabria).
(For details of operations and actions in the Mediterranean
during 1940-44 see THE
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
by D. Macintyre, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
Corelli Barnett and the Naval Staff History).
10th Provided cover during refuelling of HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN and
24th Deployed with HM Australian Destroyers VOYAGER and VAMPIRE
for a diversionary
off Casteloriso to divert enemy air activity away
27th Deployed with HM Armed Boarding Vessels CHAKLA and FIONA
escorted by the RAN
destroyers for a
diversionary simulated landing approach on Casteloriso
. Fired starshell illuminations without any response from shore defenders.
31st Deployed with HMS NEPTUNE and HMAS SYDNEY screened by four
destroyers to carry out
sweep in Aegean during Malta aircraft delivery by ships of Force H from
ships were now deployed as 7th Cruiser Squadron).
3rd Returned to Alexandria with ships of Squadron.
30th Joined HM Battleships WARSPITE and MALAYA, HMS
EAGLE, HMAS SYDNEY and
screen of ten
destroyers deployed as Force I to provide cover for transit of Convoy MS2
passage from Alexandria to Malta.
2nd Provided escort for ships of Force
F, HM Battleship VALIANT, HM Aircraft Carrier
Cruisers CAIRO and COVENTRY joining Fleet based at Alexandria
(Operation HATS). See above references for details.
4th Detached from Force I and carried out bombardment of
targets at Scarpanto with HMAS
Destroyers ILEX and DECOY.
Under attack by
Italian torpedo boats MA536 which was damaged and MAS 537
5th Returned to Alexandria.
28th Sailed from Alexandria
with HM Battleships WARSPITE, VALIANT, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS,
Cruisers SYDNEY (RAN) and YORK screened by
11 destroyers to provide cover for the
passage of HM
Cruisers LIVERPOOL and GLOUCESTER taking troops to Malta.
29th Under attack by high level bombing and later by torpedo
aircraft. See Naval Staff History.
(Note: Threat of
attack by Italian surface units did not materialise as enemy ships withdrew,
30th Remained with Fleet units when cruisers
carrying troops detached.
1st Sighted by aircraft which was shot
down by FULMAR aircraft from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS.
rejoined and Fleet units took passage to return to Alexandria.
with HMAS SYDNEY and took passage to Stampalia.
3rd Carried out night bombardment of Port Maltaezana.
to Alexandria with HMAS SYDNEY.
8th Sailed from Alexandria
with HM Battleships WARSPITE, VALIANT, MALAYA and
HM Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS and EAGLE, HM Cruisers YORK,
and SYDNEY (RAN) screened by 16 destroyers
HM Destroyers DAINTY, DECOY, IMPERIAL, JANUS, JERVIS, JUNO,
NUBIAN, VAMPIRE (RAN) and VENDETTA (RAN) to provide cover for
of Convoy MF3 to Malta
and return Convoy MF4 to Egypt
11th After arrival
off Malta detached with HMS AJAX, HM Destroyers NUBIAN and MOHAWK
north east of Fleet units in intercept any Italian attempt to close Fleet units
12th Enemy destroyers engaged by HMS AJAX which damaged ARTIGLIERE
and sank ARIEL
(Note: HMS AJAX
was damaged in this action,
surrendered and sank after being abandoned. Position of survivors
was signalled on
commercial frequency to enable rescue of survivors by Italian ships.
For details see
13th Rejoined Fleet to cover carrier air attacks on Leros.
14th Under air attacks off east end of Crete during
which HMS LIVERPOOL was hit by torpedo
LIVERPOOL in tow
15th Tow parted after 100 miles and the cruiser's forward
structure broke off.
16th Arrived at Alexandria and detached after tow transferred.
references for details.)
25th Deployed with HMS MALAYA, HMS EAGLE, HMAS SYDNEY, HM Cruiser COVENTRY
screened by HM
Destroyers JERVIS, JUNO and six other destroyers to provide cover for
Convoy AN5 in Aegean (Operation MAQ2)
(Note: This also
included anti-submarine sweep and air attacks Port Maltezana,
28th Returned to Alexandria with same ship on completion of air operations.
(Note: Greece entered WW2 after German ultimatum and made necessary the
defence of Crete including establishment of base at Suda Bay.)
November Embarked RAF personnel and stores
at Port Said and took passage to Suda Bay.
Sailed from Suda Bay after disembarkation and joined Force A on Mediterranean
on passage to
meet re-inforcements in transit from Gibraltar as
Force F and covering passage
to Malta of west bound Convoy MW3.(Operation COAT)
11th Detached from Force A with HM Cruisers AJAX. SYDNEY, HM Destroyers MOHAWK and
NUBIAN to carry
out attacks on convoys in Strait
of Taranto (Note: This was part of Fleet
ILLUSTRIOUS with Force A carried out air attacks on Italian Fleet at Taranto
Operation JUDGEMENT after HMS ORION detached to proceed to Strait
13th Took part in night action with detached ships against convoy
of four mercantiles and the escort
All four mercantiles were sunk and the escorts were damaged.
14th Returned to Alexandra.
15th Embarked 1,000 troops at Alexandria for passage to Piraeus with HM Cruisers AJAX, YORK,
GLOUCESTER and SYDNEY (RAN).
20th Returned to Alexandria.
23rd Sailed from Alexandria Force A to cover passage of military
Convoy to Suda Bay.
(Note: Ships of
Force A included HMS WARSPITE, HMS VALIANT, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS,
SYDNEY (RAN). AJAX ,YORK, GLOUCESTER and GLASGOW
screen by nine
was part of a Operation COLLAR with Force H to pass reinforcement
ships to Alexandria from Gibraltar, return of HMS RAMILLIES and HMS BERWICK as
well as covering
Convoy MW4 to Malta (Operation MB9).
29th Detached from Fleet unite with HM Cruisers SYDNEY (RAN) and AJAX to provide cover for
during passage to Alexandria. See Naval Staff History.
2nd Arrived at Alexandria with ME4,
12th Deployed with HMAS SYDNEY and HMS AJAX to provide cover
passage of military convoy in
16th Refuelled at Suda Bay and resumed cover duty.
18th After rejoining Fleet units which were covering Convoy MW5 on
passage from Alexandria to
Malta detached to carry out fruitless anti-shipping sweep with
HMS AJAX and HMAS SYDNEY
between Bari and Durazzo screened by HM
Destroyers JANUS, JERVIS and JUNO.
units carried out bombardment of Valona (Operation
20th Rejoined Fleet units to cover passage of Convoy ME5 on
passage to Egypt
24th Returned to Alexandria.
1 9 4 1
6th Escorted RFA Tanker BRAMBLELEAF from Alexandria to Suda Bay, Crete with HM Cruiser
YORK and HM Corvettes HYACINTH, PEONY, GLOXINIA and SALVIA.
7th Passage from Suda Bay with HMS AJAX and HM Cruiser PERTH
(RAN) to join Fleet as
. 9th Joined Fleet for deployment to provide cover passage of
military convoy carrying tanks to Middle
transit of convoys MW5A/B and ME4 and from Malta as well as another convoy taking
stores for Greece (Operation MC4 – See Naval Staff History)
(Note: This was
part of joint Operation EXCESS with Force H to pass re-inforcements
Fleet at Alexandria, HM Cruiser BONAVENTURE and four destroyers with a
convoy to Piraeus and Egypt. (Operation EXCESS).)
10th Deployed for escort of EXCESS Convoy. Utter heavy and
sustained air attacks.
11th Detached with HMAS PERTH, HMS JERVIS and HMS JANUS to help
damaged Cruiser HMS
on fire during heavy air attacks. On arrival assisted HM GLOUCKS1KR also
later rescued survivors from HMS SOUTHAMPTON with HMAS PERTH and HM
Sank hulk of HMS
SOUTHAMPTON with three torpedoes.
with Fleet in Eastern Mediterranean
radar set fitted to Alexandria. Type 286M a modified RAF Air-Surface set used for
surface targets and limited air cover. For details of development and use of
radar by RN see
RADAR AT SEA by D. Howse and THE DEVELOPMENT
THE RN Edited by FA Kingsley.)
19th Took passage from Alexandria
with HM Cruisers AJAX and GLOUCESTER
screened by HM
NUBIAN and MOHAWK for Malta.
Troops of Cheshire and Hampshire
Regiments and stores were embarked for passage.)
21st Arrived in Malta
and returned as escort for HM Supply Ship BRECONSHIRE and ss
during return passage to Alexandria
with HMS AJAX and HM Destroyers
and HOTSPUR (Operation MC8)
The two escorted ships were returning empty.)
4th Embarked troop at Suda Bay and escorted Convoy AG3 with AG3 to with HMS AJAX, HMAS
PERTH and HMS GLOUCESTER (Operation
LUSTRE was the passage of of additional support by
Army units for defence of
12th Further embarkation of troops for passage to Piraeus (Operation LUSTRE
14th Deployed on offensive sweep in Aegean
against Italian convoys with HMS AJAX HMAS
PERTH and HMS GLOUCESTER
screened by four Fleet destroyers identified as Force 9).
20th Sailed from Suda
Bay with same ships to meet Fleet
units covering passage of Convoy MW6
passage to Malta
21st Met Fleet units which detached and
continued as escort for MW6 to Malta.
23rd Rejoined Fleet units after arrival in
Malta of MW6 and later detached to resume covering duties
convoys to and from Piraeus.
25th Escorted Convoy AG9 to
HMS AJAX and HM Australian Destroyer VENDETTA.
Piraeus and despatched to rejoin
Fleet units on passage to intercept major Italian units on
attacks LUSTRE Convoys.
26th Rejoined Fleet and detached to carry out patrol in Kithera Channel with same ships to report any
sitting of Italian cruisers and lead these towards Mediterranean Fleet.
Deployed to NE
of main Fleet during Battle of Matapan.
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C. Barnett, MATAPAN by
SH Pack and
Naval Staff History.
29th Rejoined Fleet and returned to Alexandria.
31st Arrived at Alexandria with Fleet units.
April Based at Suda Bay with Cruisers of Mediterranean Fleet.
12th Deployed with HMS AJAX and HMAS PERTH, screened by six
destroyers to patrol along
coast and provide support to military operation at Ras-el-Tin.
18th Deployed with Squadron and Fleet unite to cover the passage
to Malta of HM Supply
BRECONSHIRE and the return of four empty ships (Convoy ME7) to Alexandria.
21st Part of Force
C as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE with HMAS PERTH
HMS JAX during attacks on shore targets at Tripoli by Main Fleet), screened by HM
GRIFFIN, DEFENDER, KINGSTON and FURY (Operation MD2).
25th Returned to Suda Bay from Alexandria on completion of MD2.
26th Covered evacuation of allied troops from
Greece and then ordered to replace Store Ship HMS
at Nauphlia with HMAS PERTH.
arrival joined HM Cruisers PHOEBE and CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers DEFENDER,
300 men taken off beach at Tolon
by HM Australian Destroyer STUART
27th Passage to Suda Bay with HMS AJAX, HMAS PERTH and HMAS STUART.
29th Covered evacuation convoy GA15 taking
10,930 troops to Alexandria with HMAS PERTH,
PHOEBE, HMS DECOY and HMS HASTY.
met HM Battleships BARHAM, VALIANT and MALAYA and
with HMS WARSPITE, HMS BARHAM, HMS VALIANT, .HMS FORMIDABLE,
AJAX and HMAS PERTH with screen of 19
destroyers to cover Malta supply convoy
also a military convoy to Alexandria from central Mediterranean.
HM Battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH, HM Cruisers NAIAD, FIJI and GLOUCESTER
also joining Mediterranean
from Gibraltar (Operation TIGER)
Operation MD4 with Force H.).
9th Met TIGER convoy with HMS AJAX, HMAS
PERTH, HMS DIDO and HMS PHOEBE
by HM Destroyers KELLY, KELVIN and JACKAL.
12th Arrived at Alexandria with Convoy.
21st Deployed with HM Cruisers DIDO and AJAX screened by HM Destroyers HASTY, HERO,
and HEREWARD as Force D for patrol between Suda. Bay and Maleme
intercept invasion craft taking German troops to Crete.
sustained air opposition made successful attack
on caiques and mercantiles
22nd Continued patrol and returned with Force
D to Alexandria to replenish.
28th Deployed with HM Cruisers AJAX and DIDO,
DECOY, .HM Destroyers HEREWARD,
IMPERIAL, JACKAL and KIMBERLEY as Force "B" to evacuate troops from
air attack on passage and remained off shore on arrival to embark troops
29th Sailed with 1,900 troops and came under
dive-bombing air attacks from daylight
about 100 miles from Alexandria.
direct hits on A Turret and on
bridge structure with many casualties
100 members of the ship’s company were killed and 260 troops with 280
was disabled and fires caused with a loss of all services.
extensive damage control had been undertaken returned to Alexandria at 12 knots
June Under temporary repair at Alexandria.
29th Sailed for passage to Simonstown via Aden.
July Under repair in HM Dockyard, Simonstown during which catapult was removed and fitted in
Seaplane Tender ALBATROSS.
repair arranged in US Navy Yard.
August On completion of repair to allow safe passage,
sailed to San Francisco.
28th Transit of Panama Canal.
5th Arrived at Mare Island US Navy Yard.
in hand for repair.
1 9 4 2
repair and post refit trials.
15th Carried out sea trials on completion of
Work undertaken included preparation for installation of RN radar equipment.)
March Passage to Plymouth
April Taken in hand by HM
Dockyard Devonport for installation of radar equipment
aircraft warning (Type 279); surface warning (Type 273); Main armament
(Type 284) and Secondary armament fire control (Three Type 285)
21st On completion took passage to work-up and to carry out radar
28th Arrived at Lamlash to carry out
trials and work-up for operational service
May Deployed in NW
June Under repair in Clyde
24th Passage from Clyde to Scapa Flow
26th Arrived at Scapa
for service with 15th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
July Prepared for foreign service.
17th Joined military convoy WS21P in Clyde with HM
Destroyer NEPAL and Dutch destroyer
HIDDES as Ocean escort during passage to Aden.
27th At Freetown with WS21P
13th At Capetown with
16th Rejoined WS21P with HMS NEPAL and TJERK
HIDDES to relieve HM Cruiser
and HM Destroyer DUNCAN as Ocean Escort to Aden.
29th Detached from WS21P on arrival off Aden and took passage to join Squadron at Alexandria
September Passage in Indian
Ocean and Red Sea.
29th Suez Canal
October Deployed in eastern Mediterranean
with ships of Squadron for interception patrol and support
Other ships in Squadron were HM Cruisers CLEOPATRA, ARETHUSA, DIDO and
16th Escorted Malta Relief Convoy MW13 with ships of Squadron
screened by HM Destroyers
KELVIN, NUBIAN, PAKENHAM, PALADIN, PETARD and HUNT
STONEAGE – See MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodman)
17th Detached from MW 13 and returned to Alexandria with Fleet destroyers
18th Rejoined MW13 and came under aircraft attacks by torpedoes
during which HMS
ARETHUSA was hit
and sustained serious damage as well as casualties.
19th Detached from MW13 and returned to Alexandria.
21st Arrived at Alexandria.
3rd Deployed with HM Destroyers PAKENHAM, PETARD and Greek
OLGA as escort
for Convoy MW14 during passage to Malta (Operation PORTCULLIS).
(Note: MW14 was
the last major relief convoy operation to Malta see above reference.)
5th Arrived in Malta with MW14.
7th Sailed from Malta as escort for return Convoy ME 11 during initial stage of
passage to Egypt.
Destroyers PAKENHAM, PETARD, ALDENHAM, BELVOIR, CROOME,
HURSLEY, TETCOTT, Greek VASILISSA OLGA and GREEK
9th Detached from ME11 off Derna with
HM Destroyers ALDENHAM, CROOME,
DULVERTON, EXMOOR and
HURSLEY (Operation QUADRANGLE
Took passage to Malta
1 9 4 3
January Deployed with ships of
Squadron based in Malta
for interception of enemy supply convoys
13th Escorted Convoy ME15 from Malta during passage to Egypt until it dispersed.
Destroyers PAKENHAM, NUBIAN, JAVELIN, PALADIN, HM Escort
ALDENHAM, BELVOIR and HURSLEY.
Returned to Malta.
February Malta deployment with Squadron in continuation.
May Nominated for support of
planned military operations to invade Pantelleria.
12th Carried out bombardment of
31st Carried out further bombarded of shore positions on Pantelleria with HM Destroyers
TROUBRIDGE. (Operation CORKSCREW).
Pantelleria with HM
Destroyers PALADIN and TROUBRIDGE.
8th Took part in Dress Rehearsal for assault on Pantelleria with HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND, AURORA, PENELOPE, EURYALUS and seven destroyers.
10th Covered landings on
with HM Cruisers NEWFOUNDLAND, PENELOPE and
screened by Fleet destroyers and MTBs.
12th Bombarded Lampedusa with HM Cruisers
PENELOPE and HNS NEWFOUNDLAND).
July Nominated for support of planned landings in Sicily landings.
7th Joined Support Force East with HM Cruisers NEWFOUNDLAND, PENELOPE and
destroyer screen (Operation HUSKY).
9th Sailed from Malta to join Military Convoy MKF18 as escort during passage to BARK Beach
10th Provided cover during assault phase of landings.
11th Provided naval gunfire support with HM Monitor EREBUS, HM Cruisers GAMBIA,
MAURITIUS and NEWFOUNDLAND.
12th Bombarded naval base at Augusta,
3rd At Augusta
passage to Malta
to resume interception of enemy supply convoys.
6th Deployed in Malta.
21st Carried out bombardment of shore batteries in Straits of
31st Deployed with HM Battleships WARSPITE and VALIANT for
bombardment of Reggio in
planned landings on Italian mainland (Operation BAYTOWN)
Battleships NELSON and RODNEY also bombarded shore positions.)
2nd Carried out further bombardments on Calabrian
coast with HM Cruiser MAURITIUS and
3rd Deployed in support of landing of British XIII Corps with
HM Monitors EREBUS,
ABERCROMBIE, HMS MAURITIUS, HM River Gunboats APHIS and
7th Deployed with escort for assault convoy on passage from Augusta to Salerno Beach Head
MAURITIUS, HMS UGANDA, HM Destroyers LAFOREY, NUBIAN,
and Greek PINDOS (Operation AVALANCHE).
9th Joined TF63, Northern Attack Force to provide cover during
landing at Salerno.
ships in TF63 included HM Cruiser DELHI, HMS ROBERTS and destroyers
of 19th and 21st
11th Provided naval gunfire support with HMS ROBERTS, HMS
UGANDA, HMS AURORA, US cruisers USS PHILADELPHIA, USS BOISE and
during German counter-attack in Bridgehead area.
13th Relieved by HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD for
renewal of gun barrel rifling.
15th Continued support gunfire duty.
17th Relieved by HM Cruiser DIDO
MAURITIUS was relieved by HMS SIRIUS)
18th Withdrawn from Station for repair.
Took passage to UK.
1st Taken in hand for repair in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.
November On completion returned to 15th
Cruiser Squadron in Mediterranean.
27th Bombarded positions north of Garigilano River with HM Destroyers PALADIN,
29th Arrived at Taranto
December Based at Taranto for support of military operations.
12th Carried out bombardment at Gaeta
(Note: This was
to prevent German reinforcement in Cassino area.)
1 9 4 4
January Nominated for support of
planned allied landings at Anzio and took passage to Naples
15th Bombarded Gaeta with HM Cruiser SPARTAN and HM Destroyers FAULKNOR,
18th Repeated bombardment at Gaeta with same ships.
21st Part of Northern Assault Force (PETER) escorting 1st
Infantry Division with HM HQ Ship
Cruiser SPARTAN and HM AA Ship PALOMARES screened by Fleet
landings as Anzio (Operation SHINGLE).
22nd Provided naval gunfire support off Anzio.
23rd Carried out further naval gunfire support.
24th Withdrawn due to weather damage and returned to Naples.
25th Relieved US Cruiser BROOKLYN off beaches.
February Deployed in rotation with HM
Cruisers HMS DIDO, DELHI, PHOEBE, PENELOPE.,
MAURITIUS, US Cruisers USS PHILADELPHIA and USS BROOKLYN for naval
March Gunfire Support duty in
April Transferred to 10th
Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet for support of planned allied landings
in Normandy and took passage to UK.
28th Arrived at Rosyth.
May Took part in exercises
for assault landings with Squadron.
2nd Assembled in Clyde with Home Fleet ships prior to passage to Channel.
3rd Sailed with Bombardment Force K to provide
naval gunfire support during for landings
on GOLD Beach with HM Cruisers ARGONAUT, AJAX, EMERALD, HM Netherlands
5th Sailed from Portsmouth as Convoy G12 escorted by HM Destroyers GRENVILLE and
(Operation NEPTUNE - For
details see Naval Staff History (HMSO).
6th Bombarded German battery of four 105mm guns at Mont Fleury with Force K
10th Remained in Channel for support of military operations after
to Portsmouth to replace worn gun barrels)
July Transferred to Mediterranean
for support of allied landings in south of France.
Flagship of Gunfire Support Group (Task Force 84) with ALPHA
ships in Group were HM Battleship RAMILLIES, HM Cruisers AJAX,
AURORA and BLACK
PRINCE, and US cruiser USS QUINCY.
22nd Arrived Naples and joined TF84.
August Preparation for South of
11th Sailed from Malta without HMS RAMILLIES.
15th Met HMS RAMILLIES in Assault Area.
support during landings.
DRAGOON - For details see Naval Staff History (HMSO).
22nd Released from Task Force and returned to Naples..
(Note: Whilst at
Naples ship was visited by HM King George VI)
September Transferred to British Aegean Force
to cover occupation of Aegean Islands and Greek
24th Covered CVE's during air operations
in support of landings and reconnaissance.
offensive sweeps and interceptions of evacuation craft with HM Cruisers
AJAX, ROYALIST, BLACK PRINCE, ARGONAUT, AURORA and COLOMBO.
October Deployed in support of
operations in Greek coastal waters.
15th Provided cover with HM Cruiser AJAX during landing of two British Infantry Brigades at
Piraeus for re-occupation of Athens after German forces had retreated with HMS AJAX.
November Deployed in support of military
operations off Greek mainland and in Aegean.
December Support deployment in
7th Landed Marine detachment to assist in prevention of sniping
14th Sailed for Malta.
1 9 4 5
January Under repair in Malta
5th Mr Churchill and President Roosevelt on board prior to
Yalta conference with Stalin.
On completion of
repair resumed Squadron support duties in western Mediterranean for
the west coast of Italy and south coast of France.
March Support duties in
continuation based at Naples.
April Carried out bombardment
of San Remo on Italian Riviera
Adriatic to support military operations.
11th Arrived in Trieste for support of military
15th Under fire from Albanian shore batteries in Corfu Channel,
June Deployed In
Mediterranean based at Malta.
to (Note: Type 283
Radar fitted for Barrage Control of main and secondary armament.)