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August Contractor's trials and
10th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
On completion of
trial and storing took passage to Scapa
flow for work-up with
September Refitted for use as an Escort
Carrier Squadron Flagship
October On completion deployed at Plymouth for interception duty in SW Approaches.
Nominated for transfer to Mediterranean
and took passage to Malta to join Squadron.
8th Arrived at Naples from Malta as part of Force K.
support of military operations.
December Passage to Gibraltar.
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January Nominated for support of
planned landings at Anzio.
15th Bombarded German positions at Gaeta, north of Naples prior to Anzio landings.
18th Carried out further bombardment of Gaeta with HM Destroyers
21st Joined HM Cruisers ORION and PENELOPE, HM Destroyers
INGLEFIELD, and LOYAL
Northern Attack Force (Peter) at Anzio.
Landing Ships (Tank) taking 1st British infantry Division to beachhead with
ORION and 12 destroyers.
22nd 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.)
29th Hit on port side abaft after funnel by
Hs 293 Glider which exploded in engine room.
Compartment flooded and fire started in after
superstructure causing explosions.
Capsized and abandoned after an hour when fires could
not be controlled.
Sank in position 41.26N 12.41E.
523 Survivors were rescued by HM Cruiser DIDO, HMS
LAFOREY and HMS LOYAL.