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During acceptance trials required for
passage for Milford Haven to embark mines for first operational lay.
Carried out vibration trials by
jettisoning Dummy Mines.
mines at Milford Haven
on A/S minelaying operations in SW Approaches. escorted by HM Destroyers
and KASHMIR for first lay on Little Sole
(Note: Intended use in Bay of Biscay changed because of material shortage).
machinery defect deployed in minelaying task in Bay of Biscay to hamper
movement of SCHARNHORST and GNE1SNAU
out minelay off Brest escorted by HM Destroyers KELLY, KASHMIR, KELVIN and
JACKAL of 6th Destroyer Flotilla
(Note: Congratulated by 1st Sea Lord
on an impressive performance in an unworked
-up ship. For details of activities
in Home waters in 1941 see HOLD THE
NARROW SEA by P Smith and ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C. Bamett).
machinery repair at Cowes
Whilst on passage to Clyde for Full Power Trial required
for priority duty and trial cancelled.
passage to Mediterranean after embarking stores required in Malta.
to Malta from Gibraltar with HM Cruiser DIDO, HM Destroyers KELLY, KELVIN,
KASHMIR, KIPLING, JACKAL and JERSEY as Force S.
(Operation SALIENT - Co-incident with
Operation DUNLOP (Malta aircraft delivery and
transfer of reinforcement warships
for Fleet in eastern Mediterranean.)
stores in Malta and joined HMS DIDO, HM Destroyers JAGUAR, JERVIS, JUNO
and IMPERIAL as escort for HM Supply
Ship BRECONSHIRE during passage to Egypt.
at Alexandria and joined Mediterranean Fleet.
(For details of naval operations in
the Mediterranean see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY, THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre, THE NAVAL WAR
THE MEDITERRANEAN by Greene and Massignani and
Naval Staff History (HMSO-2001.)
with Mediterranean Fleet to cover passage of military convoy bringing tanks
for Middle East army (Operation TIGER).
11th Planned minelay
between Lampedusa and Kerkenah Bank cancelled.
(Part of Operation MD4).
out minelay in Ionian Sea between Levkas and Cephalonia against shipping using Corinth
Covered by HM Battleships WARSPITE
and VALIANT with HM Cruiser AJAX
(Operation MAT ONE).
(Note:: This field caused loss of
escorts and transports in convoy later that day.)
with HM Sloops AUCKLAND and FLAMINGO in support of military defence of
troops and stores to Suda Bay.
to Alexandria with wounded and prisoners.
to Suda Bay with HM Destroyers NIZAM and HERO taking troops and stores.
personnel and stores and embarked 930 troops.
Took passage to Alexandria.
from Alexandria with HM Cruiser PHOEBE, HM Destroyers HOTSPUR, JACKAL and
KIMBERLEY carrying medical supplies and for final evacuation of allied
passage with 3,900 troops for return to Alexandria arriving
for support of Tobruk garrison.
(See Naval and Military Staff
Histories and above references.)
Transferred from Tobruk support for
reinforcement of Cyprus.
Deployed with HM Fast Minelayer
LATONA and embarked RAF personnel.
August Resumed support of military garrison at Tobruk with
HM Cruiser HOBART (RAN), HM
Minelaying Cruiser LATONA (sister ship), HM
Destroyer NAPIER (RAN) and HM Destroyer
for transport of Polish Army units to Tobruk and evacuated ANZAC troops
the decision to return them to Australia in view of threat of Japanese entry into hostilities
See above references.)
(Note: 6,300 Polish troops were
carried in the two cruisers.)
September Tobruk support and ferry duties in
transport duties till 22nd.
October Tobruk support in continuation.
troops were carried. in the two cruisers.
for further reinforcement of Cyprus and took passage to Beirut.
Deployed with ten destroyers for
transport of 5th Indian Division.
(Note: Total number of troops to be
carried was over 14,000.)
troop transport duties.
completion returned to Alexandria for Fleet duties.
December Deployed at Alexandria.
Nominated for transfer to Eastern
Took passage to Trincomalee.
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four minefields off east coast of South Andaman Island.
Returned to Trincomalee on
three minefields in approaches to MacPherson Strait
On departure from Port Anson grounded
and damaged port shaft.
Returned to Colombo on one
March Passage to Durban for repair.
Docked for investigation of starboard shaft
and A Bracket defects.
Local repair facilities inadequate
for permanent repair.
Temporary repair work was carried out
and permanent repair arranged in UK.
To be relieved by HM Minelaying
Cruiser MANXMAN (Sister Ship)
At Durban awaiting
arrival of relief
Took passage to UK after HMS MANXMAN arrived on station.
During passage called at Cape Town to embark
gold bullion for tranport to UK.
Refuelled at Pointe Noire, Congo where emergency repairs were effected.
Disembarked bullion in Clyde and took passage to Tyne.
Taken in hand for repair and refit at
August Under refit.
(Note: The twin 4.7in mountings
fitted on build were replaced by two twin 4" HA mountings
November fitted forward aft to improve defence against air
Radar Type 290 was installed in place
of the earlier modified RAF outfit and used a
rotating aerial. The set gave surface
and air warning but was of inferior quality.
Fire control radar was fitted for
forward main armament fire-control by Type 285 and
for Close Range weapons by
Type 282. See above reference.)
December On completion of Post refit trials resumed operation
mines at Milford Haven.
minefield off coast of Brittany near lie Vierge.
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January Transferred to Mediterranean for minelaying duties.
mines at Milford Haven and sailed for Gibraltar.
at Algiers for Mediterranean minelaying operations required by ANCXF.
first minefield off Skerki Bank in Sicilian Channel after call at Bone.
from Malta to Gibraltar to embark mines being delivered from UK by HM Minelaying
minelay off Skerki Bank after action against E-Boats.
lay in Skerki Bank and returned to Mers el Kebir to embark mines from
passage to Bone escorted by HM Destroyers LIGHTNING and LOYAL.
lay off Skerki Bank and returned to Bone to recover anchor.
from Algiers for repair in UK.
for Mediterranean after repair and having embarked full outfit of Mines,
Algiers to continue minelaying operations.
action with E-Boats.
Laid minefield off Ras Engela, NW of
March Embarked mines from HMS ADVENTURE at Mers el
out minelay on Skerki Bank covered by HMS LIGHTNING and HMS LOYAL
mines from HMS ADVENTURE and sailed for Bone to Join HMS LIGHTNING
passage to Skerki Bank engaged small convoy of landing craft on passage to Sicily
from North Africa.
Commenced minelay but ceased
operation when unknown ship detected by radar..
(Note: All but 16 mines were laid.
Escorted to Malta by HM Destroyers PAKENHAM and PALADIN.
(Note: The minefields in the Sicilian
Channel proved very successful and were responsible
for loss and damage to several enemy
three trips to Haifa to embark mines for storage in Malta for future use.
minelaying operations in Sicilian Narrows, escorted by H M Destroyers KELVIN
Field off Skerki Bank and returned to Malta.
7th Last minelay off Skerki Bank with same
11th Redeployed in Eastern Mediterranean for troop transport duties
. 14th Embarked troops in Haifa for passage to Cyprus.
transport duty in continuation.
troops at Alexandria for passage to Malta prior to planned allied
HUSKY – For details see Naval Staff History and BRITISH INVASION
by J de Winser.)
8th Sailed from Alexandria
9th Passage to Assault Area
10th Embarked Allied Naval Commander
Expeditionary Force four tour of the Assault Area
Mediterranean for support of military operations.
troops and equipment of 1st Airborne Division at Bizerta for occupation
SLAPSTICK - See above references).
9th Passage to Taranto with HM Cruisers AURORA,
PENELOPE, DIDO, SIRIUS and US
10th Soon after arrival in Taranto harbour, the protective
de-gaussing equipment had been
off, and activated recently laid ground mine.
The explosion caused extensive flooding and ship sunk within minutes with major
of the ship's company were killed and six wounded.
of the troops embarked were also killed with 120 wounded.
disaster left no fast minelayer on Mediterranean Station.