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nominated at Singapore with ships of
for war service and commissioned.
for anti-submarine patrol NW of Sydney
9th - Carried out
attack on false contact with HM
Australian Destroyers VAMPIRE and
- Took passage from Sydney with HM
Australian Destroyers VENDETTA,
WATERHEN, VAMPIRE and VOYAGER to join
China Station under RN command.
- Detached with destroyers due to
weather and took passage to Brisbane.
- Sailed from Brisbane.
- Refuelled at Townsville
- Called at Darwin
- Arrived at Singapore.
for transfer to Mediterranean Fleet
during passage to
passage from Singapore with HM
Australian Destroyers VAMPIRE, VOYAGER,
and WATERHEN to join Mediterranean
- Arrived at Colombo with HMS WATERHEN.
- Sailed for Madagascar from Colombo to
HM Cruiser GLOUCESTER and French sloop RIGAULT DE GENOUILLY.
- Arrived at Aden
- Arrived in Malta for Flotilla duties.
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HMAS VENDETTA, WATERHEN, VAMPIRE and
VOYAGER with ships of Destroyer
Command in Mediterranean for Fleet and
Flotilla exercises and enforcement of
part in preparatory exercises with
Mediterranean Fleet in the
anticipation of Italian entry into war
against Britain and the Dominions.
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to I00.
in Mediterranean, based at Alexandria,
as 10th Destroyer
Flotilla. (Note: During this period the
Mediterranean Fleet was deployed to
cover passage of convoys evacuating
personnel from Malta (Operation MA3).
was abandoned after an action with
Italian destroyers during which heavy
expenditure of ammunition gave rise to
concern. See THE BATTLE FOR THE
MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre and Naval
- Sailed from Alexandria with HM
Cruisers ORION, NEPTUNE,
GLOUCESTER, LIVERPOOL and HM Australian
Cruiser SYDNEY as Force A to provide
cover for passage of convoys from Malta
which had been delayed when Operation
MA3 was abandoned. (Operation MAS)
- Under air attacks.
- Deployed ahead of major fleet units in
Forces A and B after air
search for the Italian Fleet units had
been initiated. Took part in the Battle
of Calabria. (For details see THE BATTLE
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre
and the Naval Staff History.)
- Detached from Fleet screen with HMS
GLOUCESTER, HMS NEPTUNE and ORION
and joined Convoy MSI to supplement
escort during passage from Malta to
Alexandria. (Note: This was one of the
two convoys planned for evacuation of
civilians from Malta in Operation MA3 -
- Under air attacks during which HMS
LIVERPOOL was damaged.
- Detached from MSI on arrival at
Alexandria and resumed Fleet
duties with Flotilla.
duties with Mediterranean Fleet in
continuation. (Note: During
this period Fleet units carried out
bombardments in support of the advance
army units towards Tobruk.)
- Deployed with HMAS SYDNEY, HM
Destroyers DIAMOND, JUNO and ILEX
for bombardment of seaplane base in the
Gulf of Bomba.
- Returned to Alexandria with same
ships. (Note: This attack is
reported as not being very successful.
See THE NAVAL WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
by J Greene and A Massignani.)
- Mediterranean Fleet units sailed for
Operation MB3. (Note: Part of
joint operation with
Force H to cover passage of convoys to
Malta and the transit of reinforcement
ships for service at Alexandria.
Operation HATS - See above references.)
as part of screen for major units of
Mediterranean Fleet during
provision of cover for passage of
military convoy taking troop
to Malta (Operation MB5)
- Detached from screen to return to
Alexandria after machinery
defect. During passage sighted Italian
submarine GONDAR on surface which
submerged. Carried out depth charge
attacks and later joined by an aircraft
trawler. Submarine forced to surface
after continued attacks. Crew abandoned
GONDAR which had been damaged and later
This submarine was taking Italian human
torpedoes to Alexandria for an attack
on units of Mediterranean Fleet. A
planned similar attack at Gibraltar was
cancelled but later operations by
underwater divers at both Gibraltar and
were carried out.)
- Deployed with HM Destroyers DAINTY,
DECOY, IMPERIAL, JANUS, JERVIS
JUNO, MOHAWK, VAMPIRE (RAN) and VENDETTA
as part of screen for HM Aircraft
Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS and EAGLE, HM
Battleships MALAYA, RAMILLIES, VALIANT
covering of passage of Convoy MW2 from
Egypt and Convoy ME2 from Malta
- Detached from Fleet screen on arrival
of MW2 at Malta and taken
in hand for refit.
by HM Dockyard, Malta. (Note: Midships
and after 4.7in gun mounts removed,
and replaced by close range AA weapons.
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completion of post refit trials rejoined
Flotilla for Fleet duties.
- Deployed with screen for HMS BARHAM,
HMS EAGLE and HM Cruiser
AJAX during passage to join HM Aircraft
Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS for series of air
attacks on Dodecanese (Operation MC6.
Note: This operation was cancelled after
HMS ILLUSTRIOUS had been very seriously
damaged during air attacks
on 10th January
other Mediterranean Flee units covering
passage of Convoy
ME6 during its passage to Egypt.
Operation MC4 - See above references.)
- Arrived at Alexandria with Fleet
- Deployed with HM Monitors TERROR and
EREBUS, HM River Gunboat
LADYBIRD, HMAS VOYAGER and HMAS VAMPIRE
for support of the 6th Australian
Division during attack on Tobruk.
Mediterranean deployment with Flotilla
- Deployed with HM Destroyers HASTY,
HEREWARD, ILEX, JERVIS and
VENDETTA (RAN) as screen for HMS
FORMIDABLE, HMS BARHAM, VALIANT and
provision of Distant Cover for passage
of Convoy MW6 A from Haifa and Convoy
from Alexandria (Operation MC9).
for escort of military convoys to and
from Greece. (Operation LUSTRE -
Reinforcement of allied forces in
- Part of escort for Convoy AN17 with HM
Cruisers COVENTRY, HM
Destroyer HEREWARD and HM Corvette
HYACINTH. Under air attacks.
- Deployed with HM Destroyers HASTY,
HEREWARD, ILEX, JERVIS and
VENDETTA (RAN) as part of screen for HM
Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE, HMS
BARHAM, HMS VALIANT, HMS WARSPITE, HMS
GLOUCESTER and HNM Cruiser YORK to
provide Distant Cover for passage of
Convoy MW6 to Malta (Operation MC9).
- Took passage from Matapan area to
return to Alexandria.
- Arrived at Alexandria.
- Joined HM Destroyers GREYHOUND,
GRIFFIN, HOTSPUR and HAVOCK as
Force C and sailed from Alexandria for
screening of Fleet units during
operation to intercept Italian battle
Squadron reported on passage to attack
convoys in Aegean Sea.
- Took part in engagement with Italian
units at Battle of Matapan. Sank
Italian destroyers VITTORIO ALFIERI and
GIOUSE CARDUCCI with HM Destroyers
GRIFFIN and HAVOCK. (For details see
above references and MATAPAN by SW
- On release from screening duties took
passage to Piraeus for
escort of Convoy GA9 to Egypt, with HM
Destroyers HEREWARD and GRIFFIN. (Note:
This convoy had been held at Piraeus in
view on threat from the Italian
- HM Cruiser BONAVENTURE joined escort.
Under attack by Italian
submarine AMBRA which torpedoed and sank
HMS BONAVENTURE. Carried out depth
charge attacks after detecting AMBRA but
these were unsuccessful and submarine
duties for convoy defence and Fleet
screening in continuation.
- Deployed with HM Destroyer GRIFFIN and
River Gunboat GNAT for bombardment
of Sollum in support of shore military
- Escorted HM Supply Ship GLENGYLE with
HMAS WATERHEN and HM
Cruiser COVENTRY during Commando landing
operation for raid at Bardia. (Note:
HMS GLENGYLE was later converted for
specialist use as a Landing Ship but
normally deployed as a Supply Ship in
- Present at landings at Bardia. (Note :
One source records
this was not a complete success.)
- Deployed with HMAS VOYAGER, HM
Cruisers CALCUTTA and PHOEBE as
escort for Convoy AG13 during passage to
Suda Bay, Crete for evacuation of
allied forces from Greece.
- Sailed from Suda Bay with HMS
CALCUTTA, HMAS VOYAGER, HM
Corvettes HYACINTH and SALVIA with three
mercantiles to begin the evacuation of
troops from Rafti and Nauphlia. Embarked
troops and sailed for Alexandria.
- Sailed from Alexandria with HM Cruiser
CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers
DIAMOND and GRIFFIN to join HM Cruisers
PERTH (RAN), ORION, PHOEBE and HM
Destroyer DEFENDER at Nauphlia for
- Escorted Convoy GA14 to Alexandria
with HMS CALCUTTA, HMS
COVENTRY and other destroyers.
- Arrived at Alexandria and sailed with
HMAS VENDETTA, HMS
GREYHOUND and other destroyers as escort
for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE to
cover passage of Convoy GA15 during
passage from Greece with evacuated
- Returned to Alexandria after arrival
- Deployed with HM Sloops AUCKLAND and
FLAMINGO HMAS VAMPIRE and
HMAS WATERHEN as escort for Convoy AN30
to Suda Bay. Detached and returned to
Alexandria for repair after machinery
- Deployed as escort for Convoy ANF30
with HMAS VENDETTA during
passage from Alexandria to Suda Bay.
- Joined HM Cruiser ORION with HMAS
VENDETTA as escort for passage
to Alexandria from Suda Bay. (Note: HMS
ORION had £7M of Greek Gold Reserves on
- Passage to Crete from Alexandria to
assist in evacuation of
- Joined Mediterranean Fleet ships south
of Crete with HMAS
VENDETTA and HMAS WATERHEN. Took part in
search for survivors from HM Cruiser
FIJI which had been sunk in air attacks
off Crete on 22nd. (Note: Rescue of
survivors following sinking of both HM
Cruisers FIJI and GLOUCESTER in heavy
and sustained air attacks had been
impossible due to threat of further air
- Deployed with HM Destroyer JAGUAR as
escort for HM Supply Ship
GLENROY during passage from Alexandria
to Timbakion, Crete to land troops.
- Under air attacks during which HMS
GLENROY was hit by bombs, set
on fire and had to be abandoned. Landing
operation cancelled and returned to
- On arrival detached from Fleet
screening duties for support of
military operation in Syria (Operation
- Sailed from Alexandria with HMS
DEFENDER and HMS JAGUAR to
supplement existing naval forces
deployed off Syria.
- Joined RN ships operating off Syria.
off Syria for interception patrols and
support of the army
units ashore (Operation EXPORTER. Note:
Deployed with HM Cruiser LEANDER to
reinforce Mediterranean Fleet cruisers
and destroyers providing support and
interception of any Vichy surface ships
or submarines warship attempting to
interfere with operation. Other ships
involved included HM Cruiser COVENTRY,
HMS GLENGYLE, HM Destroyers JANUS,
JAVELIN, HOTSPUR, KIMBERLEY, GRIFFIN,
KANDAHAR and NIZAM.)
- Carried out patrol and escort duties.
- Returned to Alexandria on release from
EXPORTER. Nomination for
service with Flotilla for support of
British garrison at Tobruk. Deployed
HM Australian Destroyers VENDETTA,
VOYAGER and WATERHEN, HM Australian
PARRAMATTA and HM Sloop AUCKLAND for
transport of personnel and stores to
Tobruk and Mersa Matruh. (Note: HMAS
WATERHEN and HMS AUCKLAND were sunk
sustained air attacks which were a
feature of this dangerous duty.
- Carried out first supply trip to
- Final supply trip to Tobruk.
- Returned to Alexandria. Nominated for
return to Australia for
repair and refit.
- Took passage to Australia on release
from Mediterranean Fleet
in Indian Ocean after calls at Aden and
at Williamstown Naval Dockyard.
- Arrived at Fremantle with only one
- Arrived at Williamstown, Victoria and
taken in hand for refit and
for conversion as an Escort Destroyer
refit and conversion.
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and conversion. During this conversion A
gun mounting forward was removed and
replaced by HEDGEHOG anti-submarine
mortar weapon mounting. Surface warning
radar Type 271 and Surface/Air warning
Type 286P were fitted. (For details of
these equipments see SEEK AND STRIKE by
W. HACKMANN and RADAR AT SEA by
of post refit trials deployed for
training duties in Australian waters and
local convoy defence.
for support of military operations in SW
ammunition ship to Noumea, New Hebrides.
- Arrived at Milne Bay, New Hebrides
with convoy from Australia.
- Passage from Milne Bay with convoy and
transferred to inward
- Returned to Milne Bay.
- Embarked troops for passage to
Normanby Island for capture of
Japanese survivors from destroyer YOYOI
which had been attacked and sunk by
RAAF on 16th (or 11th?).
- Returned to Milne Bay with troops and
defence and support duties in
continuation. Passage to Milne Bay
for support operation.
- Deployed with HM Australian Destroyer
ARUNTA for transport of
troops to Goodenough Island, north of
- Landed troops and took return passage
to Milne Bay. (Note: Island
was deserted. See WAR WITH JAPAN
from support duties and
returned to Australia.
for training duties.
local convoy escort and patrol duties in
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Local Australian deployment in continuation.
for conversion into use as a troop
transport for support of military
in SW Pacific.
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conversion for new
role. (Note: This included provision of
refrigerated storage to enable a supply
of perishables to be provided to troops
in SW Pacific.)
in SW Pacific.
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role in continuation.
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