1 9 3 9
for minelaying duties.
3rd On passage to Singapore from Hong Kong after
4th Commenced lay of defensive minefield
17th Completed minelay. Retained at Singapore as minelayer.
for minelaying duties at Singapore.
to A/S role after conversion at Singapore.
at Singapore on local escort and patrol
1 9 4 0
January Singapore duties in continuation
to (Note: RN ships on the China Station were used for surveillance of German ships
December especially in Dutch East
Indies ports. After commerce raider activities
extended into the Indian Ocean additional trade defence
were carried out by cruisers and destroyers in the Malaya
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett)
1 9 4 1
January Trade defence duties with Malaya Force in
for service with Force Z.
3rd Part of escort for HM Battlecruiser
REPULSE and HM Battleship PRINCE
WALES as Force Z with HM Destroyers
EXPRESS, ELECTRA and
5th Deployed as escort for HMS REPULSE
with HMAS VAMPIRE for passage
6th Returned to Singapore when Japanese
invasion force reported in Gulf of Siam.
8th Sailed from Singapore with Force Z
as part of escort.
9th Detached to transmit radio request for
10th In action with
Japanese aircraft locking for Force Z.
damage and returned to Singapore.
(Note: Ships of Force Z came under heavy high level and
torpedo air attacks
and HMS PRINCE OF WALES and HMS REPULSE were both sunk.
Naval Staff History and THE HUNTING OF FORCE Z by R Hough.
1 9 4 2
Western Striking Force with HM Destroyer SCOUT and escorted convoys
2nd Rescued survivors from ss NORAH MULLER with HM Australian Cruiser HOBART
during escort of convoy to Tanjong
26th Escorted HM Cruisers HOBART (RAN),
DRAGON and DANAE from Tanjong
Priok for the
interception of Japanese invasion force heading towards Java.
Returned to base after failing to find the Japanese ships.
OPERATION PACIFIC by E Grey).
1st Transferred to
join Fleet in
Ceylon and escorted
April At Colombo.
5th Sunk in Colombo harbour
during Japanese air attack.
of Ship's Company lost their lives.