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Australian waters for anti-submarine
- Carried out patrol off Fremantle
with HM Cruiser SYDNEY (RAN) and HM
Destroyer VOYAGER (RAN).
Admiralty request to join RN ships at
passage from Fremantle to Sydney to
prepare for RN service based at
Singapore. Sailed to Singapore for
service on China
Station. (Note : The Australian
destroyers STUART, VENDETTA, VOYAGER
WATERHEN were also transferred.)
Singapore cancelled and ship required
to join the Fleet in the
passage from Singapore to Colombo
with HMAS VOYAGER to join HM Cruiser
KENT and French cruiser SUFFREN in
search for commerce raider GRAF SPEE
in Indian Ocean.
Hunting Group took passage to joined
the Fleet in Malta.
- Arrived in Malta via Suez Canal and
joined Mediterranean Fleet as part of
19th Division with HMAS STUART
(Leader), VENDETTA, VOYAGER and
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Division deployment for
contraband control and exercises with
newly formed 10th Destroyer Flotilla
with RAN ships and HM Destroyers
DAINTY, DECOY and DEFENDER of
Fleet exercises prior to outbreak of
war with Italy.
cover with HM Destroyer VOYAGER (RAN)
for convoys to and from the
with screen for HM Battleship MALAYA
and WARSPITE, HM Aircraft Carrier
EAGLE and ships of 7th Cruiser
during passage from Alexandria for
offensive sweep in Aegean Sea.
- Detached from screen and joined
ships of Flotilla at Alexandria for
anti-submarine patrol during which two
Italian minefields were located.
out further patrol off Alexandria with
Flotilla and engaged in gun action
with Italian submarine in
process of minelaying. Submarine was
damaged but further pursuit deterred
by existence of mines.
with HM Destroyer GARLAND as escort
for HM Cruiser CALEDON for passage to
join escort for convoy to Greece.
and joined incoming convoy to Port
Said as escort.
Fleet screening duties.
with HM Destroyers DAINTY, DEFENDER,
HASTY, HOSTILE, HYPERION, ILEX,
IMPERIAL, JANUS, JUNO and VOYAGER
(RAN) as screen for HM
Battleships MALAYA, ROYAL SOVEREIGN,
WARSPITE, HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE,
HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER, LIVERPOOL,
NEPTUNE, ORION and SYDNEY (RAN) to
provide cover for transit of Convoys
MF1 and MF2 from Malta (Operation
MA5. Note: These convoys were
supply ships carrying naval stores and
some passenger ships evacuating
civilians from Malta. An earlier
operation had been cancelled after the
warships involved had expended huge
quantities of ammunition in an
engagement with Italian warships and
to return to Alexandria. See MALTA
CONVOYS by R Woodman, THE BATTLE FOR
THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre and
THE NAVAL WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN by
J Greene and A
- Took part
in brief engagement with Italian
of Calabria – See references.)
and joined Slow Convoy MS1 with HMS
DECOY and HMAS VOYAGER as escort for
passage to Port Said.
in escort by HMS JANUS after
sustaining damage from near miss in an
air attack. One man was killed by
splinters. Took passage independently
with HM Cruiser ORION and HMAS
a diversionary operation during
passage of landing ships from
Alexandria for simulated assault at
HMS ORION, HM Auxiliaries FIONA and
out bombardment during simulated
landing operation (Note: Enemy shore
defences did not react.)
passage to Alexandria with
Mediterranean Fleet ships.
with HM Destroyers GARLAND, DECOY,
MOHAWK, NUBIAN and VENDETTA as screen
HMS EAGLE, HMS MALAYA, HMS WARSPITE,
HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER, KENT,
LIVERPOOL and ORION to provide Distant
Cover for passage of Convoy MS2 during
passage to Malta and passage of
reinforcement warships to join Fleet
at Alexandria from western
Mediterranean (Operation MB3. Note :
This was part of Operation HATS
involving ships of
Force H from Gibraltar.
- Part of
screen for major units of reinforced
Fleet during passage from Malta to
at Alexandria with Fleet units after
an air attack on Rhodes by HM Aircraft
- At Port
Taufik for routine docking
Flotilla duties at Alexandria.
including convoy escort in
with HM Destroyers DAINTY, DECOY,
IMPERIAL, JANUS, JERVIS, JUNO, MOHAWK,
STUART and VAMPIRE in screen for HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS, HMS EAGLE, HMS MALAYA,
HMS RAMILLIES, HMS VALIANT, HMS
HM Cruisers AJAX, GLOUCESTER,
LIVERPOOL, ORION, SYDNEY and YORK to
provide Distant Cover during passage
of Convoy MF3 from Egypt and MF4 from
attack by Italian destroyers during
which HMS AJAX hit and disabled the
Italian ARTIGLIERE. Rescued survivors
from ARTIGLIERE after it had been sunk
by HMS YORK. (See above references for
details of this engagement.
attack by torpedo aircraft during
which HMS LIVERPOOL was damaged.
Detached to screen HMS LIVERPOOL
during passage under tow by HMS ORION.
cleaning at Alexandria with
Flotilla duties and deployed with HMAS
VOYAGER as screen for HMS MALAYA
during offensive patrol in Kaso Strait
as cover for passage of convoy.
return sailed with HM Netlayer
PROTECTOR, HMAS VOYAGER and HMAS
WATERHEN as escort for first military
convoy to Crete.
at Suda Bay.
with HM Cruisers COVENTRY, CARLISLE,
DAINTY, DIAMOND, VOYAGER (RAN) and
(RAN) to escort Convoy AN6 during
passage to Crete (Note : The passage
of this convoy was part of a major
Fleet movement to pass convoys to
and from Malta (ME3) as well as to
cover the passage of warships from
the western Mediterranean to reinforce
Fleet based at Alexandria (Operation
COAT) - See above references.)
to Malta to join Convoy ME3 as escort
during passage to from Malta to Port
ME3 in Malta with HM Battleship
RAMILLIES, HMS COVENTRY, HM Destroyers
DECOY, DEFENDER and WATERHEN.
air attack during which HMS DECOY was
from ME3 and resumed Fleet duties with
Flotilla. Transferred with ships of
Flotilla for support of military
operations (Note: During following
week under persistent air raids whilst
Force B with HMAS VENDETTA, VOYAGER
for duty in Inshore Squadron for
bombardment of coastal positions in
support of the military offensive.
(Note : Inshore Squadron also included
Force A - HM Monitor TERROR, HM River
Gunboats APHIS, LADYBIRD and GNAT,
Force C - HM Battleships BARHAM and
MALAYA, and Force
D - HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE with
Sollum prior to planned bombardment of
Bardia with HMAS VENDETTA and HMAS
passage to Alexandria when bombardment
cancelled due to sandstorm in target
from Alexandra with HM Monitor TERROR,
HMAS VENDETTA, VOYAGER and WATERHEN as
Inshore Squadron to carry out
bombardments of retreating
Italian army units on North African
to give cover for ships of Inshore
Squadron during bombardment.
passage to Alexandria.
- Taken in
hand for machinery repairs.
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with HMAS STUART, VENDETTA and VOYAGER
screen for HMS EAGLE and HMS BARHAM
for attacks on Dodecanese islands.
passage to Alexandria after planned
on arrival and resumed Flotilla
naval gunfire support from inside
harbour during attack on Tobruk by 6th
out unsuccessful search for Italian
cruiser SAN GIORGI off Tobruk.
Italian schooner carrying lubricating
- RAN ships
visited by Australian Prime Minister.
passage to Benghazi to carry out
clearance of obstructions preventing
discharge of cargoes.
at Benghazi and on completion took
passage to Bardia.
HMS TERROR to Tobruk from Bardia.
Alexandria. On arrival took
passage to escort of military convoy
Piraeus to Egypt.
military convoys to and from Greece in
continuation (Operation LUSTRE)
Convoy AG3 to Piraeus.
Convoy AN27 to Piraeus and AS26 from
Greece with HM Sloop AUCKLAND.
from Alexandria with HMS AUCKLAND and
KIMBERLEY as escort for Convoy AG15 to
on arrival and took passage to assist
in the evacuation of allied troops
HM Cruisers CALCUTTA, COVENTRY, HM
Destroyers STUART, VENDETTA and
WATERHEN for escort of Convoy GA14
from Nauphlia to Alexandria.
arrival deployed with screen for HMS
FORMIDABLE and other ships of
Mediterranean Fleet to provide cover
for passage of Convoy GA15 from coast
to Alexandria after diversions for
support of evacuation.
with HMAS STUART, HM Sloops AUCKLAND
as escort for Convoy AN30 from
Alexandria to Suda Bay for collection
of troops evacuated from Greece.
with HMAS VOYAGER as escort for Convoy
AS30 on passage from Suda Bay to
Inshore Squadron duties and embarked
stores and supplies for transit to
from Tobruk support because of
increase in defect
rate, particularly propulsion
from RN deployment in Mediterranean.
passage from Alexandria for refit at
Singapore, via Red Sea.
- Taken in
hand for refit by HM Dockyard at
of post refit trials remained at
convoy defence duties.
to Force G, Eastern Fleet
from Singapore with HM Destroyer
TENEDOS as escort for HM Battlecruiser
REPULSE during passage to Darwin.
to Singapore with HMS REPULSE after
Japanese convoys reported in Gulf of
with HM Destroyers TENEDOS, ELECTRA
as screen for HMS REPULSE and HM
Battleship PRINCE OF WALES as Force Z
to intercept Japanese invasion Fleet
covering landings on east coast of
- Report of
sighting Japanese aircraft ignored.
attack by Japanese high level bombers
but unable to carry out effective fire
due to poor AA armament. HMS REPULSE
and HMS PRINCE OF WALES were
subsequently overwhelmed by bomb and
torpedo attacks and sunk. (See THE
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton, THE
SINKING OF FORCE Z by R Hough and WAR
(HMSO).) Rescued 225 survivors from
the two major warships and returned
for cover of minelaying operation off
with HM Cruisers DRAGON and DURBAN as
for troopships during passage from
Singapore to Colombo.
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with HM Destroyers ENCOUNTER and
joined HM Cruisers DURBAN, EXETER and
HM Sloop JUMNA (RIN) in escort of
military convoy DM1 during passage
from Addu Atoll to Singapore with
reinforcement troops from UK
from DM1 on arrival at Singapore.
to ABDA Command for convoy escort.
WAR WITH JAPAN).
Convoy MS2A from Ratan Bay with HMS
with HM Destroyer THANET with air
cover for the interception of Japanese
convoy off Endai, east coast of
Malaya. (Note : Japanese force
SENDAI with six destroyers and five
Japanese destroyer SHIRAYUKI and fired
unsuccessfully. Under heavy return
fire but able to escape unscathed.
(Note: HMS THANET was sunk in this
with HM Sloop YARRA (RAN) as escort
for convoy during passage from
Singapore to Sunda Straits.
at Sunda Strait and took passage to
with HMS EXETER and HMS JUPITER as
two transports on passage from Batavia
military convoy DM2 and Convoy BM12
Ocean with HMS JUPITER and joined HM
Cruiser DANAE, Dutch cruiser JAVA, HM
Sloop SUTLEJ (RIN), and HMAS YARRA for
escort to Batavia.
on arrival at Batavia.
as escort for mercantile convoy on
passage from Tandjong Priok to
at Colombo. Joined Eastern Fleet.
with HM Destroyers EXPRESS, NIZAM, HM
HOLLYHOCK as screen for HM Battleship
ROYAL SOVEREIGN, HM Cruiser CORNWALL
and HM Armed Merchant Cruiser MANOORA
(RAN) for escort of military convoy
SU1 during Indian Ocean passage. (Note
: This convoy was taking troops
returning to Australia from the
SU1 to prepare for planned landings in
Madagascar and took passage to Ceylon.
deployment in continuation.
from Trincomalee with HM Aircraft
Carrier HERMES, HM Corvette HOLLYHOCK,
HM Auxiliary Minelayer TEVIOT BANK and
RFA Tanker PEAR LEAF to avoid
impending air attack on Ceylon from
Japanese aircraft carriers.
sighting by Japanese aircraft,
provision of air cover from shore
delayed by failure of communications
in Ceylon. Both ships came under
attack. HMS HERMES
was the initial target and sank
after several bomb hits. Subsequently
ship under heavy attacks and broke in
several hits and near misses. One
aircraft reported destroyed. (See WAR
WITH JAPAN for details.). Captain and
seven others of ship's company were
killed. Hospital ship VITA near by,
whose immunity was respected and which
was not attacked,
rescued the survivors from both