TRIBAL-Class Destroyer ordered on 10th March 1936 from Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle
under the 1935
Build Programme and laid down on 9th June that year. The ship was launched on
8th June 1937 as the 2nd
RN ship to bear this name, introduced in 1907 for a destroyer which was sold in
1919. HMS COSSACK, a sister ship was also launched at this shipyard on the same
day. Build was completed on 3rd May 1938 for a tender price of £341,462 which excluded supply of weapons and
communications outfits by
B a t t l e H
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DOVER PATROL 1914-18 - ZEEBRUGGE 1918
- NORWAY 1940
H e r a l d i c
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Badge: On a Field barry wavy, Blue and White, issuing
from the base
an Afridi’s head and shoulders affronte proper.
D e t a i l s
o f P r e - W a r S e r v i c e
1 9 3 8
29th Commissioned for
service in 1st TRIBAL Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet
3rd Build completion and
commenced Acceptance Trials.
On completion of
trials and storing took passage to Portland to work-up for service
with Flotilla as
Senior Officer’s ship.
On completion of
working-up took passage to join Flotilla at Malta.
3rd Arrived in Malta and
Deployed in Malta
July Nominated for
Non-Intervention Patrol duty off Spanish coast .
patrol and visited Barcelona and Marseilles before return to Malta
August Took part in
Mediterranean Fleet Exercise and Visits programme.
Called at Greek
September On completion of exercises
took passage to Istanbul with HM Cruiser
DEVONSHIRE and HM Destroyer COSSACK of Flotilla,
Istanbul to Alexandria. to rejoin Flotilla.
visits to Black Sea ports cancelled in view of Munich
October Deployed at Alexandria
with Mediterranean Fleet.
24th Sailed for Cyprus.
November Passage to Malta.
9th Arrived in Malta and
taken in hand for routine docking.
17th Undocked and prepared
to resume Flotilla duties.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to F07.
1 9 3 9
January Deployed in Malta with
February Passage to Gibraltar to take part in joint Exercises with ships of Home and
March Deployed for joint Fleet
exercises based at Gibraltar
were an annual event in peace-time and reintroduced in 1946.)
18th Sailed from Gibraltar
with Mediterranean Fleet ships for Spring Visits to ports
in South France.
from programme after collision with HM Cruiser PENELOPE
Passage to Malta
for repair by HM Dockyard
April Transferred with
ships of Flotilla to 4th Destroyer Flotilla as new identity.
On completion of
repair took passage to Alexandria to rejoin Flotilla.
(Note: Mediterranean Fleet had been ordered to assemble there after Italian
Albania on 7th.)
May On release from Fleet
assembly deployed with Flotilla in Eastern Mediterranean
for Fleet and
Flotilla exercises and visits programme.
26th Visited Mersa Matruh
with HM Destroyer GURKHA (i)
June Exercise and visits
programme in continuation including visits to Greek ports.
August Deployed for Fleet
exercises in Aegean with ships of Flotilla
series of exercises was carried out in anticipation of outbreak of war
deployment in Red Sea as war station.)
18th Returned to
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2nd Passage to Red Sea
via Suez Canal for surveillance duties with HM Destroyers
MOHAWK and SIKH of Flotilla.
(Note: Surveillance was required on movement of Italian ships in Red Sea
10th On release from
surveillance returned to Alexandria.
October Transferred with
Flotilla from Mediterranean Fleet for service in Home waters.
Alexandria to UK with calls at Malta and Gibraltar
service in North Sea with Humber Force based at Immingham.
(Note: Ships of
2nd Cruiser Squadron and 7th Destroyer Flotilla were based
at Immingham for
interception of German warships taking passage to
Atlantic via NW Approaches.)
Rosyth (before 23rd) in continuation of North Sea deployment including
escort between UK
(Note: ON Series
between Methil and Bergen.
HN Series between
Bergen and Methil.)
*With units of
Home Fleet searched for German ship(s) that had sunk HM Armed
RAWALPINDI on the 23rd. Erroneously believed to be pocket
DEUTSCHLAND, but actually battlecruiser SCHARNHORST.
December Rosyth-based duty in
1 9 4 0
January Owing to accumulation of
defects including leaks and problems with Turbine
from operational use for repair.
(Note: Cracks in
hull structure developed in ships of this Class due to excess
stress factors when ship was moving at high speed in
was caused to blades of steam turbines in most of
the British built
TRIBAL Class destroyers in the first months of their
were replaced at refits in 1939 and 1940)
16th Passage to West
17th Taken in hand by
February Under repair.
19th Carried out post
refit trials and on completion took passage to resume
duties in Home
April Home Fleet duties
with Flotilla in continuation.
7th Sailed from Forth as
part of destroyer screen for HM Cruisers GALATEA
and GALATEA with
HM Destroyers GURKHA (i), SIKH, MOHAWK, ZULU.
COSSACK, KASHMIR, KELVIN, Polish destroyers ORP GROM, ORP
BURZA and ORP
BLYSKAWICA to carry out search for German warships
passage in North Sea.
8th Deployed as screen
for Striking Force with same ships during sweep to the
search for German warships.
and screen ordered to join ships of Home Fleet at sea off
9th Joined Home Fleet
with Striking Force.
Detached with HM
Destroyers GURKHA (i), SIKH, MOHAWK, SOMALI,
MASHONA as screen for HM Cruisers MANCHESTER,
SHEFFIELD and SOUTHAMPTON to carry out attacks on
transports in Bergen
cancelled and took passage with same ships to rejoin Home Fleet.
decided that attack at this strength was unlikely to be
details see NAVAL OPERATIONS IN THE
NORWAY, April – June 1940. ENGAGE THE
CLOSELY by C Barnett, THE DOOMED
EXPEDITION by J
Adams and NORWAY 1940 by F Kennedy.)
and heavy air attacks during which HMS GURKHA (i) was
sunk , HM
Battleship RODNEY hit by falling aircraft with HMS
HMS GLASGOW slightly damaged by near misses.
10th Passage to Scapa Flow
to refuel and re-ammunition.
11th Sailed from Scapa
Flow with HM Destroyers SOMALI, MASHONA, SIKH,
MOHAWK as screen for HMS GLASGOW and HMS
SHEFFIELD during inshore interception on Norwegian coast northward from
12th Screen deployment
13th Deployed in search
operation by same ships for ships reported by aircraft.
support of planned landings at Namsos.
Deployed with the
six destroyers of screen to destroy enemy shipping
believed to be at
arrival the ships were found to be Norwegian. See References)
Under air attacks
Parties from the cruisers were embarked in destroyers
14th Rejoined Cruisers and
15th Deployed off Kya
Light to await arrival of troop convoy to carry out landings
16th Arrived at Lillesjona
with troopships and ferried troops ashore.
Destroyers NUBIAN, SIKH, MATABELE and MASHONA
troops from ships of MAURICE convoy.)
17th Escorted mv CHOBRY to
Namsos with HM Cruiser CURLEW and same
five TRIBAL Class
Headquarters staff controlled landings from ship.
references for details.)
Heavy air attacks
18th Passage to UK with
26th Escorted supply
convoy from UK to Andalsnes with HM Destroyers
AMAZON for support of military forces landed
SICKLE on 18th.
27th Under series of air
28th Deployed off Namsos
for support of military operations.
May Nominated for support
of evacuation of troops from Namsos.
1st Deployed with Fleet
units off Namsos pending evacuation which was
delayed to allow
military forces to disengage from shore operations.
2nd Embarked troops of
Royal Lincolnshire Regiment from shore and
to French Auxiliary Cruiser KANTARA.
Namsos to evacuate rearguard.
3rd Embarked troops of *Hallamshire
(Sheffield) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regt.
vehicles abandoned on quayside before sailing.
Took passage as
escort for returning troopships and came under series of
French destroyer BISON was hit and badly damaged.
from BISON with HM Destroyers GRENADE and *IMPERIAL
made to sink the French warship by gunfire..
by two bombs and capsized with loss of 100 lives,
survivors from BISON and 13 army personnel.
rescued by HM Destroyers IMPERIAL and *GRIFFIN.
Ship sank in
position 66.14 N, 05.45E.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
This convoy list has not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)
* ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS
With thanks to John Gritten who served on her from 23 November
1939 until her loss