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trials and commissioning for service with
2nd Tribal Destroyer Flotilla. Home Fleet
Build completion and
commenced Acceptance Trials.
Worked-up at Portland
on completion of trials.
(Note: Transferred to re-designated
6th Destroyer Flotilla which also included
BEDOUIN, MATABELE, PUNJABI, TARTAR
deployment in continuation
to assist in rescue operations in Liverpool
after sinking of HM Submarine THETIS
after build completion.
On release from
the unsuccessful rescue work resumed
to Devonport for repair
Taken in hand for
repair of defects by HM Dockyard,
Resumed Flotilla duties with Home Fleet on
completion of trials and took passage to Scapa
t a i l s o
f W a r S e r v i c
(for more ship
Naval History Homepage
type name in Site Search)
with Flotilla at designated war station at Scapa
Flow for screening of major warships,
blockade runners and commerce raiders with
Fleet duties with Flotilla in
Deployed with Screen for Home Fleet ships
during search for German SCHARNHORST and
after sinking of HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
for repair of defects
Taken in hand for
repair at Govan by Alexander Stephens.
(Note: In common with other TRIBAL
Class destroyers extensive leaking had been
due to high
speed operations in heavy weather
For details of naval activities in
Home Waters in 1939 see the Naval Staff
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Resumed Flotilla duties in Home Fleet and
took passage to Scapa
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duties with Home Fleet in continuation
Deployed for escort of
convoys to and from Norway
and Fleet screening.
(Note: Ships of
Flotilla were carrying out patrol and convoy
defence in North
with HMS MOHAWK for escort of rms
QUEEN ELIZABETH during
on maiden voyage to New
took passage to resume North
duties based at Rosyth for convoy defence.
Deployed with HMS SOMALI, HMS MATABELE
and HMS MASHONA as escort for
HN24 during passage from Norway
Joined HM Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH,
MOHAWK, ZULU, COSSACK,
KASHMIR and KELVIN Polish Destroyers ORP GROM and
for ON24 in screen for Cruisers GALATEA and
ARETHUSA carrying out
of 58.30N 3.30E for German warships reported
on passage in northern North
(TARTAR, with MASHONA, MATABELE, SOMALI
may instead of have joined Adm Forbe's
force on the 7th)
Search abandoned and rejoined ships of
Home Fleet also deployed for this operation.
detached with the three Polish destroyers to
escort Convoy HN25 during its passage
after escaping before German invasion troops
Rejoined Home Fleet units for operations
in support of planned allied landings
for escort of damaged cruiser HMS SUFFOLK
during passage to Scapa
Resumed deployment with Home Fleet units
and carried out inshore patrols to
(Note: HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
MOHAWK, SOMALI, SIKH and NUBIAN were also
returned to replenish or for convoy defence
Took part in evacuation of allied troops
from Andalsnes and Molde with HM Destroyers
SOMALI, MASHONA and HM
Auxiliary AA Ship ULSTER
and sustained air attacks.
to Mole to embark Captain Denny and staff
of the disastrous Norwegian campaign and the
heavy price paid in losses and
RN ships, see NARVIK by D MacIntryre,
THE DOOMED EXPEDITION
by J Adams,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and the Naval
Took passage from
Andalsnes to Harstad.
Resumed Home Fleet
duties for defence of inward support and
evacuation convoys based at Harstad.
Passage to Scapa
Pennant Number for
visual signalling Purposes changed to G43.
of escort for HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL
during flying operations off Norway
Deployed with HM Destroyers MASHONA, BEDOUIN
as screen for HM
Battleship VALIANT to
cover passage of Group I of final
Detached from Group I with HMS VALIANT
and ships of screen to cover return passage
Took part in unsuccessful Home Fleet search
for GNEISENAU and SCHARNHORST after sinking
of HM Aircraft
Returned to Scapa
and resumed Flotilla duties.
At Faeroes with HMS
MASHONA to seize Swedish destroyers ROMULUS
ships had been purchased from Italy
and were on passage to Sweden.
intense diplomatic activity they were later
returned to Sweden
Returned to Scapa
with Flotilla for Home Fleet screening and
Under repair to rudder
equipment by Cammell Laird shipyard.
Resumed Flotilla duties in Home Fleet
Extensive anti-invasion deployments were
made during this period and
Deployed as part of escort for ships of
Force H during Atlantic passage to UK
Escorted HM Cruiser FIJI which had been
damaged in an attack
by U32 off Shetland whilst on
other warships for a Free French attack on Freetown.
HMS ANTELOPE was also
Deployed as escort for ships of 1st
Squadron during minelay in Northern
SN14 - See Naval Staff History (Mining) for
to Devonport for refit
Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard,
(Note: Work including repair to feed
water leaks (See above) and replacement of
in X position by twin 4in HA mounting to
improve AA defence.)
(Note: One source records delay in
completion due to sabotage of electric
Passage to resume Flotilla Home Fleet
duties at Scapa
as Leader of 4th Destroyer
On arrival at Scapa
Flow carried out trials with prototype radar
One source quotes Type 74X which does not
exist. It may have been an early trial
Fire-control Radar Type 284 in HM Battleship
KING GEORGE V.
See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
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Deployed as escort for HM Cruisers ARETHUSA
and AURORA with ships of Flotilla for
sweep and minelay by HM Destroyers INTREPID
and ICARUS off Egersund.
(Operation DZ - This was failed after
destroyer in the escort opened fire on
Nominated for escort of minelayers with
ships of Home Fleet during planned minelay
(Operation EA - This was cancelled
due to adverse weather conditions.)
Deployed with HM Destroyers SOMALI, BEDOUIN
and ESKIMO as escort for HM Landing
Ships (Infantry) PRINCESS EMMA and
PRINCESS BEATRIX during passage to Lofoten
Islands for raid
by 3 and 4 Commando as Task Force REBEL.
(Operation CLAYMORE - For details
see THE WATERY
MAZE by B Fergusson.)
Provided support during
Intercepted trawler KREBS off Svolvser
and placed boarding party on board. The
and supporting documentation were recovered
and later used by the Bletchley
to assist in decryption. (See
BREAKING THE ENIGMA by D Khan and
DURING WW2 (Ed Hinsley
for further details.)
Deployed at Scapa
Flow for Home Fleet Flotilla duties
Fleet duties including screening of major
units during unsuccessful search for German
and GNEISENAU in NW Approaches.
for Atlantic convoy defence
Part of escort for mv
BRITANNIC with HM Battleship RODNEY, HM
MASHONA and SOMALI
during passage in NW Approaches from Clyde.
Detached from escort with HMS MASHONA and
HMS SOMALI as screen
during search operation by Home Fleet ships
for German battleship
after the sinking of HM Battlecruiser
Detached from HMS RODNEY screen when weather
conditions made it impossible to
Present at sinking
For details of search and sinking
see Naval Staff History, PURSUIT by
L Kennedy and BATTLESHIP
BISMARCK by Mullenheim
During return passage to Scapa
Flow with HMS MASHONA came under heavy air
100 miles west of Ireland
during which HMS MASHONA was hit and
After the stricken vessel capsized rescued
14 officers and 215 ratings and landed
Flotilla duties with Home Fleet
for Home Fleet operations to capture German
weather ship to obtain
ENIGMA coding machine
and associated documentation (Operation
Part of escort for HM Cruiser NIGERIA
with HMS BEDOUIN during passage from
Flow to area of Jan Mayen
Island to capture German trawler in order to
Sighted trawler LAUENBERG boarded vessel
which was being scuttled.
documentation could be recovered before
vessel sank (See above reference).
Nominated for investigation
of use of Spitzbergen
as a fuelling base for escorts of
Deployed with HM Cruisers AURORA,
and HMS PUNJABI
to carry out reconnaissance
of anchorage for future use.
Visited Russian settlement
with HMS PUNJABI.
Evacuated Russian nationals and destroyed
weather station on Bear Island.
Passage to Scapa
after landing Russian passengers.
Returned to Scapa
Flow with HMS NIGERIA and HMS PUNJABI.
during visit to Scapa
by HM King George VI and demonstration
Part of Home Fleet destroyer escort for HM
Battleship PRINCE OF WALES
with Prime Minister Winston Churchill
(Note: Prime Minister had been attending
the Atlantic Charter meeting with US
Embarked Prime Minister from HMS PRINCE OF
WALES in Clyde
and took him to
for his return to London.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ANTELOPE,
ECLIPSE and ICARUS as
HMS AURORA and HMS NIGERIA escorting ss
and RFA OLIGARCH to Spitzbergen
for establishment of garrison
On release from Spitzbergen
operation escorted EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA to
taking Russian miners and Norwegian
Landed Russians and took passage
as escort for EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA with
Norwegians still on board and joined
other GAUNTLET ships during passage
HMS NIGERIA and HMS AURORA carried out an
attack on a coastal convoy
period and sank the minelayer BREMSE.)
Date of completion of GAUNTLET deployment
to be confirmed.)
Taken in hand for refit
by Green and Silley
Weir, Royal Albert Dock.
Work carried out included removal of
original mainmast to improve gunnery arcs,
after funnel, resiting
depth charge positions and installation of
285 gunnery radar for
main armament fire-control.)
Passage to Scapa
Flow on completion of post refit trials
Resumed Home Fleet
service as Leader 6th Flotilla.
Fleet deployment for screening, patrol and
convoy defence in continuation.
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for support and escort of Russian convoys
with Home Fleet ships
For details of all Russian convoy operations
see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA
RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield,
CONVOY 1 by P Kemp
Part of escort for
Russian Convoy PQ7B with HM Destroyer
Detached from PQ7B.
Joined return convoy QP5 as escort for part
of passage to Iceland
with HM Cruiser
and HMS ICARUS.
Detached from QP5.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
BEDOUIN, ECHO, ECLIPSE, FAULKNOR,
FURY, GROVE, ICARUS, INCONSTANT,
INTREPID, JAVELIN, LANCASTER,
LEDBURY, LOOKOUT, ONSLOW, PUNJABI,
WELLS and WOOLSTON as
HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and DUKE OF YORK,
HM Aircraft Carrier
VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers KENYA and
BERWICK to provide Distant Cover for passage
Convoys PQI2, PQ13 and returning QP9.
Resumed Flotilla duties.
Joined HM Destroyers FAULKNOR, BEDOUIN
and ESKIMO as screen for units of
Home Fleet during
unsuccessful search for German battleship
TIRPITZ in North
to forward gun mounting due to high speed
operations in rough weather.
Returned to Scapa
with Fleet units.
Carried out patrol for shipping attacks in
Bodo area with
HM Destroyers FURY.
INTREPID, ICARUS, ESKIMO
Deployed with HM Destroyers ECHO, ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ESCAPADE, ESKIMO,
FAULKNOR, FORESIGHT, ICARUS, INGLEFIELD,
MIDDLETON, ONSLOW, PUNJABI and WHEATLAND
as screen for HMS KING
GEORGE V, DUKE OF YORK, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, HMS VICTORIOUS,
HM Cruiser EDINBURGH and HM Cruiser
to provide Distant Cover for passage
Convoy PQ13 and return convoy QP9.
(Note: These convoys had an enlarged
protection because of the increased threat
cruisers SCHEER and HIPPER now joined by the
for repair to damage and refit in commercial
Taken in hand by Brigham
and Cowan shipyard.
repair and refit
Resumed Home Fleet duties on completion
of post refit trials.
duties with Home Fleet at Scapa
for screening and patrol in continuation.
for detached service for support of Malta
Sailed from Clyde
as part of escort for military convoys
WS21 (Operation PEDESTAL).
Detached to refuel at Gibraltar and rejoined on completion.
Deployed with HM Destroyers LAFOREY,
LIGHTNING, LOOKOUT, QUENTIN,
ESKIMO, SOMALI, WISHART, ANTELOPE,
ITHURIEL as screen for HM Battleships NELSON
HM Aircraft Carriers
EAGLE, INDOMITABLE and VICTORIOUS, HM
CHARYBDIS to provide
cover against surface
attack on the convoy.
Under air and submarine
attacks after sighting by Italian
HMS EAGLE was torpedoed by U73.)
Under further air and
Carried out depth
charge attacks which drove off Italian
Drove off attack
by Italian submarine EMO with HMS LOOKOUT.
During air attacks that evening both
HMS INDOMITABLE and HMS FORESIGHT,
and put out of action.
Took damaged destroyer in tow and
detached for passage to Gibraltar.
(For Details of passage of PEDESTAL
convoy see PEDESTAL by P Smith, MALTA
CONVOYS by R Woodman, ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and the
Naval Staff History.)
attack by U73.
HMS FORESIGHT 13 miles SW of Galita
Island and took passage
Passage to Scapa
Flow with other Home Fleet ships detached for
with Flotilla at Scapa
for Home Fleet duties
Part of Fighting Escort for Russian Convoy
PQ18 with HM Cruiser SCYLLA, HM
ESKIMO, FAULKNOR, FURY, IMPULSIVE, INTREPID,
MARTIN, METEOR, MILNE, OFFA, ONSLOW,
OPPORTUNE and SOMALI..
HM Submarines also carried out
anti-submarine escort duties. See
Detached from PQ18 with HMS SCYLLA, HM
Aircraft Carrier AVENGER,
HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
ESKIMO, FAULKNOR, FURY, INTREPID, MARNE,
METEOR, MILNE, OFFA ONSLAUGHT, ONSLOW,
WHEATLAND and WILTON.
Joined return convoy QP14 as Fighting
Detached from QP14
having remained with convoy after Home
Fleet escorts left.
for detached service in support of planned
allied landings hi North
Passage to Gibraltar
as escort for military convoy.
to prepare for support of Operation TORCH.
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and Naval
Deployed for screening of Fleet units and
convoy defence during landings and follow-up
6th Destroyer Flotilla after landings for
Nominated for service at Algiers
with Force Q
with Force Q for interception of enemy
supply convoys to North
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screen for cruisers of Force Q during
interception patrols and defence of coastal
convoys between Algerian
ports. Under air
for service at Mers-el-Kebir
for defence of anchorage
against anticipated attacks
This form of attacks had already been used
against ships at Alexandria
No craft were sighted during this period and
resumed Force Q
Force Q deployment
Carried out attack on E-Boats near Marrettimo,
Deployed with other destroyers of
Mediterranean Fleet for blockade
area to intercept
to evacuate enemy personnel from Tunisia
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
and the Naval Staff History.)
Transferred to Malta
with Force Q for support
of planned invasion of Pantellaria.
out bombardment of shore positions n Pantellaria
Joined HM Cruisers AURORA and NEWFOUNDLAND
with HM Destroyers LAFOREY,
LOOKOUT, JERVIS, NUBIAN, TROUBRIDGE and
WHADDON to cover attack on
Deployed as Guardship
of naval occupation party.
release from Guardship
duty embarked senior officer for
passage to Djidjelli,
for support of planned allied landings in Sicily
details see above references and THE NAVAL
WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
by J Greene and A
Deployed with Support
Force East for escort of assault convoys
and support of landings.
gunfire support and patrols against surface
and submarine attack on ships
During support deployment took part in
of 200 survivors from Hospital Ship TALAMBA
sunk by German
air attack off beach head.
Sank ammunition ship BAARN which was on fire
after air attacks.
Took damaged destroyer HMS ESKIMO in tow to
ESKIMO had sustained major damage and
and patrol duties off Sicily
Nominated for support of
planned allied invasion of Italian
Provided naval gunfire support during
with HMS NELSON, HMS
HM Cruiser ORION, HM Destroyers OFFA,
QUILLIAM, TYRIAN, TROUBRIDGE and Polish
for support of allied landings at Salerno
Passage to Salerno
area to join Northern Attack Force as
part of Task Force 89.
Deployed with HM Destroyers LAFOREY, LOOKOUT
and LOYAL of 19th Destroyer
Flotilla for gunfire
support and defensive patrol duties off
Provided gunfire support
during German counter-attack.
Under attacks by
radio-controlled glider bombs.
Support and patrol duties off west
coast of Italy
Nominated for return
Passage to Gibraltar.
Sailed from Gibraltar.
in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
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Nominated for service
in Plymouth Command on completion.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
ESKIMO, JAVELIN, HAIDA (RCN) and
HURON (RCN) as Leader of 10th Destroyer Flotilla
deployed in Plymouth Command
patrols against coastal shipping of French
coast (Operation TUNNEL
Series) and convoy defence. (See
HOLD THE NARROW
by P Smith.)
Deployed with Flotilla for TUNNEL strike
against German warships reported as escort
submarine on passage to Brest.
No interception was made as enemy ships
remained close to coast.)
Deployed with HM Cruiser BELLONA as Force
26 and provided cover for operations
craft in defence of Convoy WP429 against
E-Boat attacks off Lands End.
Deployment at Plymouth
for TUNNEL operations and convoy defence
Extensive training exercises in preparation
for allied landings in Norway
out in Plymouth Command and cover for these
was provided by
when any enemy threat was anticipated. This
ship was not involved
in the disastrous
TIGER Exercise in Lyme
when several US Landing Ships
Nominated with HMS BELLONA to provide
cover for minelaying operations off French
HM Minelaying Cruiser APOLLO as part of
preparations for allied landings in
(HOSTILE series of Operations.
See Naval Staff History (Mining) for
Deployed with HMS BELLONA and HMS APOLLO
as escort for passage and execution of
west of Ushant
(Operation HOSTILE 32)
This operation had been abandoned earlier
after escort opened fire on HMS APOLLO.)
Escorted HMS APOLLO with HMS BELLONA and
ships of Flotilla for repeat minelay north
(Operation HOSTILE 33).
HMS BELLONA withdrew due to threat of
Escorted HMS APOLLO with ships of Flotilla
for repeat minelay in Ile
(Operation HOSTILE 34).
Escorted HMS APOLLO with HMCS HURON covered
by Coastal Command
aircraft for final
landings (Operation HOSTILE 40)
for support of allied landings in Normandy
(Note: For details of naval activities
prior to and during landings see OPERATION
by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY
Deployed with ships of Flotilla in western
approaches to English
landings or passage of convoys during NEPTUNE.
Polish Destroyers PIORUN and BLYSKAWICA were
also deployed with 10th Flotilla.)
Patrol area shifted to NE of Ushant
to meet possible threat from German
In action with German warships with Flotilla
and damaged by return fire.
Destroyer ZH1 (Ex Dutch GERARD KELENBERG)
was later sunk by HMS ASHANT1 and Z32
and wrecked on Isle de Bas when driven
ashore. Destroyers Z24 and T24 escaped.
(Note: 140 enemy survivors were rescued
by British ships.)
Under repair of action
damage at Devonport.
Resumed duties with Flotilla for support
of Channel operations.
Flotilla duties in English
for interception of enemy ships off French
Intercepted and engaged minesweepers of
46th German Flotilla off Channel
Islands and sank the minesweepers
M4601 and M4605.
(Operation DREDGER -See HOLD THE
Channel interception with Flotilla
During interception deployment with HMS
BELLONA, HMS ASHANTI,
HAIDA and HMCS IROQUOIS carried out
attack on convoy 32 miles SSW of St Nazaire.
Ships were deployed as Force 27).
The minesweepers M263 and M486, Patrol
Boat V414 and a coastal launch together with
ships under escort were all sunk.
patrol and interception in continuation with
During this period extensive efforts were
being made to evacuate German personnel
Nominated for service in Eastern
Fleet after refit
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refit trials and
prepared for service in East Indies Fleet
as Leader of 10th Flotilla.
Took passage from Clyde
as part of escort for Escort Aircraft
Carriers to Gibraltar.
Carried out exercises
before departure for Trincomalee.
Passage in Mediterranean
Joined HM Destroyers VERULAM, NUBIAN and
in 10th Flotilla
Deployed as screen for HM Battleship QUEEN
ELIZABETH, French Battleship
RICHELIEU, HM Escort Aircraft Carriers SHAH
and Dutch Cruiser TROMP with HM
Destroyers ROTHERHAM, VERULAM,
sweep in Andamans
area as Force 63.
(Operation BISHOP. For details of East
Indies Fleet operations
in 1945 see THE
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J
Winton and WAR
Refuelled from RFA OLWEN with destroyers
of Force 63.
Took part in bombardment and fighter strike
against airfield at
Car Nicohar and
at Port Blair
Took part in repeat
bombardment at Car Nicobar.
Took part in repeat
bombardment at Port Blair.
Passage with Force
63 to take up station for cover of
landings at Rangoon.
Refuelled before joining HMS QUEEN
HMS SUFFOLK, and Dutch TROMP
to form Force 64.
Screen deployment during bombardments at
Port Blair, Phoenix
Returned to Trincomalee with Force 64.
Joined HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, HM Cruiser
HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
HUNTER, SHAH and EMPEROR, HMS CUMBERLAND
and Dutch cruiser TROMP with
HMS Destroyers SAUMAREZ, VENUS, VERULAM,
VIRAGO and VIGILANT of 26th
Flotilla, HMS ROTHERHAM
and HMS NUBIAN in Force 61 (Operation
This Force was created in an emergency move
to intercept Japanese warships known
to be on
passage from Singapore
in the Malacca Straits. See references.
Remained with HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and major
units of East Indies Fleet to continue
duties when 26th Flotilla detached for
interception of Japanese warships.
The subsequent action is fully described in
above references and SINK THE HAGURO
by J Winton.)
Under air attacks with Fleet units but these
Returned to Trincomalee
with Fleet units.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ESKIMO. NUBIAN,
65 to carry out attacks on shipping between
Attacked two ships off Rondo Island
20 miles north of Sabang
HMS NUBIAN and HMS
ships were later identified as KUROSHIMA
MARU No.2 and Submarine Chaser 57.
See OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray and
A rescue attempt by the two RN ships
was made but Japanese sailors refused to
Under attacks without
damage or casualties.
Returned to Trincomalee.
Deployed at Trincomalee inn preparation
for planned landings in Malaya
(Note: Did not
take part in minesweeping cover operations.)
Part of screen for major units during
passage in Indian
awaiting approval for landings,
Start of ZIPPER was delayed by US
insistence and problems related to the
personnel to UK
in the PYTHON Scheme
See WAR IN THE PACIFIC and Final
Report of Supreme Commander SEAC
East Indies Fleet duties in continuation.
Passage to Penang
Sailed from Penang
for support of planned landings at Port
Provided support at