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February Completion delayed by late delivery
of gunnery equipment
March Contractors trials and commissioning.
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
April On completion of Acceptance Trials took passage
for work-up at Portland.
Work-up exercises and
shakedown in Channel area.
May Joined Flotilla to take part in Home Fleet exercise
and visits programme.
may not have allowed ship to visit Cherbourg with Flotilla in early May
Other ships in Flotilla were:
HM Destroyers SOMALI (Leader), ASHANTI, MATABELE, BEDOUIN,
PUNJABI, ESKIMO and
rms EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA during passage in English Channel with HM King George VI
and Queen Elizabeth
embarked for Royal visit to Canada.)
June Diverted from programme to assist in rescue operations
for HM Submarine THETIS which had sunk
trials in Liverpool Bay.
On release from THETIS diversion
resumed Home Fleet programme with Flotilla.
July Deployed with Flotilla in Home waters.
August Took up Home Fleet war station and deployed for interception
and anti-submarine patrol in Home waters.
September Deployed for Home Fleet screening and
Part of screen for Anglo
French warships in NW Approaches.
(Note: Later duties included interception of German shipping
attempting to return to German ports and commerce
raiders on passage to attack British shipping
in Atlantic as well as U- Boats operating in Home waters.)
with HM Destroyers SOMALI and MATABELE in Home Fleet search for HM Submarine SPEARFISH
which had been
badly damaged during patrol in Heligoland Bight,.
submarine back to UK with covered by Home Fleet major warships.
October Flotilla deployment with Home Fleet
25th Taken in hand for repair by Middle Dock Engineering, South Shields.
may have been for investigation into propulsion machinery problems due to excess
during high speed
steaming in inclement weather. This defect was common to this
Class of Fleet destroyer.
To be confirmed.)
10th Resumed Flotilla duties in Home Fleet.
with ships of Flotilla for screening of Home Fleet major warships during search
for German battleships
SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU after the sinking
of HM Armed Merchant Cruiser RAWALPINDI in defence
of an Atlantic
December Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
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January Home Fleet screening and patrol
duties in continuation
March Withdrawn from Home Fleet duties and took passage
to Chatham for refit by HM Dockyard,
Taken in hand for refit
may have included replacement of turbine blades and hull repair to leaks.
See above Note.)
April On completion of refit joined Home Fleet.
with HM destroyers SOMALI, MATABELE and TARTAR of Flotilla during
escort of inbound
convoy to Forth from Norway.
(Note: One record
states the ship also included the Norwegian torpedo boat DRAUG but
this is not included
in Naval Staff History.).
to join HM Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH, MOHAWK, ZULU, COSSACK,
KASHMIR and KELLY in screen for HM Cruisers GALATEA and ARETHUSA deployed
in search for
German warships on passage in North
(MASHONA, with MATABELE,
may instead of have joined Adm Forbe's main force on this date)
For details see NAVAL OPERATIONS OF THE
CAMPAIGN IN NORWAY , April –June
Home Fleet ships with HMS GALATEA and HMS ARETHUSA and destroyer screen.
Detached with HM Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA,
SIKH, MOHAWK, SOMALI and
MATABELE as screen for HM Cruisers MANCHESTER,
SOUTHAMPTON, and GLASGOW
and SHEFFIELD to carry out an attack on German warships reported at Bergen.
When operation cancelled by Admiralty
took passage to rejoin Home Fleet ships.
After rejoining Fleet came under heavy
and sustained air attacks during which sister destroyer
HMS GURKHA was sunk.
from Scapa Flow with HM Destroyers SOMALI, AFRIDI, SIKH, MATABELE and
MOHAWK to carry out sweep inshore northward
of Alesund to intercept enemy warship
to planned allied landings in Norway.
12th Carried out search with same destroyers.
13th Under air attacks at Alesund without
in support of landings by RM from cruisers at Namsos (Operation
On completion took passage to meet troopship
heavy air attacks at Lillesjona
with AFRIDI, NUBIAN, SIKH and MATABELE to ferry troops ashore
after refuelling. Under air attacks.
Passage to Namsos with mv CHOBRY as screen with
same sister ships.
taking part in landings at Namsos fuelled with NUBIAN
and SHEFFIELD before taking passage to Scapa Flow.
(Note: See references
for details of Operation MAURICE).
19th Arrived at Scapa Flow to refuel and replenish ammunition.
to Andalsnes with HM Destroyers SOMALI, SIKH, WANDERER, WALKER
as screen for HM Cruisers GALATEA, ARETHUSA, SHEFFIELD
and SOUTHAMPTON to carry out evacuation of troops
troops at Veblungsnes and supported evacuation.
May Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to G59.
Returned to take part in further evacuation
operation at Andalsnes with
HM Destroyers INGLEFIELD, DELIGHT, DIANA
and SOMALI, HM Cruisers
BIRMINGHAM, MANCHESTER and CALCUTTA.
passage to Scapa Flow with evacuated troops without air attacks.
(Note: HMS CALCUTTA
remained to evacuate rearguard.)
Resumed Flotilla duties with Home Fleet
with HM Destroyers TARTAR, BEDOUIN and ASHANTI as screen
for HM Battleship
VALIANT to provide cover for final. evacuation Group I
meeting Group I ships off Faeroes, detached with HMS VALIANT and screen
by additional escorts.
(Note: For full
details of the disastrous operations off Norway see above reference,
NARVIK by D Macintyre, THE DOOMED EXPEDITION
by J Adams and
CARRIER GLORIOUS by
Fleet screening and patrol duties in continuation with Flotilla.
with HM Destroyers MAORI and TARTAR to impound Swedish warships
(Note: Two destroyers
and two torpedo boats purchased from Italy for service in the
Swedish Navy had arrived there during
passage. After protests from this
these ships were handed back to Sweden at Scapa
deployment as screen for Home Fleet major warships during search for German
on passage in NW Approaches, sustained structural damage in heavy weather.
30th At Rosyth
for inspection of defects and extensive replacement of riveting discovered.
July On completion of repair resumed Home Fleet duties
July Home Fleet deployment at
October Under refit and repair in Liverpool commercial shipyard
this refit the twin 4.7in mounting in X position was replaced by a
Twin 4in HA Mounting to improve AA defence.
Repair to propulsion
structure to be confirmed )
November On completion resumed Fleet duties
December Deployed for patrol and convoy defence
in NW Approaches.
12th Rescued survivors from ss ROTORUA torpedoed
on 11th by U96 west of St Kilda.
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with HM Destroyers TARTAR and BEDOUIN as screen for
HM Destroyers INTREPID and ICARUS during
minelay in Norwegian
(Operation DZ – See Naval Staff History (Mining) for details.)
a series of unfortunate incidents lay was successful.)
Flotilla duties on return to Scapa Flow.
damage in collision with HM Destroyer SIKH at Scapa Flow.
was during departure for Fleet screening duties.)
of damage determined and repair arrange at West Hartlepool.
13th Taken in hand by Gray’s shipyard.
February Under repair
Flotilla duties at Scapa Flow.
military convoy WS7 in Clyde with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, MATABELE
and SOMALI as
Local Escort during passage in NW Approaches.
(Note: HM Destroyers
LEGION, BROADWATER and Polish Destroyer
ORP PIORUN were also deployed as part
of Local Escort and HM Cruiser
CAIRO joined on 25th to provide additional AA defence. HM Cruiser
EDINBURGH , HM
Battleships REVENGE and NELSON provided cover
from WS7 with BEDOUIN, MATABELE and SOMALI for return
passage to Clyde.
April Western Approaches deployment
with HM Destroyers ESKIMO, TARTAR and SOMALI as screen for
HM Battleship RODNEY to provide cover
for passage of mv BRITANNIC during
Atlantic passage to
from mv BRITANNIC with HMS RODNEY and destroyer screen
Home Fleet ships in search for German
battleship BISMARCK and German cruiser
PRINZ EUGEN after sinking
of HM Battlecruiser HOOD.
with HMS RODNEY and screen to carry out search between French coast
and the last
known position of BISMARCK.
from operations due to low fuel state and took passage with HMS TARTAR
speed to refuel.
(Note: For details
of the search and sinking of BISMARCK see THE BISMARCK
EPISODE by G. Russell, LOSS OF BISMARCK by B Schoefield and
BATTLESHIP BISMARCK by Mullenheim
28th Under sustained and heavy air attacks and hit on port side in
Damage control to reduce ingress of water
failed and ship had to be abandoned.
Scuttled and sunk in position west of
Irish coast (52.58N 11.3W).
36 of ship’s company lost their lives.
184 survivors rescued by HM Destroyers
TARTAR and SHERWOOD, and Canadian
destroyer HMS ST CLAIR.
Casualty List TIMES 30 July 1941.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)