B a t t l e H
o n o u r s
NORWAY 1940 - ARCTIC 1941-42
H e r a l d i c
D a t a
Badge: On a
Field per fess wavy White and Blue,
M o t t o:
Hamba Gahle: “ Go in Peace.”
Manning Division: Devonport
D e t a i l s
o f S e r v i c e
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1 9 3 9
January Contractors trials and
Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
February On completion of Acceptance
Trials took passage for work-up at Portland.
and shakedown in Channel area.
March Joined Flotilla to take part in Home
Fleet exercise and visits programme.
Other ships in
Destroyers SOMALI (Leader)., ASHANTI, MASHONA, BEDOUIN,
PUNJABI, ESKIMO and
April Resumed Flotilla duties
after Leave period.
3rd Visited Cherbourg with sister
destroyers HMS ESKIMO and HMS ASHANTI of Flotilla.
12th Escorted rms EMPRESS
OF AUSTRALIA during passage in English Channel with HM King George VI
and Queen Elizabeth
embarked for Royal visit to Canada. To be confirmed.
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
D e t a i l s o
f W a r S e r v i c e
September Deployed for Home Fleet screening
and patrol duties.
Part of screen
for Anglo French warships in NW Approaches.
duties included interception of German shipping attempting to return to German
commerce raiders on passage to attack British shipping in Atlantic as
well as patrol for the
interception of U-Boats
operating in Home waters.)
25th Deployed with HM Destroyers SOMALI
and MASHONA in Home Fleet search for HM Submarine
had been badly damaged during patrol in Heligoland Bight,.
26th Escorted submarine back to UK with
covered by Home Fleet major warships.
October Flotilla deployment in North
Sea for patrol to intercept German ships on passage for attacks on coastal
to December shipping, to Atlantic Ocean for
attacks on convoys or for submarine minelayers.
screening duties for major Home Fleet warships as required.
of HM Battleship ROYAL OAK resulted in major Fleet units being moved from Scapa
to west coast of Scotland pending improvement of protection against submarine
Scapa Flow anchorage.)
1 9 4 0
January Passage to Plymouth
7th Arrived at Devonport for repair by
February Under repair
included replacement of turbine blades, damaged due to excess stress during
speed steaming in inclement weather, and installation of degaussing
protection against magnetic mines. See THE TORPEDOMEN by A Poland.)
9th On completion of refit resumed
Flotilla duties with Home Fleet
this period Flotilla was used for defence of North Sea convoys to and from
for screening of major units during interception operations.)
. 6th Deployed with H M destroyers
SOMALI, MASHONA and TARTAR of Flotilla
during escort of
in-bound convoy to
Forth from Norway.
record states the ship also included the Norwegian torpedo boat DRAUG but this
included in Naval Staff History.).
7th Passage to join HM Destroyers
AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH, MOHAWK, ZULU, COSSACK,
KELLY in screen for HM Cruisers GALATEA and ARETHUSA deployed in search
for German warships on passage in
(MATABELE, with MASHONA, SOMALI,
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 1940
9th Joined Home Fleet ships with HMS
GALATEA and HMS ARETHUSA and destroyer screen.
Detached with HM
Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH, MOHAWK, SOMALI and MASHONA
as screen for HM
Cruisers MANCHESTER, SOUTHAMPTON, GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD to carry
out an attack on
German warships reported at Bergen.
cancelled by Admiralty took passage to rejoin Home Fleet ships.
Fleet came under heavy and sustained air attacks during which sister destroyer
GURKHA was sunk.
11th Sailed from Scapa
Flow with HM Destroyers SOMALI, AFRIDI, SIKH, MATABELE and MOHAWK
to carry out
sweep inshore northward of Alesund to intercept enemy warship movements prior
planned allied landings in Norway.
12th Carried out search with same
13th Under air attacks at Alesund
Deployed in support of landings by RM from cruisers at Namsos (Operation
took passage to meet troopship convoy
15th Arrived with troopships.
16th Under heavy air attacks at
17th Deployed with AFRIDI, NUBIAN, SIKH
and MATABELE to ferry troops ashore from transports after
Under air attacks.
Took passage to
Bodo with HM Destroyer ECHO, HM Cruisers EFFINGHAM and COVENTRY to
land troops and
equipment embarked in HMS EFFINGHAM
18th During passage ran aground on Foksen
shoal but managed to re-float with damage to structure.
(Note: HMS EFFINGHAM
also ran aground and was seriously damaged.
to be sunk by gunfire three days later. See reference.)
in rescue of troops with other ships and craft from shore took passage to
May Deployed for support
of operations in Norway
4th Escorted HM Landing
Ship ROYAL ULSTERMAN to Bodo for landing of Commando unit.
On release from
operations returned to Scapa Flow
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 J Winton.)
refit arranged at Falmouth and withdrawn from operational use
for visual signalling purposes changed to G59.
27th Taken in hand for refit and repair by
Silley Cox shipyard at Falmouth.
June Under refit
July (Note: Work included
replacement of twin 4.7in mounting in X position aft with a twin 4in
mounting to improve defence against air attacks.
August Post refit trials
19th On completion of sea trials and
shakedown took passage to Scapa Flow to resume Flotilla
duties in Home
September Home Fleet deployment in
(Note: Ships of Home Fleet were
extensively deployed for ant-invasion patrols in North Sea
well as search and interception and anti-submarine patrol in Home waters.
October Deployed for Home Fleet
duties including offensive operations against coastal shipping off
22nd Carried out attack on convoy with HMS
SOMALI of Flotilla and sank coaster off Andalsnes.
November Deployed at Scapa
Flow for Home Fleet duties with Flotilla
December Part of screen for
major Home Fleet ships during search for German armoured cruiser
reported on passage to attack Atlantic convoys
1 9 4 1
3rd Deployed with HM Destroyers MASHONA,
TARTAR and BEDOUIN as screen for HM
INTREPID and ICARUS during minelay in Norwegian coastal waters.
(Operation DZ –
See Naval Staff History (Mining) for details.)
a series of unfortunate incidents lay was successful.)
5th Resumed Flotilla duties on return to
16th Part of escort for HM Battleship KING
GEORGE V during passage to USA in NW Approaches
Halifax and senior defence personnel.
Returned to Scapa Flow on release from escort..
2nd Deployed with HM Destroyer TARTAR of
Flotilla, HM Cruisers ARETHUSA and
escort for HM Destroyers INTREPID and IMPULSIVE during minelay off
Trondheim in the entrance to Fro Havet (Operation EA).
3rd Returned to Scapa
Flow when operation cancelled due to deterioration of weather conditions.
March Deployed with Flotilla
in Western Approaches.
24th Joined military convoy WS7 in Clyde
with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, MASHONA and
SOMALI as Local
Escort during passage in NW Approaches.
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
against surface attack.)
28th Detached from WS7 with BEDOUIN,
MATABELE and SOMALI for return
April Nominated for refit
at Barrow-in Furness.
11th Taken in hand for refit and
modifications by Vickers-Armstrong shipyard.
May Under refit.
carried out included removal of mainmast and top of after funnel to
improve arcs of fire for close range weapons. Type 286M radar was also
This was a modified RAF air-surface equipment but had serious
when used on board a ship. For details of development and use of radar
Royal Navy see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
27th On completion commenced post refit
trials and prepared for operational use.
5th During departure from Barrow to
rejoin Flotilla for service in Home Fleet, ship
sustained major damage to underwater fittings including shaft
10th Under repair at Barrow,
August Under repair
15th Carried out post refit trials before
taking passage to rejoin Flotilla.
at Scapa Flow nominated for special operation.
30th Deployed with HM Aircraft Carrier
ARGUS, HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE,
HM Destroyers PUNJABI and SOMALI for
transport of HURRICANE aircraft,
and personnel to North Russia for support of Soviet military
after Russia entered WW2 (Operation STRENGTH).
30th (Note: Cover was provided by HM
aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers
and SUFFOLK screened by HM Destroyers
ESCAPADE and INGLEFIELD).
7th Aircraft despatched and ships took
passage to Murmansk.
15th On return to Scapa Flow resumed
October Flotilla deployment for
Home Fleet screening and patrol including offensive
to December operations off Norway and
interception patrol for ships on passage in North Sea
Approaches. See Naval Staff History.
record of duty for escort of Russian convoys traced.)
1 9 4 2
January Nominated for escort of
with HMS SOMALI as screen for HM Cruiser TRINIDAD to
Convoy PQ8 on passage from Iceland to Murmansk.
11th Joined HM Minesweepers HARRIER and
SPEEDWELL in escort for PQ8.
16th PQ8 under threat of submarine attack.
17th Hit by torpedo from
U454 and sank almost immediately after explosion in position
69.21N 35.24E with loss of 238 of ship’s company, of
whom only two survived
and were rescued
by HMS HARRIER. Many who were able to leave the stricken ship
succumbed in the
ice-cold water before rescue was possible.
details of all Russian convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA
by RA Ruegg, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield, CONVOY !
by P Kemp and ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman
Casualty List TIMES 9 March 1942.)
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)