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December Contractors trials and commissioned
for service as Leader of Flotilla.
7th Build completion and commenced Acceptance
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January On completion
of Acceptance Trials took passage to Portland to work-up for
Home Fleet service.
to Lisbon to join ships of Home Fleet for courtesy visit and
HM Submarine STARFISH.
3rd At Lisbon
8th Passage to Gibraltar with Home Fleet ships prior to
joint exercises with
ships of Mediterranean Fleet
16th Damaged by Dutch liner SIBAJAK which had dragged her anchor
with this destroyer whilst anchored at Gibraltar.
On completion of temporary repair by HM Dockyard, Gibraltar rejoined the
combined Fleet exercises.
to Portsmouth for completion of repair damage.
April Under repair by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.
27th Resumed Flotilla duties
on completion of repair.
(Note: 2nd TRIBAL Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet re-designated 6th Destroyer
Flotilla and comprised HM Destroyers ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ESKIMO,
MASHONA, MATABELE, PUNJABI and TARTAR.)
3rd At Cherbourg with HM Destroyers ASHANTI, ESKIMO and MATABELE
of Flotilla for courtesy visit
8th Return passage to UK and resumed Flotilla programme.
June Diverted from programme to provide assistance in rescue operations
with sinking of HM Submarine
THETIS in Liverpool Bay
Resumed Flotilla exercise and visits programme when operations
July Passage to Portsmouth for routine docking
3rd Taken in hand by HM
28th On completion resumed Flotilla duties
August Deployed with 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet.
Deployed for Anglo-French exercises
Part of screen for major units during patrol in NW Approaches
for interception of
German warships during passage for attacks on shipping.
September Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
D e t a i l s o
f W a r S e r v i c e
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3rd Intercepted German freighter HANNA BORG
350 miles south of Iceland and placed
boarding party on board. Ship
taken as Prize
(Note: This was first enemy
mercantile to be captured during WW2)
Part of screen during further interception
26th Part of screen for Home Fleet ships covering the return of HM
after damage during patrol in North Sea.
Escorted HMS SPEARFISH to harbour with m Destroyers MASHONA
during visit by HM King George V to Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
14th Carried out anti-submarine search off Scapa Flow after sinking of HM Battleship
ROYAL OAK by U47 whilst at anchor.
17th Present at Scapa Flow during first
German air raid on the anchorage.
22nd Escorted HM Battlecruiser HOOD with H M Destroyers
and FAME to cover passage of convoy from Norway.
29th Deployed with Home Fleet during search for
German battleship GNEISENAU
and cruiser KOLN reported on passage into the Atlantic.
15th Escorted HM Battleships NELSON and RODNEY
to Clyde with HM Destroyers
MASHONA, ASHANTI and BEDOUIN when Home Fleet major
were dispersed during improvement of anti-submarine
defences at Scapa Flow
after sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK.
6th Escorted Force W
to Ronaldshay, Orkneys.
12th Deployed with Flotilla as part of screen
for major Home Fleet units covering
the passage of first
Canadian Troop Convoy to UK (TC1).
(For details of naval activities in Home waters during
1939 see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett and Naval Staff History.
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with Flotilla for Home Fleet duties in NW Approaches and North Sea.
Taken in hand for repair to turbines and evaporators at
February Under repair.
March On completion
of Post Refit trials and check on Degaussing equipment resumed
duty with Flotilla in Home Fleet.
27th Intercepted German steamer BUTT near Obrestad, Norway but failed to capture
7th . Deployed with
AFRIDI, GURKHA SIKH, MOHAWK, ZULU, COSSACK,
KASHMIR, KELVIN, MATABELE, MASHONA and TARTAR, Polish
destroyers ORP GROM, BLYSKAWICA
and BURZA as screen for HM
Cruisers GALATEA and ARETHUSA during search for German
area north of position 48.30N
3.20E. (SOMALI, with
TARTAR may instead of have joined Adm Forbe's main force on this date)
Operation cancelled and rejoined Home Fleet ships.
8th Search terminated and took passage to join
ships of Home Fleet deployed
North Sea and preparing for an attack on German warships
reported at Bergen.
9th Deployed with HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and SOUTHAMPTON as
screen with HM Destroyers MATABELE and MASHONA of 6th Flotilla
GURKHA, SIKH and MOHAWK of 4th Flotilla and took
passage to attack ships in Bergen.
cancelled and rejoined Home Fleet
10th Took passage to Scapa Flow with Home Fleet
11th Sailed from Scapa Flow with HM Destroyers MOHAWK, MASHONA,
MATABELE, SIKH and AFRIDI as screen for HMS SHEFFIELD and
HMS GLASGOW to carry out sweep of inshore
waters off Norway.
13th Carried out unsuccessful search off Alesund for German ships
15th Escorted mv CHOBRY
and ss EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA during landings at
Deployed at Namsos to prepare
for landings by parties from HMS SHEFFIELD
and HMS GLASGOW (Operation HENRY)
Expended all AA ammunition during intensive
Embarked General Carton de Wiat for passage to Lillesjona.
(Note: The General was to take command of landings. For
details see references).
16th Passage to replenish
ammunition at Scapa Flow.
21st Deployed with HMS TARTAR for interception
patrol in Trondheim Inner Leads,
to Detached as
required for convoy defence and refuelling.
30th Embarked troops evacuating Andalsnes with
HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, GALATEA,
SHEFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON, HM Destroyers MASHONA, TARTAR, SIKH,
WANDERER, WALKER and WESTCOTT.
May Deployed in support of Norwegian operations. Pennant No changed to G33.
1st At Andalsnes for further evacuation with
HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and
BIRMINGHAM, HM AA Cruiser CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers INGLEFIELD,
DELIGHT, DIANA, MASHONA and HM Auxiliary AA Ship
Damaged in air attacks and returned to Scapa Flow.
2nd Sustained slight damage when ss ISLE OF JERSEY came alongside
Embarked PRIMROSE Detachment of Royal
MARINES at Alesund.
Return passage to Scapa Flow with 250 rescued personnel
8th Escorted troopship m CHOBRY to Narvik with
HM Destroyers TARTAR and HOSTILE
12th Escorted HM Battleship RESOLUTION, HM Cruisers
EFFINGHAM and AURORA to
Ofotfjord with HM
Destroyers HAVELOCK and FAME.
13th Provided naval gunfire support for landings
. 14th On release from gunfire support during landings
embarked Brigadier Fraser in command of
military operations in the area
and took passage to Mo with French destroyer
Damaged during sustained air attacks.
(For details of the disastrous operations of Norway which revealed weaknesses in defence
of ships against aircraft see
NARVIK by D Macintyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J
Winton, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and the Naval Staff
15th During return passage from Mo with Brigadier
Fraser diverted to provide AA defence
during rescue operations in Vest
Fjord after troopship CHOBRY had under air attack and
set on fire. Provided AA support during rescue operations.
Sustained damage from near miss by bombing
attacks in Traen Fjord.
Withdrawn from Norwegian operations and took return passage
19th Repair arranged in Liverpool by Cammell Laird shipyard
passage from Scapa Flow
to August Twin 4in AA mounting fitted in
X position and degaussing gear installed..
Carried out post
September On completion
of trials rejoined 6th Flotilla as Leader for duty with Home Fleet for
screening of major Fleet units and patrol duties In NW Approaches
duties in Home Fleet continued
to December (Note: Home Fleet remained at Scapa Flow except when carrying interception
and search operations.)
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January Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
9th Under repair
at HM Dockyard Rosyth.
Aircraft and surface warning radar Type 286 fitted.
(For details of development and use of radar by RN see
RADAR AT SEA by D House).
19th Resumed duties with Flotilla
1st Escorted ss
PRINCESS EMMA and ea PRINCESS BEATRIX for raid by 3 and 4
Commando on Lofoten Islands with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, ESKIMO
of 6th Flotilla
(Task Force REBEL - Operation CLAYMORE - See THE WATERY
MAZE by B
and SEIZING THE ENIGMA by D Kahn)
landing operations intercepted Norwegian Trawler KREBS off Svolvaer.
(Note: This ship was being used
by German Navy as a patrol vessel. After brief
engagement the trawler was set
on fire and grounded. Boarding party discovered
rotor disks used in the ENIGMA
coding machine and some associated documents
which were found to be invaluable
when studied by the Bletchley Park
KREBS was captured.
For details see BREAKING THE ENIGMA.)
with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, MASHONA and MATABELE for Local Escort
of military Convoy
WS7 during passage in NW Approaches from Clyde.
27th Detached from WS7 and resumed Home Fleet duties.
April Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
5th Deployed with HM Cruisers EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM, HM
NESTOR, ESKIMO and BEDOUIN to intercept and capture the German
(Note: The operation was planned in
order to obtain an ENIGMA coding machine.
Boarded enemy ship whose crew had abandoned the vessel
after throwing the
ENIGMA machine overboard in a weighted
bag. Documents were however
retrieved and found to include
latest information on use of the Machine.
(See above reference).
22nd Deployed as escort for HM Battleship RODNEY
and mv BRITANNIC with HM Destroyers
ESKIMO, TARTAR and MASHONA.
24th Detached to join rest of Flotilla as part
of screen for Home Fleet major ships during search
for German battleship BISMARCK after sinking of HMS HOOD.
(For details of the search operation and sinking of BISMARCK,
The Naval Staff
History and BATTLESHIP BISMARCK by Mullenheim-Rechberg).
June Taken in hand for refit at Southampton by John I Thornycroft
to Fire-control radar fitted (See above reference).
August On completion
rejoined Flotilla for Home Fleet duties.
4th Part of screen for HM Battleship PRINCE
OF WALES during Atlantic passage to take
Prime Minister, to Placentia
Bay, Newfoundland for 'Atlantic
6th Detached and returned to Scapa. Flow because
weather conditions did not allow
the ship to maintain speed without structural damage.
30th Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier ARGUS and HM
Cruiser SHROPSHIRE with HM
Destroyers MATABELE and PUNJABI for
passage to Archangel.
Embarked RAF personnel.
(Operation STRENGTH - Delivery of Hurricane aircraft and
(For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS
TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg,
CONVOY ! by
P Keep, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield and ARCTIC
CONVOYS by R. Woodman).
September On completion
of STRENGTH deployment resumed Hose Fleet duties with Flotilla.
12th Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS
during air attacks on Bodo.
23rd Part of screen for
HM Battleship KING GEORGE V during interception patrol.
Fleet Flotilla deployment in continuation
8th Embarked Soviet Ambassador at Invergordon for passage to Scapa Flow
Soviet Flag during passage
22nd Deployed with HM Cruiser ARETHUSA, HM Destroyers
. BEDOUIN, ESKIMO. HM Escort Destroyers WHEATLAND, LAMERTON,
ORP KRAKOWIAK and Polish ORP KUJAWIAK for support of raid
by No 12
Commando on Lofoten Islands (Operation
Searched for shipping off Vestfjord
during landings from HM Landing Ships PRINCE
ALBERT and PRINCESS CHARLOTTE.
(See THE WATERY MAZE).
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11th Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy PQ8 with
HM Cruiser TRINIDAD and HMS
17th Carried out Anti-submarine attacks on U454
after sinking of HM Destroyer MATABELE
during the passage of PQ8. This failed because depth charge gear
was inoperative due to
25th Escorted Convoy OP6 with HMS TRINIDAD until
dispersed on 28/1/43.
28th Detached from QP6 and
resumed Flotilla duties.
February Home Fleet duties in continuation.
15th Detached to escort HM Auxiliary Minelayers
AGAMEMNON, MENESTHEUS and PORT
QUEBEC for Northern Barrage minelay
with HM Destroyers LANCASTER, WELLS and
VANQUISHER covered by HM Cruiser KENYA.
(Operation SN84. For details of minelaying operations
see Naval Staff History (MINING)).
20th Taken in hand for refit by Amos and Smith
Ltd at Hull
30th Resumed Flotilla duties
in Home Fleet.
10th Part of destroyer screen for HM Battleships
KING GEORGE V and DUKE OF YORK,
HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers NIGERIA and KENT with HMS
BEDOUIN and HMS ESKIMO of Flotilla, as well as nine other
Home Fleet destroyers
to provide cover for passage
of Russian Convoy PQ14 to Kola Inlet and returning
29th Joined escort for Convoy PQ15 with HM AA
Ship ULSTER QUEEN, HM Destroyers
VENOMOUS, Norwegian ST ALBANS and HM Escort
Destroyer PUNJABI of Flotilla sunk by HM Battleship KING GEORGE V in
collision during low visibility
whilst providing cover for PQ15.
Convoy and escort attacked by Ju88 Dive
5th Detached from
PQ15 on arrival at Kola Inlet.
Remained in North Russian waters.
During this period had to leave Murmansk because of air raids.
13th Escorted damaged cruiser TRINIDAD returning from Murmansk after temporary repair
with HM Destroyers FORESIGHT,
FORESTER and MATCHLESS.
(See THE SHIP THAT TORPEDOED HERSELF by F Pearce).
15th Closed HMS TRINIDAD and took off survivors when ship
(Note HMS TRINIDAD was sunk by HMS MATCHLESS
15th One of those rescued was Rear Admiral Bonham
Took passage to Clyde with survivors
from HMS TRINIDAD.
19th Disembarked survivors.
Fleet duty with Flotilla in continuation
1st Deployed as screen for HM Cruisers LONDON
and NORFOLK, US Cruisers USS
TUSCALOOSA and USS WICHITA
with US destroyers USS WAINWRIGHT and
USS ROWAN as the cruiser covering force
for passage of Russian Convoy PQ17
and returning Convoy OP13.
(For full details of the premature Admiralty order to
scatter Convoy PQ17 and its
passage see THE CONVOY IS TO
SCATTER by J Broome ,THE DESTRUCTION
OF PQ17 by D Irving and ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
for escort of Hone Fleet units deployed in support of relief convoy from
UK to Sicilian Narrows (Operation
10th Part of screen for HM Cruisers NIGERIA, KENYA and MANCHESTER with H M
INTREPID, ICARUS, ITHURIEL, FURY, PATHFINDER, PENN,
LEDBURY, BRAMHAM, TARTAR, ESKIMO and ASHANTI in Force
13th Stood by HMS MANCHESTER
after she had been torpedoed and scuttled.
survivors from ship but attempt to rescue more from beach
prevented by shore fire and had to withdraw.
AA mounting damaged in air attacks.
Rescued survivors from the mercantile WAIRANGI
sunk by bomb in earlier air attack.
17th Escorted HM Battleship RODNEY to UK with HMS ASHANTI on release from
25th Repair of damaged AA
gun not possible because of forthcoming requirement.
September Passage to
Iceland with HM Cruiser SCYLLA and 14
Fleet destroyers for escort of
Russian Convoy PQ18 (Operation EV).
19th Joined 'Fighting Escort’ for passage
to Force A with HM Destroyers ONSLOW, ONSLAUGHT, OPPORTUNE.
OFFA, ASHANTI, ESKIMO and
16th Detached with HMS
SCYLLA and other destroyers to join returning Convoy QP14.
17th Part of Ocean Escort for QP14
19th. HMS SCYLLA and HM Escort Carrier AVENGER detached in view of
20th Hit in Engine Room
by torpedo from U703 and sustained major damage.
Five of ship’s company were killed and four seriously
With high possibility of saving ship,
despite a severe list, taken in tow by HMS ASHANTI.
Eighty of ship's company first transferred to Rescue Ship
HM Trawler LORD MIDDLETON
(Note: Tow operation was screened
by HM Destroyers ESKIMO, INTREPID and
24th Ship broke in two after 420 mile under tow
in deteriorating weather.
77 men were lost when ship had to be abandoned.
35 rescued from the sea by HMS ASHANTI and HMS LORD MIDDLETON
included Lieutenant Cdr Colin
Maud, RN Commanding Officer
full details see ARCTIC CONVOYS and Naval Staff History.)
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)