TRIBAL-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from Stephens
of Govan on 10th March 1935 under the 1935 Build Programme. The ship was laid
down on 10th August 1936 and launched on 23rd September 1937 as the 2nd RN
warship to carry this name. It had previously been used by a destroyer built in
1909 and seriously damaged in action in 1916. Build was completed on 7th
September 1938 at a contract price of £351,135. Because of speedy construction
achieved, she was nominated as Lead Ship for this Class. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 this ship was adopted by the civil community of Ruislip, Middlesex now part of
the London Borough of Hillingdon.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
DOVER PATROL 1914-16 - NORWAY 1940 - ATLANTIC 1941 - BISMARCK Action
1941 - MALTA
CONVOYS 1941-42 - LIBYA 1941 - SIRTE 1942
- MEDITERRANEAN 1942
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field Barry wavy of
six white and blue. in front of two Zulu
spears, a Zulu shield Proper
S u m m a r y o f P
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August Build completion delayed
by late delivery of Gunnery equipment
September Contractors trials
6th Commissioned for service in 2nd
TRIBAL Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet.
completed and commenced Acceptance Trials
October Passage to Portland on
completion of trials.
November On completion of work-up for
operational deployment took passage to Mediterranean to join
18th Joined Flotilla in Malta.
Flotilla was to comprise HM Destroyers AFRIDI, COSSACK, GURKHA, MAORI,
MOHAWK, NUBIAN*, SIKH and ZULU. Ships marked * had not yet joined from build.)
December Deployed for Flotilla exercises
and Fleet duties.
for visual signalling purposes changed to Fl 8
1 9 3 9
January Flotilla duties in
( Note: Some ships
in Flotilla were deployed for Non-intervention Patrol in western
Mediterranean to prevent passage of arms to the belligerents in the
Spanish civil war
February Took part in joint Mediterranean
and Home Fleet exercises based at Gibraltar with Flotilla,
March Flotilla deployment for
Fleet and Flotilla exercises
April 2nd TRIBAL Destroyer
Flotilla re-designated 4th Destroyer Flotilla.
5th Visited Palma, Majorca on return passage
May Deployed for Fleet
Exercise and visits programme,
August Took part in special exercise with Fleet
units in Aegean arranged by CinC Mediterranean Fleet
anticipation of war with Italy. Returned to Alexandria to take up war station
visit to Istanbul.
D e t a i l s o
f W a r S e r v i c e
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September Deployed for contraband control
to enforce blockade of shipping carrying goods destined for
Nominated with Flotilla for return to UK
for Home Fleet duties.
October Passage to UK for service
in North Sea for convoy defence and interception of enemy ships
on passage to
and from German ports.
November North Sea deployment in
Incidence of defects including leaks in feed water tanks required withdrawal
for repair. This particular type of defect was common to the Class and
problems with turbine blades. These were considered due to structural
steaming at high speed in rough weather. See BRITISH DESTROYERS by E
Passage to Rosyth for repair.
5th Taken in hand for repair by
1 9 4 0
Further defect work on turbines and fit of degaussing equipment
transferred to commercial
23rd Work commenced at Leith.
Under repair at Leith.
Resumed operational service with 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion of
post refit trials.
screening of HM Cruisers GALATEA and AURORA with other Home Fleet
part of Rosyth Striking Force
April Deployed with Rosyth
7th Took passage from Rosyth with
HM Destroyers AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH, MOHAWK,
KASHMIR, KELVIN, Polish destroyers ORP GROM, ORP BLYSKAW1C and
ORP BURZA as
screen for HMS AURORA and HMS GALATEA during search for German
of position 58.30N 3.30E.
8th Joined Home Fleet ships with
Rosyth Striking Force and deployed with destroyer screen during
of search operation.
9th Detached from Fleet with HMS
COSSACK to escort HM Destroyers KELVIN and KASHMIR
which had been
damaged in collision
of the Home Fleet deployments between 7th and 10th April 1940 see NAVAL
THE CAMPAIGN IN NORWAY (HMSO).).
10th Passage from Scapa Flow to
rejoin Home Fleet screen.
11th Deployed with Home Fleet in
support of planned landings in Norway (Operation RUPERT/R4)
15th Carried out reconnoitre of
Narvik area and Rombaks Fjord with HM Destroyer FAULKNOR.
24th Took part in bombardment of
Narvik with HM Battleship WARSPITE, HM Cruisers AURORA
EFFINGHAM. For details see above reference.
May Norwegian support and
convoy defence in continuation.
for visual signalling changed to G18.
10th Deployed with HM Cruiser CALCUTTA
to intercept ss NORD NORGE which had been
taken over by
German military to take troops to Mo area
On arrival at Hennes
found enemy troops had already landed but sank ss NORD NORGE with
For details of
the disastrous operations off Norway see THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by
NARVIK by D MacIntyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton and above
for landing party still on board.)
Passage to Mo to embark soldiers
who had escaped from Hennes.
12th Escorted HMS PENELOPE to Clyde
from Skelfjord with HM Cruisers COVENTRY,
Destroyers ISIS, CAMPBELL and WITCH.
18th Resumed Home Fleet duties.
June Deployed with Home
Fleet at Scapa Flow for screening duties.
7th Part of screen for HM
Battlecruisers RENOWN, REPULSE, HM Cruisers SUFFOLK and
HM Destroyers KELVIN, MAORI, FORESTER and FOXHOUND
in NW Approaches for commerce raiders reported on passage to attack
8th Return passage to Scapa Flow
with HMS KELVIN as escort for HMS RENOWN after an
10th Retained at Scapa Flow for
(Note: Two capital ships of
Home Fleet were kept in Scapa Flow for anti-invasion duties in
Channel or North Sea.
11th Deployed with HM Destroyers
ELECTRA, ANTELOPE, DIANA, ACHERON and HIGHLANDER
escort for HMS RENOWN and ARK ROYAL during planned attacks against German
(Note: Although initially cancelled a subsequent attack was launched
but it was unsuccessful.)
13th Escorted damaged destroyer HMS
ELECTRA to Troon following a collision with HMS
ANTELOPE during screening duties.
22nd Deployed for Home Fleet Flotilla
duties at Scapa Flow.
July Home Fleet deployment
Tyne from Scapa Flow on release for refit
29th Taken in hand for refit by Swan
Hunter shipyard in Newcastle.
July Under refit
9th Resumed Home Fleet Flotilla
duties based at Scapa Flow on completion of post repair and refit
30th Detonated acoustic mine and
sustained significant structural damage.
October Passage to Forth for
Taken in hand by HM Dockyard, Rosyth
November Under repair,
1 9 4 1
18th Resumed Flotilla duties at
Scapa Flow on completion of post repair trials.
February Home Fleet screening and
Flotilla duties in continuation.
March Detached for escort of
11th Escorted HM Auxiliary Minelayers
AGAMEMNON, PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS and
for minelay in Northern Barrage with HM Destroyer COSSACK.
April Home Fleet screening
and patrol duties with Flotilla in continuation.
May Detached for Atlantic
22nd Joined military convoy WS8B as
Local Escort during passage in NW Approaches with HM
Cruiser CAIRO, HM Destroyers
COSSACK, BRIDGE, MAORI, OTTAWA (RCN), SIKH,
(RCN), and Polish ORP PIORUN.
26th Detached from escort of
Atlantic convoy to relieve escort for H M Battleship KING
GEORGE V during
search for German Battleship BISMARCK.
27th Carried cut Torpedo attacks on
BISMARCK with destroyers of 4th Flotilla.
see PURSUIT by Ludovic Kennedy and BATTLESHIP BISMARCK by
June Deployed for Home
Fleet Flotilla duties.
2nd Passage to Clyde for Atlantic
3rd Joined military convoy WS9A as
Local Escort during passage in NW Approaches with HM
HM Armed Merchant Cruiser AUSONIA, HM Destroyers COSSACK,
(RCN), RAMSAY, RESTIGOUCHE (RCN), SIKH, VANQUISHER
7th Detached from WS9A and returned
to Clyde with Local Escort.
10th Passage to Falmouth for
investigation into propulsion machinery defects causing excessive
12th Taken in hand by commercial
work was also undertaken and including replacement of mainmast by a new
structure to suit fit of aerial for wireless direction finding outfit.
20mm single Oerlikon
mountings were fitted on bridge
wings, Radar Type
285 for main armament gunnery fire control installed and depth
charge throwers re-sited on quarter deck.)
July Under refit
August Passage to Scapa Flow to
rejoin Home Fleet for duties in NW Approaches.
transfer to Mediterranean to rejoin Flotilla.
9th Deployed for Home Fleet duty on
completion of post repair and refit trials.
31st Joined military convoy WS11 in
Clyde for Local Escort during passage in NW Approaches with
Cruiser CAIRO, HM Destroyers COSSACK, HIGHLANDER, LEGION,
LIVELY, WINCHELSEA, Polish ORP GARLAND, ORP
PIORUN and Dutch ISAAC
2nd Detached from WS11 with Local
Escort and took passage to Clyde.
5th Deployed with HM Destroyer
SIKH for escort of HM Auxiliary Minelayers MENESTHEUS,
and SOUTHERN PRINCE during minelay in Northern Barrage.
SN5A-For details of all minelaying activities see the Naval Staff History
Flotilla duties with Home Fleet on completion.
took passage to Gibraltar to join Flotilla.
10th Deployed at
Gibraltar with Force H.
13th Took part with HM Destroyers
GURKHA, LANCE and LIVELY as screen for HM Battleship
NELSON and HM
Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL in Force B during Malta aircraft delivery
Aircraft were launched from HMS FURIOUS deployed in Force A as well as from HMS
ARK ROYAL. See MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodman)
24th Joined Force X at Gibraltar
as screen for HM Cruisers KENYA, EDINBURGH,
HERMIONE and EURYALUS with HM Destroyers COSSACK,
HEYTHROP, ORIBI, LAFOREY and LIGHTNING to escort Malta supply
during passage through Sicilian Channel to Grand Harbour.
. 28th Returned to rejoin Force H
west of Narrows after convoy arrived.
with Force H at Gibraltar on return from HALBERD.
16th Part of screen for HM
Battleship RODNEY, HMS ARK ROYAL and HMS HERMIONE
Destroyers COSSACK, FORESTER, FORESIGHT, FURY, LEGION and SIKH to
cover Malta aircraft delivery by HMS ARK ROYAL.
CALLBOY - This also included transit of HM Cruisers AURORA, PENELOPE,
Destroyers LANCE and LIVELY to form Force K in Malta and escort two
19th Resumed Force H duties en
return to Gibraltar.
10th Part of screen for HM
Battleship MALAYA, HM Cruiser HERMIONE, HM Aircraft Carrier
and HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS with H M Destroyers LAFOREY,
SIKH, LEGION, GURKHA and Dutch destroyer ISAAC SWEERS to cover
delivery to Malta, by HMS ARGUS (Operation PERPETUAL I).
13th Detached to escort HMS
MALAYA to Gibraltar after HMS ARK ROYAL was torpedoed by
U81during return passage
assist HMS LAFOREY which was standing by the stricken HMS ARK ROYAL.
14th Took passage to Gibraltar
when ARK ROYAL sank during tow.
(Note: A second
aircraft delivery, Operation PERPETUAL II was cancelled).
Transferred to 22nd Destroyer Flotilla at Alexandria.
1 9 4 2
4th Deployed with major units
for escort of HM Supply Ship GLENGYLE taking oil supply
to Malta and
return of HM Supply Ship BRECONSHIRE to Alexandria. (Operation MF2).
8th Detached and deployed with
Force K based in Malta.
18th Deployed with HM Destroyers
SUCH, LANCE, LIVELY and JAGUAR to provide escort for
and 8B for final stags of passage to Malta. (Operation MF3).
sustained air attack
. 25th Deployed with HMS PENELOPE,
HMS Destroyers MAORI, LANCE, LEGION and LIVELY
for HM Supply Ship GLENGYLE and mv ROWALLAN CASTLE returning to
26th Returned to Malta when
convoy escort transferred to Mediterranean Fleet ships.
(Operation MF4 - See
February Deployed at Malta with
7th Carried out patrol to
interception supply shipping to North Africa with HM Destroyer
freighters were sunk west of Sicily.
13th Escorted HMS BRECONSHIRE, ss
CITY OF CALCUTTA and ss CLAN FERGUSON for
stage of passage to Alexandria with HMS PENELOPE, HM Destroyers SIKH,
LEGION, LIVELY, DECOY and FORTUNE (Convoy ME10).
14th Met HM Cruiser CARLISLE and
escort for Convoy MU9 from Alexandria.
air attacks during which ss ROWALLAN CASTLE was damaged.
ROWALLAN CASTLE in tow but after further bomb damage this ship had to be
sunk by HMS
ships of MW9 arrived in Malta - see above reference).
20th Transferred to Mediterranean
Fleet and returned to Alexandria.
March Mediterranean Fleet
deployment in continuation.
9th Part of screen for HM
Cruisers NAIAD, DIDO and EURYALUS with HM Destroyers
JERVIS, KIPLING, KELVIN,
LIVELY, SIKH, HASTY, HAVOCK and HERO during
unsuccessful search for Italian cruiser damaged by torpedo attack.
11th Took part in rescue
operations when HM Cruiser NAIAD was sunk by torpedo from U565
20th Deployed as screen for HM
Cruiser CARLISLE with HM Destroyers SIKH, LIVELY,
and HASTY escorting Convoy MW10 to Malta covered by the 15th
22nd After interception of convoy
by enemy force including the battleship LITTORIO, three
cruisers and a destroyer
escort, joined 15th Cruiser Squadron ships.
Took part in
brilliant handled tactical night engagement resulting in withdrawal of the
of Sirte - See above references and Naval Staff History).
Although convoy was able to avoid destruction when diverted with an escort
action it was later under heavy air attacks and the two ships which did arrive
sunk after arrival. Only 5,000 of the 26,000 tons loaded were landed.
(See ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY, MEDITERRANEAN MAELSTROM by
and MALTA CONVOYS.).
structural damage due to high speed manoeuvring during this action
April Taken in hand for
repair on return to Alexandria
May Resumed operational
duties on completion of repair and deployed for
patrol and support in Eastern Mediterranean
June Nominated for
escort of Malta relief convoy (Operation VIGOROUS).
12th Deployed with HM Cruisers
CLEOPATRA, DIDO, HERMIONE, EURYALUS.
NEWCASTLE and BIRMINGHAM with HM Destroyers
NESTOR, NORMAN, NIZAM, JERVIS, KELVIN, JAVELIN, PAKENHAM,
INCONSTANT. SIKH, HASTY, HERO, CROOME, ERIDGE, DULVERTON,
AIREDALE, BEAUFORT, HURWORTH, TETCOTT, ALDENHAM and
escort for convoy from Alexandria (Operation VIGOROUS)
(Note: Pre WW1 battleship HMS CENTURION
was disguised as a KING GEORGE V
Class Battleship to enhance the apparent strength of this escort.)
14th Under heavy and sustained
interception by Italian Fleet.
E-Boats during darkness. HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE and HM Destroyer
15th After series of conflicting
Instructions from shore and heavy expenditure of AA ammunition
loss and damage to warships involved. Operation abandoned.
details of this disastrous operation and its ill direction from shore see above
30th Deployed with HM Destroyers
SIKH, CROOME and TETCOTT in support of military
in Syria (Operation EXPORTER).
(Note: Assistance in rescue work with HMS ZULU after HM Submarine Depot Ship MEDWAY
was sunk off Alexandria by U732 to
July Support of military
operations off Syria in continuation.
August Military support and
anti-submarine patrol with aircraft off Syria.
4th Shared credit with HM
Destroyers SIKH. CROOME, TETCOTT and aircraft "M" of RAF
for sinkirg of U372 in position SW of Haifa.
submarine had sunk HM Submarine Depot Ship MEDWAY on 30th June).
Deployed with Mediterranean Fleet for patrol and convoy defence.
support of assault landings at Tobruk (Operation AGREEMENT)
11th Embarked detachment of Royal
12th Passage to Tobruk for
landings with HM Destroyers SIKH, ALDENHAM, BEAUFORT,
. EXMOOR and HURWORTH.
13th During attempts to land
Royal Marines came under fire from shore batteries,
14th Took HMS SIKH in tow after
she had been seriously damaged by shore fire.
HMS SIKH sank
during towing operation.
air attacks during which HMS COVENTRY was set on fire and had to be
continued and ship was disabled after sustaining major damage.
Taken in tow
by HM Escort Destroyer HURSLEY but sank during passage to Alexandria
members of the ship’s company were killed, 24 Missing and one injured.
of this ill-planned operation which met with determined and opposition see
TOBRUK by P Smith and above references).
was published on 7th October 1942.
P o s t W a r N o t e s
This name was carried forward when given to a TRIBAL-Class Type 81 Frigate on 3rd July 1962 launched at Govan in July 1962 by Alex,
Stephens at Govan, Glasgow. This ship commissioned on 17 April 1964 and served in the Fleet until 1979. Although placed on the Disposal
List in 1981 she was brought forward for further service in 1982 after the Falklands conflict and Paid-off two
years later. Placed on the Sales List she was sold in Indonesia and renamed MARTHA KRISTINA TIYAHARU.
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)