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30th - Commissioned for service.
17th - Visited by Mr Vincent Massey, Canadian High Commissioner in the
18th - Build completion and commenced acceptance trials.
On completion of trials
took passage from Forth estuary to Scapa Flow for work-up.
Worked-up with Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
14th - On completion deployed with HM Destroyers JANUS, VIGILANT, HARDY,
IROQUOIS (RCN) and US destroyer USS CORRY to provide cover for replenishment of
Spitzbergen garrison (Home Fleet Operation FQ).
16th - On completion of FQ
provided cover for passage of five minesweepers and six motor launches to North
Russia (Home Fleet Operation FR. Note: HM Cruiser LONDON and US Cruiser AUGUSTA were also deployed in covering force. The convoy comprised Lease Lend
warships destined for service with the Russian Northern Fleet and were manned
by Russian crews. Close Escort was provided by nine Home Fleet destroyers.)
23rd - Detached from cover role and returned to Scapa Flow.
25th - Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE off Cape Wrath for
passage to Scapa Flow
2nd - Deployed with HM Destroyers ONSLOW, VENUS, Norwegian destroyer
STORD, US destroyers CAPPS and HONSON as screen for HM Battleship ANSON, HMS FORMIDABLE
and HM Cruiser JAMAICA to provide cover for transit of Russian Convoy RA54A
which was returning from Kola Met (Home Fleet Operation FT. Note. For details
of all Russian Convoy operations, see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R.A Ruegg, THE
RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R. Woodman and CONVOY! by R
8th - Detached from RA54A with covering force and returned to Scapa
18th - Deployed with HM Destroyers IMPULSIVE, ONSLAUGHT, ONSLOW, ORWELL,
OBDURATE, HMCS HURON and HMCS IROQUOIS as Ocean Escort for Convoy JW54A during
passage to Kola Inlet.
19th - HMS OBDURATE withdrawn from Close Escort due to defect and
returned to Scapa Flow.
24th - Detached from JW54A with Close Escort on arrival.
26th - Joined return Convoy RA54B with same ships as Close Escort for
passage to UK.
5th - Detached from RA54B and returned to Scapa Flow with Close Escort.
22nd - Deployed with HM Destroyers IMPULSIVE, ONSLAUGHT, ONSLOW, ORWELL,
SCOURGE, HMCS HURON and HMCS IROQUOIS as Close Escort for Russian Convoy JW55
during passage to Kola Inlet
25th - Close Escort reinforced by HM Destroyers MATCHLESS, MUSKETEER,
OPPORTUNE and VIRAGO in view of the threat of attack by German Battleship
SCHARNHORST. (See above references. Note: The German warship was engaged and
sunk by ships of Home Fleet providing cover for the passage of this convoy and
two others in the Arctic.)
Under sustained attacks by
aircraft and submarines.
29th - Detached with ships of Close Escort on arrival of JW55B at Kola
31st - Deployed as Close Escort for passage of return Convoy RA55B to UK
with same ships.
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3rd - Under submarine attacks.
7th - Detached from RA55B with Close Escort and returned to Scapa Flow.
10th - Transferred with HMCS IROQUOIS for detached service and took
passage to Plymouth to join Plymouth Command for duty in English Channel.
13th - Deployed at Plymouth.
19th - Carried out patrol off French coast for interception of coastal
convoy traffic (Operation TUNNEL Series.)
20th - Returned to Plymouth.
2nd - Carried out further TUNNEL Operation.
3rd - Returned to Plymouth.
4th - Recalled for duty in Home Fleet and took passage to Scapa Flow
with sister ships HMCS IROQUOIS and ATHABASKAN
5th - Arrived at Scapa Flow for Home Fleet screening duties.
10th - Deployed with HMCS IROQUOIS and ATHABASKAN as part of destroyer
screen for HM Battleship ANSON and French battleship RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers
HMS NIGERIA during anti-shipping strike off Norwegian coast.
12th - Returned to Scapa Flow after only secondary shore targets had
been attacked by aircraft.
13th - Released from Home Fleet duties and returned to Plymouth.
15th - On arrival at Plymouth joined HM Destroyers TARTAR and HMCS
ASHANTI of 10th Destroyer Flotilla with HMCS IROQUOIS and ATHABASKAN. (Note:
This Flotilla was deployed as Force 26.)
18th - HMCS IROQUOIS withdrawn for Flotilla and took passage to Canada
for refit Replaced by HMCS HURON.
20th - Nominated for service with Flotilla (Operation NEPTUNE.)
Took part in preparatory
exercises for NEPTUNE.
NEPTUNE exercises in continuation.
11th - Took part in Exercise FOX in preparation for NEPTUNE.
24th - Took part in Exercise MUSKRAT 2 in preparation for NEPTUNE. (Note:
For details of preparations and execution of Operation NEPTUNE see OPERATION NEPTUNE
by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY (HMSO) and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de
30th - Joined HM Destroyers BRISSENDEN and TANATSIDE with HMCS HURON to
take part in preparatory exercise as screen for HM Cruisers BLACK PRINCE and
GLASGOW which were deployed to provide naval gunfire support during these
landings (Exercise BEAVER).
NEPTUNE preparatory exercises in continuation.
12th - Took part in large scale combined exercise with HMCS HURON and
HMS TARTAR in sea area west of the Needles and deployed as part of screen for
major warships deployed off assault area (Exercise TROUSERS).
19th - Deployed with HM Destroyers TANATSIDE, WENSLEYDALE, MELBREAK and ASHANTI
to cover minelaying operation by 10th Motor Launch Flotilla off lle de Bas (Operation
HOSTILE 26, part of Operation MAPLE.).
21st - Deployed with HMS ASHANTI to provide cover during further MAPLE
minelay off Ile de Vierge by HM Minelaying Cruiser APOLLO (Operation HOSTILE
22nd - Deployed with HMS ASHANTI and HMCS ATHABASKAN to cover further
minelay off Isle de Vierge by HMS APOLLO.
25th - Deployed with HMS BLACK PRINCE, HMS ASHANTI, HMCS ATHABASKAN and HURON
as Force 26 for an operation in Tunnel Series to intercept coastal traffic in
Bay of Biscay.
26th - Under fire from shore batteries during patrol off French coast. Intercepted
three ELBING Class German destroyers, T24, T27 and T29 which were on passage
for minelay and for cover of coastal convoy. Engaged enemy ships with surface
gunfire after initial radar detection. Force 26 attacked by torpedoes from
Germany destroyers which failed to hit any ship of Force 26. During this engagement Force 26 ships fired torpedoes and engaged
with main armament. Although torpedo attack failed, T29 was sunk by gunfire
north of Ile de Bas in position 48.53N 3.35W. 135 of the enemy ship's company
were killed. The other two ships withdrew. Returned to Plymouth with Battle
Ensigns flying. This was the first destroyer sunk by an RCN ship. (Note: During
entry into Plymouth HMS ASHANTI and HMCS HURON were involved in collision and
both ships had to be taken out of service with Force 26 for repair.).
Deployed for support of
Operation TIGER and carried out patrol in Channel to prevent approach by enemy
E-Boats. None were intercepted. (Note: During following night E-Boats attacked
one of the TIGER convoys sand sank several ships with heavy loss of life. See
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY)
Sailed from Plymouth for
further TUNNEL Operation with HMCS ATHABASKAN.
27th - No convoy attacks were made and ships returned to Plymouth.
28th - Sailed from Plymouth with HMS ATHABASKAN to provide cover for
minelaying operation off Ile de Bas by two motor torpedo boats and eight motor
launches (Operation HOSTILE 26. Note: This was part of MAPLE IE, See Naval
Staff History (Mining).).
29th - During patrol NE of minelayers, warned of presence of enemy ships
on passage between St Malo and Roches Douvres. Ordered to intercept with HMS
ATHABASKAN and obtained radar contact. Engaged two ELBING Class destroyers with
main armament and enemy turned towards coast under smoke and fired torpedoes.
Obtained hits on destroyer T24 and pursued T27 which after being hit was hit
and set on fire before running ashore at Pontuasval, Brittany. During initial
stage of the engagement HMS ATHABASKAN was hit by two torpedoes and sank in
position 48.43N 4.31W after a heavy explosion on board. Minelay operation
cancelled and ship took part in rescue of survivors from sister ship. (Note: 42
personnel were rescued and another 85 made Prisoners of War. Six men
miraculously were able to return to UK in a motor boat and were rescued by an
RAF launch late in the day. 127 of the ships company of HMCS ATHABASKAN lost
Return passage was covered by HM Destroyers OFFA and ORWELL. Arrived
at Plymouth with saddened ship's company after loss of HMCS ATHABASKAN as well as
some of her own crew missing.
Deployed with Flotilla for NEPTUNE exercises.
4th - Took part in Exercise FABIUS east of the Isle of Wight. (See
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY.)
6th - On release from FABIUS returned to Plymouth for duties in Plymouth
15th - Deployed with HM Cruiser BELLONA, HM Destroyer TARTAR to provide
cover for minelay by HMS APOLLO in area west of Ushant. Opened fire on HMS
APOLLO during operation due to communications error (Operation HOSTILE 32. See
Naval Staff History). Operation was abandoned.
16th - Deployed for repeat of HOSTILE 32 west of Ushant with same ships.
Possible interception by three ELBING Class destroyers did not materialise.
20th - Deployed with HMS BELLONA, HMS TARTAR and HMS HURON to cover
minelay by HMS APOLLO north of Ushant (Operation HOSTILE 33).
22nd - Deployed with HMS TARTAR and HMS HURON to cover minelay off
de Vierge by HMS APOLLO (Operation HOSTILE 34).
25th - Deployed with HMS TARTAR and HMS HURON to cover minelay NW of
Ushant by HMS APOLLO (Operation HOSTILE 40. Note: This was the last minelay in
the MAPLE III Series.).
Deployed for support of Operation NEPTUNE based at Plymouth. (Note: Not
attached to either Task Force and required for interception of any enemy
warships attempting to approach transit routes for Assault Convoys.
4th - Operation postponed 24 hours.
5th - Sailed from Plymouth with Flotilla for patrol north of Channel
8th - Interception duties in continuation. Transferred to new patrol
line east-west from 49.30N 5.00W to 49.30N 6.00W on orders from CinC Plymouth
who anticipated a movement of enemy destroyers in attempt to attack invasion
traffic. Reconstituted as Force 26. Change of patrol line ordered and took
passage to 15 miles off Brittany coast. Distance from coast altered by CinC to
20 miles offshore because of mine dangers. Commenced sweep between Ile de Bas
and Ile de Vierge.
9th - Radar contact made and Force 26 ships closed to investigate. Four
ships were T24, an ELBING Class destroyer, Z32 and Z24, both NARVIK Class
destroyers and ZH1, the Ex Dutch destroyer TJERK HEDDES captured after fall of Holland
in May 1940. Enemy ships altered
course and fired torpedoes which were avoided. Engaged with HMS TARTAR, HMS
ASHANTI and HMCS HURON with main and secondary armament at close range. During
the action Z32 was serious damaged and eventually ran ashore on Ile de Bas.
ZH1 was sunk by gunfire and two torpedoes from HMS ASHANTI. Z24 and T24 although
badly damaged were able to escape. HMS TARTAR sustained some damage and had 17
casualties including four killed. Returned to Plymouth with ships of Force 26
after a successful action which did much to ensure safe passage of allied
convoys to the beachhead.
12th - Sailed from Plymouth with HMCS HURON to carry out diversionary
operation to the south of the Channel Island and east of Roches Dourves. (Note:
This was to be in association with planned air attacks.)
13th - Special party which had been embarked carried out W/T transmissions
to suggest possible landings on west coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula. Returned
to Plymouth on release.
14th - Deployed at Plymouth for patrol in English Channel to intercept any
attempts to interfere with convoys to and from beachheads.
24th - Took passage with HMS ESKIMO to provide cover for ant-submarine
operation by ships of 1st Escort Group and Coastal Command aircraft in area
south of Lands End. Diverted to position NW of Ushant where aircraft had
sighted a surfaced submarine. Carried out depth charge attack on a submarine
which had dived after air attack. U971 forced to surface after two hours and
engaged with both main armament and close range weapons from both ships. Hits
on conning tower started fire and crew abandoned the sinking submarine. (For
details see HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR Volume II by C Blair and U-BOATS DESTROYED by P
Kemp.) 53 survivors were rescued.
Landed prisoners at Falmouth and returned to
. Taken in hand for routine
docking and maintenance.
12th - On completion resumed duties with Flotilla.
13th - Deployed with HMS TARTAR and Polish destroyer BLYSKAWICA for
offensive sweep off approaches to Lorient, still in German hands and from which
evacuation by sea was expected.
14th - Returned to Plymouth after unsuccessful patrol. Sailed for
further interception patrol off Lorient with same ships.
15th - Carried out attack on convoy sinking one mercantile and damaging
16th to 31st - Plymouth deployment for interception patrols in continuation.
5th - Deployed with HM Cruiser BELLONA, HMS TARTAR, HMS ASHANTI, HMCS
HAIDA, HMCS IROQUOIS and ORP BLYSKAWICA for interception patrol in Bay of
Biscay as Force 26.
6th - Intercepted evacuation convoy with several escorts near Ile d'Yeu.
During the engagement by ships of Force the explosion of a shell being loaded
into Y Gun caused ten casualties, two of which were fatal. Some damage was
sustained. (Note: In this action German minesweepers M2286 and M486, Patrol
Boat V414 and a launch were sunk. Many hundreds of soldiers being evacuated
lost their lives. Despite the accident, ship
remained with Force 26 and took part in an attack on a second convoy between
Bellisle and Quiberon Bay the result of which was inconclusive. Force 26
ordered to withdraw before daylight and return to Plymouth.
7th - Under repair by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
9th - Funeral of the two members of ships company killed in the
22nd - On completion resumed duties with Flotilla.
30th - Deployed with HMCS IROQUOIS for escort of French cruiser JEANNE
D'ARC for passage in SW Approaches from Algiers to Cherbourg.
31st - Met JEANNE D'ARC which had members of the French Provisional
Government on board and escorted ship to her destination
Deployed at Plymouth and nominated for refit in Canada on release from
service in 10th Destroyer Flotilla.
6th - Deployed with HM Destroyer KELVIN for support
of French Resistance
group to prevent escape of German military personnel from Brest. Whilst off Les
Sables informed of approach of craft carrying Germans attempting to get to La Rochelle.
Two vessels were captured by HMS KELVIN but one sank under tow by ship. Valuable
documentation and other equipment were then given to French group.
8th - Returned to Plymouth to prepare for passage to Canada.
22nd - Sailed for Canada after an address by the CinC Plymouth Command
to thank ship for her distinguished service whilst serving under his
29th - Arrived at Halifax.
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Completed post refit trials in Canadian waters and took passage to
11th - Arrived at Plymouth.
12th - Taken in had for installation of improved radar and modifications
to existing fit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. (Note: For details of development
and use of radar in the Royal Navy see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
Dockyard work in continuation.
22nd - On completion prepared to resume service in 17th Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet.
24th - Carried out trials on radar equipment and took passage to Scapa
Flow for work-up.
28th - Worked-up with Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
On completion joined Flotilla for Home Fleet duties.
19th - Joined HM Destroyers ONSLOW, SERAPIS, ZEST and IROQUOIS (RCN) for
HM Escort Aircraft Carriers PREMIER, SEARCHER, QUEEN and HM Cruiser BELLONA deployed
as Force 1 to cover air minelaying off the coast of Norway. (Operation CUPOLA -
See Naval Staff History (Mining).)
21st - Returned to Scapa Flow with ships of Force 1 on completion.
24th - Joined HM Destroyers ONSLOW, SERAPIS, CARYSFORT, ZEALOUS and
IROQUOIS (RCN) as screen for HM Escort Aircraft Carriers SEARCHER, NAIRANA,
QUEEN and PUNCHER deployed as Force Two for air strikes on shipping off the
coast of Norway (Operation PREFIX I).
26th - In absence of shipping, aircraft carried out attacks on shore
28th - Attacks made on shipping by carrier aircraft which destroyed two
Me109 for the loss of a BARRACUDA aircraft from HMS PUNCHER (Operation PREFIX
29th - Returned to Scapa Flow with ships of Force Two.
Home Fleet deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
7th - Detached for special operation and took passage to Greenock.
8th - Joined seven submarine chasers at Greenock for escort during their
passage in the NW Approaches to join Russian Convoy JW66 forward passage to
Kola Inlet (Operation ROUNDEL).
15th - Arrived at Skaalfjord, Faeroes after delay by extreme weather
conditions which had forced ships to seek shelter in both Loch Ewe and later at
Thurso. Took passage to join destroyers ZEPHYR, ZODIAC, ZEALOUS, ZEST, OFFA,
HURON (RCN), IROQUOIS (RCN) and Norwegian STORD as escort for JW66 with cruiser
BELLONA, and escort carriers VINDEX and NAIRANA. Sloop CYGNET, and corvettes
ALNWICK CASTLE, BAMBOROUGH CASTLE, FARNHAM CASTLE, HONEYSUCKLE, LOTUS and OXLIP
of 7th Escort Group were also part of the close escort. Frigates of 19th
Support Group in support for anti-submarine operations.
22nd - Rescued pilot of aircraft from HMS VINDEX which had crashed
25th - Detached from JW66 with Close Escort on arrival at Kola Inlet. (Note:
Ships of escort carried out anti-submarine attacks in entrance to Kola Inlet to
ensure safe departure of convoy.)
29th - Joined return convoy RA66 on departure from Kola Inlet. (Note:
During anti-submarine operations outside Kola Inlet before departure of RA66,
U307 and U286 were sunk by ships of 19th Support Group, but frigate GOODALL was
torpedoed and sunk by U968. Some survivors were rescued. See above references
Nominated for return to Canada on release from service with RN.
8th - Detached on arrival of RA66 at Greenock. VE Day! Returned to
Scapa Flow with Home Fleet ships.
16th - Deployed with HM Cruiser BERWICK and HMCS HURON for visit to
17th - Arrived at Trondheim to a tumultuous reception with subsequent
23rd - Passage from Trondheim.
24th - Arrived at Scapa Flow.
25th - Sailed from Scapa Flow for passage to Greenock with HMCS HURON.
26th - At Greenock with HMCS HURON and IROQUOIS.
4th - Took passage from Greenock for Halifax with her two sister ships.
10th - Arrived at Halifax to a resounding welcome.
Under refit including tropicalisation to suit service in the Pacific.
After VJ Day ship was nominated for reduction to Reserve status