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and commenced Acceptance Trials.
at Portland on completion of
7th Flotilla as relief for HM Destroyer ESK
and carried out Flotilla and Fleet
to join Humber Force at allocated War Station
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for North Sea patrol to intercept enemy
passage for attacks on Fleet units or to
as commerce raiders.
(For details of naval
deployments at outbreak of war see Naval Staff
History and ENGAGE THE
CLOSELY by C. Barnett.)
Carried out first
patrol off Norway.
Involved in collision with HM Destroyer JERSEY
during patrol with HM Cruisers SOUTHAMPTON
in Skagerrak (Operation SK).
damage. Operation cancelled.
Taken in tow for repair in Tyne
Repair by Hawthorn Leslie commenced
During post repair trials prior to
rejoining Flotilla involved in a further
collision with mercantile ss
Two ratings were killed in after messdeck
and a third
was washed overboard but was
climb back on board.
Taken in tow by HM Destroyer
JUPITER and escorted to Middlesbrough for
Taken in hand for
repair by Smiths Dock.
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On completion of post repair trials
rejoined Flotilla and deployed for convoy
defence and patrol in
(Note: One source records that
on departure from Middlesbrough ship detonated
shaft and returned for repair. To be
completion deployed for North Sea convoy
After sister ship HMS JERVIS sustained
major structural damage after collision with
escorted damaged destroyer to Tyne for repair.
for escort of Trinity House Ship PATRICIA
during lay of navigation buoys in
Deployed with HM Destroyers JANUS, JUNO
and ECLIPSE as escort for Convoy ON25 on
Returned to Kirkwall
with convoy after German invasion of Norway.
Deployed with Flotilla for screening
of Home Fleet major units and support of
Passage to Norwegian
waters and under air attacks.
Escorted HM Battlecruiser REPULSE during
passage from Norwegian coast to Scapa Flow.
Deployed with HM Destroyers JACKAL as
escort for ST MAGNUS, ST SUNNIVA and
CEDARBANK during passage from Aberdeen
taking troops to reinforce landings at
CEDARBANK sunk by torpedo during
Detached on arrival at Rombaksfjord.
Under air attacks.
Escorted merchant ship to Alesund
This ship has insufficient coal to return to
Under further air attacks.
Took passage to UK
Deployed as escort
for HM Cruiser GLASGOW with HMS JAVELIN to
Molde from Scapa Flow.
Sailed from Molde for Malangen
Fjord near Tromso
HMS JACKAL as escort for HMS
(Note: HMS GLASGOW had embarked
HM King Haakon of
and members of the
Norwegian Government with a
quantity of bullion.
Detached with HMS JACKAL after
passengers disembarked from HMS GLASGOW at Malangen
resumed support duties.
Flotilla duties in support of Norwegian
Deployed with HMS
JAVELIN as escort for military convoy to
On arrival diverted with convoy to Mo
for support of landing of the troops.
Provided naval gunfire support with HM
Cruiser ENTERPRISE during the
landings and came
under sustained air attacks.
Returned to Scapa Flow.
(Note: For details of the
disastrous operations off Norway
see NARVIK by D
Macintyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J
Winton, THE DOOMED
EXPEDITION by J Adams
and The Naval
Transferred to 1st Flotilla and deployed
in Nore Command at Harwich for support of
North Sea convoy
Escorted HM Trawlers GRAMPIAN, PELTON,
JAMES LAY, MILFORD
PRINCES and CAPE MELVILLE
with HMS JAGUAR
Corvette PUFFIN to cut commercial cables for
off coast of Norfolk (Operation
Transferred to Dover Command with ships
of Flotilla to assist in evacuation
of allied troops
from beaches and harbour at Dunkirk
Rescued survivors from merchant ship
sunk by torpedo. Remained off
and embarked troops from boats. Took
passage to Dover with 900
(Note: Further men were not
embarked as ship stability affected by
Returned to Dunkirk after
disembarking troops at Dover.
Entered harbour to embark
troops and under air attacks.
Took passage to Dover with 850
After return to Dunkirk
ordered to take passage to Sheerness for duty
force and withdrawn from DYNAMO.
(For details of DYNAMO see NINE
DAYS AT DUNKIRK by AD Divine
Naval Staff History.)
Pennant Number for visual
signalling purposes changed to G61.
Sheerness and remained on call for new
Released from duty at Sheerness and
took passage to Humber for delayed routine
Taken in hand by Brigham and Cowan
shipyard in Hull
(Note: Modified RAF Air-Surface
radar set fitted during this period.
This was designated Naval Type
286. For details of development and
radar by RN see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
On completion transferred to 5th
Destroyer Flotilla based at Immingham for
and interception duties in North Sea.
(Note: Other ships in Flotilla
were HM Destroyers JACKAL, JUPITER,
KELVIN, KASHMIR and
later by HMS JACKAL.
Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten
was Senior Officer of the Flotilla and
in HMS JAVELIN during some patrols.
North Sea deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
for duty with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow
Deployed as escort for HM Auxiliary
Minelayers SOUTHERN PRINCE,
NAPIER, PORT QUEBEC
and MENESTHEUS of 1st Minelaying
HM Destroyers INGLEFIELD, JAGUAR.
(HM Cruiser CAIRO
as AA Guardship
during minelay in Moray
North Sea Mine Barrier (Operation SN12 – See
Naval Staff History (Mining).)
On completion resumed detached service
at Scapa Flow for patrol and screening duties.
with escort for initial stage of passage in NW
Approaches for ships taking part
in planned landing
of Free French troops at Dakar
Escorted damaged cruiser HMS FIJI to Clyde
HMS FIJI was part of assault force on passage
to West Africa.)
On release from detached service
with Home Fleet resumed service with Flotilla.
with Flotilla to Plymouth Command for duties
in English Channel.
(Note: This deployment was made
in consequence of the movement of the
German destroyers KARL GASTNER, HANS
LODY, FRIEDRICH IHN,
RICHARD BEITZEN and ERICH
STEINBRINK from Wilhemshaven
which posed a threat to convoys from mines and
at Plymouth for interception
patrols and convoy defence
Joined HM Battleship REVENGE with H M
JUPITER, KASHMIR and KIPLING to carry out
bombardment of Cherbourg.
Took part in bombardment covered
by HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE and EMERALD,
On completion escorted HMS REVENGE with
ships of Flotilla during the return passage
Detached on arrival and sailed
for refit at Immingham
Taken in hand for
refit by Humber Graving Dock.
Post refit trials
Sailed for Plymouth
to rejoined Flotilla for interception patrols.
Sailed from Plymouth
with HM Destroyers JACKAL, JUPITER, JERSEY and
to intercept German
destroyers reported by an aircraft on
passage in Channel from Brest.
Deployed on patrol line
between Lands End and Start Point.
destroyers which had attacked convoy off
Start Point sinking two ships.
Took part in night action
against KARL GASTNER, HANS LODY and RICHARD
which enemy ships fired torpedoes.
Hit by torpedo forward and another
Complete bow structure forward
of gun mounting demolished and after structure
with extensive fire caused when magazine
Major flooding of other
compartments and ship totally disabled. Only
155 feet of original
353 feet length of hull
remained. 46 of ship’s company lost their
For full details see DESTROYER MAN
by AF Pugsley who
was in command of the ship.
Casualties were taken off by HMS
JACKAL and the other ships returned to scene
chase of the German destroyers.
Air attacks were driven off by
RAF aircraft and ship taken in tow to Plymouth
by a Falmouth
escorted by HMS KASHMIR.
Arrived at Plymouth and
taken in hand for repair by Devonport
(Note: Captain Lord Mountbatten
was on board the ship during this action and
in command of
Flotilla. The execution of this attack has
been the subject of much criticism.
reference, HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
by C Barnett.)
off into Dockyard Control and under repair.
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repair. Bow and stern structures
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and on completion of post refit trials took
passage to Scapa Flow.
for operational service with ships of Home
completion deployed with Home Fleet for
screening of major ships.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
BEDOUIN, ECHO, ECLIPSE,
ESKIMO, FAULKNOR, FURY, GROVE,
ICARUS, INCONSTANT, JAVELIN,
LEDBURY, LOOKOUT, ONSLOW,
PUNJABI, TARTAR, VERDUN,
WELLS and WOOLSTON as screen for HM
Battleships KING GEORGE V and
DUKE OF YORK,
HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS,
HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, HM
Cruisers BERWICK and KENYA
to provide cover
passage of Russian Convoy PQ12 to Murmansk
and the return convoy QP8 to Iceland..
(For details of all Russian
convoys see CONVOYS TO RUSSIAN by RA
CONVOY! by P Kemp,
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B. Schoefield
CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
On return to Scapa Flow
nominated for support of planned British
Prepared for foreign
service and took passage to Clyde.
Joined military convoy WS17 with HM
Destroyers INCONSTANT and PAKENHAM
of escort during Atlantic passage.
(Note: Ocean Escort included HM
Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS.)
HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE
and HM Armed Merchant Cruiser ALCANTARA
with screen of
three destroyers joined Ocean Escort.
Detached from WS17 and took passage to
Joined Convoy WS17A with HM Destroyers
ACTIVE, ANTHONY, LAFOREY,
LOOKOUT, LIGHTNING, PAKENHAM and
INCONSTANT as Ocean Escort during
(Note: Convoy WS17 had split at Freetown
into two Sections, WS17A and WS17B
made separate passage to Cape of Good Hope.
Detached from WS17A on arrival at Durban
and joined 14th Destroyer Flotilla for service
in Indian Ocean.
at Durban and prepared for support
Took part in
support of landings at Diego Suarez and
provided gunfire support.
anti-submarine defence of assembled ships.
(For details of IRONCLAD see
RELUCTANT ENEMIES by W Tute,
and Naval Staff History.)
On release from IRONCLAD transferred
with Flotilla for service at
to Alexandria via Aden and Suez Canal.
Passage in Red Sea
Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet for Fleet
duties in eastern Mediterranean.
Sailed from Alexandria
with H M Destroyers HASTY, HERO, INCONSTANT,
KELVIN, NAPIER, NESTOR, NIZAM,
NORMAN, PAKENHAM, PALADIN, SIKH
ZULU as screen for HM Cruisers ARETHUSA,
DIDO, EURYALUS, HERMIONE and NEWCASTLE
to join Convoy MW11 which had
earlier from Egypt
Met convoy and came under air attacks.
threat of attack by U77 which was beaten off
by HMS PAKENHAM.
Under attack by German E-Boats during
which HMS NEWCASTLE was hit by a torpedo
to return to Alexandria. HMS HASTY
was also torpedoed and had to be sunk
(Note: HMS HOTSPUR had been part
of escort for Convoy MW11A from Haifa
MW11B and merged to form MW11 for passage to
Convoy ordered to reverse course
following report of threat of attack by an
reported by aircraft.
Under heavy and sustained air
attacks but earlier order rescinded and convoy
(Note: During these attacks HM
Cruisers ARETHUSA and BIRMINGHAM HM
Destroyers AIREDALE, NESTOR
(RAN) and HM Battleship CENTURION were
HMS CENTURION, had been disguised as a
battleship of the KING
GEORGE V Class.)
HMAS NESTOR in tow.
Owing to heavy expenditure of AA
ammunition and despite further order from CinC
operation was abandoned and ship took passage
to return to Alexandria
Tow terminated during passage and HMAS
NESTOR scuttled after her crew were
Returned to Alexandria.
(For details of this disastrous,
confused and ill-directed operation see THE
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
by D Macintyre and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
Retained for service in Mediterranean
with 14th Destroyer Flotilla.
Deployed at Alexandria
for convoy defence, patrol and military
bombardment at Mersa
further bombardment at Mersa
Flotilla duties in continuation.
bombardment at Rhodes.
Flotilla duties on completion
bombardment at Daba.
Flotilla duties in eastern
Mediterranean including support of military
Deployed with HM Cruiser EURYALUS, HM
Destroyers JERVIS, KELVIN, NUBIAN,
PAKENHAM, PALADIN and PETARD as
escort for Convoy MW13 to Malta
(Note: This was the first
westward convoy passage to be attempted air
cover from North
was available due to advance of the 8th Army
Detached from MW13 after HM Destroyers
ALDENHAM, BEAUFORT, BELVOIR,
CROOME, DULVERTON, EXMOOR,
HURSLEY, HURWORTH, TETCOTT and Greek
PINDOS arrived as escort for passage to Malta.
to Alexandria with Fleet destroyers.
Sailed from Alexandria
with same Fleet destroyers as screen for HM
CLEOPATRA, DIDO and ORION to
provide cover for passage of Convoy MW13 to
Under air attacks off Derna
after joining MW13 and HMS ARETHUSA hit by
be towed back to Alexandria by HMS
Detached from MW13 covering
force and escorted HMS PETARD during tow of
(See above references and THE
CROSS AND THE ENSIGN by P Elliot.)
Transferred to Malta
with HM Destroyers JERVIS, KELVIN and NUBIAN
enemy supply convoys to North Africa as screen
Cruisers CLEOPATRA and
DIDO as Force
at Malta with
Force K for convoy interception.
Took part in attack on convoy in Gulf
with HMS JERVIS, KELVIN and NUBIAN
which Italian destroyer LUPO was sunk whilst
rescuing survivors from SS VELOCE
an early convoy attack.
Deployed with HMS CLEOPATRA, HMS DIDO,
HMS JERVIS, HMS KELVIN and HMS
NUBIAN and carried out
successful attack on convoy off Tunisia.
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Force K deployment in
Sank three small schooners off Kuriat
during interception patrol.
Deployed with HMS PAKENHAM off Lampedusa
and attacked supply convoy escorted
torpedo boats and sank naval auxiliary.
Intercepted Italian convoy north of Tripoli
with HMS KELVIN and sank all eleven ships
deployment in continuation. Escort
for convoy to Alexandria.
for interception patrols with ships of Force K
Deployed with ships based in Malta
to establish blockade of Cape Bon area to
attempting to evacuation enemy personnel from
North African coast after the
of the Afrika
Corps (Operation RETRIBUTION – See above
Deployed with Fleet units and
ships of Flotilla for bombardment of Pantellaria
by British troops. (Operation CORKSCREW – See
refit in UK. for
passage to UK
as part of escort for military convoy
Taken in hand for
refit by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Under refit by HM Dockyard.
Nominated for service with 10th
Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
9 4 4
Under refit and carried out
Carried out post refit trials and took
passage to Scapa Flow.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
ESKIMO, HAIDA (RCN),
TARTAR, Polish destroyer BLYSKAWICA and Polish
ORP PIORUN of 10th Flotilla.
Fleet deployment for screening duties during
operations off Norway
service in support of planned allied landings
– For details of naval activities prior to and
see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and
Transferred to Plymouth
with Flotilla and took part in exercises prior
Deployed with Flotilla to carry
out patrols between Gulf of St
Malo and Ushant
of enemy surface craft attempting to attack
cross Channel military
or coastal traffic.
patrol north of Ushant.
Following aircraft sighting of two
NARVIK Class destroyers and an
(TJERK HIDDES) carried out search with
Flotilla but did not find the
Returned to Plymouth with
Flotilla on relief by 23rd Destroyer
Deployed with Flotilla NE of Ushant
to intercept NARVIK Class ships
on passage in the area from Brest.
In action against German destroyers
with ships of Flotilla 20 miles NW of Ile
which TJERK HIDDES was sunk, NARVIK Z32 driven
wrecked. NARVIK was damage and the ELBING
Class T24 was
return to Brest.
(See LANDINGS IN NORMANDY for
Retained in Channel area with Flotilla
based at Plymouth after NEPTUNE
Deployed at Plymouth
for interception of enemy convoys in Bay of
Channel coast with ships of Flotilla.
During return passage to Plymouth
after interception patrol off Ushant
with HMS ESKIMO and sustained major damage
aft. Three of ship’s
were killed and one injured.
Steering for remainder of
passage was by main engines.
Taken in hand for
temporary repair by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
Passage to Belfast for
One source records at Liverpool
– to be confirmed.)
Taken in hand by
Harland and Wolff shipyard.
for service in Mediterranean with 14th
Flotilla and re-commissioned.
Completion of repair and prepared for
post refit trials.
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Passage to Scapa Flow
on completion of post refit
Worked-up with ships of Home
Fleet for operational service
passage to join Flotilla in Mediterranean on
Arrived at Alexandria and
Withdrawn from Flotilla duties for replacement
of boiler tubes at Alexandria.
Boiler tube replacement work in
Resumed Flotilla duties on completion
of post repair trials.
Remained with Flotilla in Mediterranean
after VE Day and deployed for Fleet duties
and support of re-occupation requirements at
(Note: Ships on passage to Far
East were worked-up for service in the
exercises with Fleet units.)