Destroyer ordered from JS
White at Cowes Isle of Wight under the 1937
Programme and laid down on 26th October 1937.
was launched on 19th January 1939 as the 1st
RN ship to carry the name Build was completed
22nd December 1939. Following a successful
WARSHIP WEEK campaign for National Savings in
1941 this ship was adopted by the civil
community of Brighton, East Sussex.
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ATLANTIC 1939 -
NORWAY 1940 - CRETE 1941 - MEDITERRANEAN
1941 - MALTA CONVOYS 1941-42 - LIBYA 1941-2
- SIRTE 1942
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Contractors trials and commissioned
for service in 5th Destroyer Flotilla, Home
Build completion and commenced
On completion took
passage to Portland for weapon calibration and
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Worked-up at Portland for
operational service with Flotilla.
in machinery found
Took passage from Portland to Clyde
Taken in hand at Barclay Curle
shipyard for repair by Yarrow personnel.
(Note: Turbine gearing
defects repaired by
Fairfield Shipbuilders of Govan
Under repair and prepared for
post repair machinery sea trials
On completion took passage to join
Flotilla in North Sea for convoy defence and
Commenced Flotilla duties at Scapa
(Note: One source
records that ship was deployed with HMS
February in an operation connected with HM
SPHINX sank on 4th February after damage in an
air attack on
February this may refer to an attempt to
salvage the ship that had
and drifted ashore north of Lobster. Further
Taken in hand for repair at Hawthorn
Leslie shipyard in Newcastle.
Defects including leaks
from reserve feed water system, common to this
destroyer were dealt with and had made
necessary withdrawal from service.)
Passage from Tyne to resume Home
(Note: Ships of
Flotilla were deployed for support of
operations off Norway.)
Sailed from Scapa
Flow with HM Destroyers JANUS, JUNO and
screen for HM
Cruiser SUFFOLK during operation to carry out
bombardment of airfield
Norway (Operation DUCK). For details see NAVAL
CAMPAIGN IN NORWAY April to
June 1940 (HMSO). )
During return passage under heavy and
sustained air attacks in position 39.40N
Hit by two bombs
which caused major damage in structure
including machinery mountings.
Repair arranged at Southampton and at
Humber Graving Dock for machinery.
Passage to Solent.
Taken in hand for repair at
Number for visual
signalling purposes changed to G91.
On completion took passage from
Southampton to Humber
Taken in hand for machinery repair
at Humber Graving Dock.
On completion took passage to resume
Home Fleet duties.
Arrived at Scapa
Flow for deployment.
Further defects discovered during
Home Fleet deployment
Taken in hand for repair by HM
Resumed Home Fleet duties
Deployed in English Channel
with Flotilla for convoy escort and patrol
collision with mercantile QUEEN MAUD during
escort of convoy.
(Note: One source
records the other ship was a transport and
This series of convoys did not start till
1942. Further research
Under repair by HM Dockyard Devonport.
Resumed service at Plymouth with 5th
Deployed with HM Destroyers JACKAL,
JUPITER, KASHMIR and KELVIN
as screen for HM
Cruiser NEWCASTLE to intercept German warships
to attack shipping
in SW Approaches.
Withdrawn from service for repair
and took passage to Tyne for repair
Taken in hand for mechanical repair
at commercial shipyard in Newcastle
On completion of post repair trials
took passage to rejoin Flotilla at Plymouth.
Channel deployment in
Provided escort for HM Cruiser
ADVENTURE with HM Destroyers KASHMIR and
JUPITER for lay
of minefield on Little Sole Bank in SW
Approaches (Operation GQ1).
Deployed as escort for HM
Destroyer ICARUS with HM Destroyers KASHMIR
PUNJABI for lay
of minefield off Isle de Bas (Operation GR).
to Plymouth with HMS ICARUS when operation was
cancelled due to
in the minelayer.)
Joined military convoy WS5A in
Clyde with HM Destroyers KELVIN, OTTAWA (RCN),
ST LAURENT (RCN)
and Polish destroyer ORP PIORUN for Local
Escort during passage
Detached from WS5A with Local Escort
and returned to Clyde.
Return passage to Plymouth.
Deployed for escort of damaged cruiser
HMS KENT during passage in SW
(Note: HMS KENT
had been hit by a torpedo and badly damaged
Fort Capuzzo in September and was returning to
UK for repair.)
Arrived at Plymouth with HMS KENT.
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Flotilla deployment in Channel
and SW Approaches in continuation.
Deployed with HMS KASHMIR and HMS
JACKAL as escort for ships of 20th Destroyer
minelay off Brest (Operation GS)
Deployed with HMS KASHMIR as escort
for HM Fast Minelayer ABDIEL for minelay
Brest (Operation GV).
minelaying operations off Brest were carried
out because of the arrival of the
warships GNEISENAU and SCHARNHORST and
intended to restrict
during their departure. HMS ABDIEL had
this was her
first operation. Other ships of the 5th
Flotilla provided escort for
by destroyers of 20th Destroyer Flotilla on
Rescued 13 survivors from
BOLETTE which had been sunk in an air attack.
Transferred to Mediterranean with
HM Destroyers JERSEY, JUPITER, KASHMIR and
for foreign service.
Took passage from Plymouth with
ships of Flotilla for service in Malta as a
for attacks on
shipping supporting military operations in
Joined HM Cruisers ABDIEL, DIDO,
HM Destroyers JACKAL, JERSEY, KASHMIR,
and KELVIN at Gibraltar to form Force S and
took passage to Malta as part
of escort for
reinforcement ships for Mediterranean Fleet
for the transit of this convoy and also for
concurrent Operation DUNLOP
launch aircraft from HM Aircraft Carrier ARK
ROYAL for use in Malta was
by ships of Force H based at Gibraltar.)
Arrived in Malta with ships of
Force S and deployed with Flotilla as Force K
on shipping to
North Africa for support of enemy military
For details of
naval operations in the Mediterranean see
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by C
Barnett, THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D
MALTA CONVOYS by
R Woodman and THE NAVAL WAR IN THE
by J Greene and
relief of ships of the 14th Destroyer Flotilla
as Force K enabled them to
Ship BRECONSHIRE to Alexandria for more supplies
garrison. For details see above references and
by R Woodman.)
Deployed with Force K to intercept
supply convoy on passage to North Africa.
Returned to Malta and detached
before the other ships entered Grand Harbour.
HMS KASHMIR as screen for HMS GLOUCESTER
entrance to Grand Harbour was blocked by wreck
of HMS JERSEY
had sunk after
detonating a recently laid mine
Arrived at Gibraltar with HMS
GLOUCESTER and HMS KASHMIR.
GLOUCESTER was damaged during passage through
when a mine exploded in her paravane gear,
Deployed with HMS KIPLING and HMS
GLOUCESTER as Force D for defence
convoy during passage to Malta and joined
convoy near Gibraltar.
Rejoined Flotilla after TIGER
convoy escort was reinforced by ships of
Fleet off Malta
and deployed with screen.
Detached from TIGER convoy screen
with ships of Force K and took passage to
bombardment with Flotilla at Benghazi before
return to resume strike duties in Malta.
Arrived at Malta with HM
Destroyers KELLY, JACKAL, KELVIN and KIPLING.
Sailed from Malta with HMS KELLY
and HMS KASHMIR for support of defence of
Deployed for patrol off Crete for
interception of invasion craft.
HMS KELLY and HMS KASHMIR after steering
Under heavy and
sustained attacks by dive-bombers.
defect probably saved ship from damage in the
later bombing when
and HMS KASHMIR were sunk.
Rescued 279 survivors from HMS
KELLY and HMS KASHMIR including Captain
Mountbatten, Senior Officer of 5th
Destroyer Flotilla embarked in HMS KELLY.
During the rescue
struck wreck of HMS KELLY which caused oil
leak and reduction of speed
During passage to Alexandria came
under several air attacks causing damage by
Ship disabled by
lack of oil fuel due to leaks and provided
with supply by HM Netlayer
resumed passage to Alexandria.
Landed survivors at Alexandria.
Taken in hand for
repair at Alexandria.
included structure in Shell Room and leaks in
Boiler Room and fuel tank.)
Transferred to 7th
Destroyer Flotilla and joined HM Destroyers
JERVIS, JACKAL, LIVELY,
NAPIER and NIZAM
for support of military operations against
Vichy French in Syria.
(Note: Ships of
Mediterranean Fleet based at Alexandria
provided naval gunfire support,
of commando parties and convoy defence against
release from EXPORTER deployed
for convoy escort in eastern Mediterranean and
of garrison at
Tobruk with ships of Flotilla
Eastern Mediterranean Flotilla
deployment in continuation.
Deployed for escort of convoys to
and from Tobruk and transport of stores and
General Sikorski embarked for visit to Polish
troops at Tobruk.)
Deployed with HM Destroyers NAPIER
(RAN), NIZAM (RAN), JACKAL and JERVIS as
screen for HM
Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH, BARHAM and
VALIANT during Fleet
operation to cover
search by cruisers and Force K from Malta for
supply convoys in eastern
In company with HMS
BARHAM when sunk by U331 with heavy loss of
Took part in
support in continuation
Deployed with HM Destroyers
JACKAL, JERVIS and JAGUAR to intercept three
Under air attack
south of Crete during which HMS JACKAL was hit
and steering disabled.
destroyer back to Alexandria with HMS JERVIS
and HMS JAGUAR.
Arrived at Alexandria.
Rescued 200 survivors from HM Armed
Boarding Vessel CHAKDINA sunk in air attacks
by U81 off Libyan
Sank U75 off Mersa Matruh in
position 31.50N 26.40E after 2 ˝ hour
hunt following the
of British ss VOLO.
escorted seven convoys in support of Tobruk).
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Deployed with HM Cruisers DIDO,
EURYALUS, NAIAD, HM Destroyers FOXHOUND,
KINGSTON and SIKH as
Force B for escort of HM Supply Ship GLENGYLE
during passage to
Malta (Operation MF2)
Took over escort of HM Supply Ship
BRECONSHIRE for passage into Alexandria when
escort to Malta
transferred to Force C in position west of
Returned to Alexandria with HMS
Sailed from Alexandria as screen for
HMS DIDO, EURYALUS, NAIAD, HMS FOXHOUND,
HMS HAVOCK, HMS
HOTSPUR and KELVIN designated Force B to cover
Convoy MW8A to
Malta (Operation MF3)
Convoy MW8B which sailed later merged
with Convoy MW8A.
Escort transferred to ships of Force
K from Malta and took passage to Alexandria
Force B and close
escort for MW8.
Arrived at Alexandria after
unsuccessful air attacks.
Deployed as Force B with HM Cruisers
DIDO, EURYALUS, NAIAD, HM Destroyers
KINGSTON, JAGUAR, HASTY, ARROW and Dutch
ISAAC SWEERS to
provide cover for passage of HMS BRECONSHIRE
Escort for HMS BRECONSHIRE taken over
by ships of by Force K from Malta.
Alexandria with ships of Force B escorting ss
ROWALLAN CASTLE and
Deployed for escort of convoys to
Cyprus when not required for Fleet duties.
Sailed from Alexandria with
ships of Force B
to provided cover for passage of Convoys
MW9A/B to Malta
(Note: MW9A of two
mercantiles sailed on 12th escorted by HM
screen of four destroyers. MW9B consisting of
ss ROWALLAN CASTLE
by four HUNT Class destroyers later that day.)
also included HM Cruisers DIDO, EURYALUS and
GRIFFIN, HASTY, HAVOCK, JAGUAR, JERVIS and
Convoys merged and
under air attack during which ss CLAN CAMPBELL
detached under escort for passage to Tobruk.
Under heavy and sustained air attacks
during which the remained two mercantiles were
For details of this
disastrous operation see above references.
Took passage to
Alexandria with Force B escorting eastward
Convoy ME10 of four ships
BRECONSHIRE which had been escorted from Malta
by Force K.
Transferred to 14th Destroyer
Deployed with HM Destroyers JERVIS,
KIPLING, KELVIN, LIVELY,
HASTY, HAVOCK and
HERO as screen for HMS NAIAD and EURYALUS in
search for convoy
Joined by HM Cruiser CLEOPATRA and HM
Destroyer KINGSTON for return passage.
Under heavy and
sustained bombing and torpedo attacks by
aircraft which were repelled
by heavy AA fire.
Force under attack
by U565 north of Mersa Matruh during which HMS
NAIAD was hit
by torpedo and sank
in 20 minutes.
Took part in rescue
of survivors with HMS JERVIS and HMS LIVELY
(Note: 77 of ships
company of HMS NAIAD were lost. Flag of
Admiral Vian was
to HMS DIDO.)
Deployed with HM Destroyers ,JERVIS,
KELVIN and KINGSTON of 14th Flotilla as screen
for HM Cruisers
CLEOPATRA, DIDO and EURYALUS designated Force
B to provide
for passage of
Convoy MW10 to Malta (Operation MG1)
comprised HMAS BRECONSHIRE and three
mercantiles escorted by HMS
and six destroyers.)
Convoy under threat of attack by
Italian battle squadron which included the
BANDE NERE, GORIZIA and TRENTO with destroyer
Deployed in striking
force with HMS JERVIS, KELVIN and KINGSTON for
Convoy detached to
south with HMS CARLISLE and HUNT Class
Took part in
engagement with Italian warships and joined in
torpedo attack under cover
of smoke screen.
Fired five torpedoes by local control (2nd
Battle of Sirte).
exchange of fire HMS CLEOPATRA, HMS EURYALUS,
LIVELY and KINGSTON were hit. LITTORIO
sustained one shell hit.
details of this renowned and brilliantly
executed defence of MW10 see the
references, the Naval
Staff History and MEDITERRANEAN MAELSTROM
Two ships of MW10 arrived in Malta but
were later sunk by air attacks. One was HMS
plated a very significant part in many relief
operations to Malta.)
(Note: No other
convoy was passed to Malta from Alexandria
until November 1942)
Returned to Alexandria with ships of
Alexandria deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
Carried out landing of Royal Marines at
Kuphoris, Crete to destroy a wireless station.
(Note: One source records
despatch from Alexandria to assist Hospital
set on fire after air attack near Alexandria.
fighting party placed on board.
Alexandria on relief by HM Destroyer HASTY
Deployed with HM Destroyers JACKAL,
JERVIS and LIVELY to intercept convoy
passage in eastern
Mediterranean to Benghazi (Operation MG2).
under heavy and sustained attacks
by 14 Ju 88 bombers based in Crete.
HMS LIVELY was hit
and sank quickly with loss of 76 members of
(Note: Loss of HMS
LIVELY with main armament of HA weapons
deprived the ships of
significant part of the
available AA defence as the other two ships
fit of AA weapons.)
Hit during a second
attack by aircraft based in Greece and also
25 of the ships
company lost their lives.
(Note: HMS JACKAL
was also hit and set on fire during the later
in tow by HMS JERVIS the stricken ship had to
sunk on 12th..
survivors were rescued by HMS JWERVIS1
Destroyers HASTY and SIKH escorted HMS JERVIS
later that day. Some of the
wounded died after rescue and were buried
ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS KIPLING
convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
convoy as escort