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trials and commissioned for service.
February Build completion and commenced
completion of trials, storing and weapon system calibration passage to Scapa Flow for
work-up with ships of Home Fleet.
with HM Cruiser MANCHESTER in NW Approaches for patrol
to intercept enemy
shipping attempting return to Germany and of commerce raiders on passage to attack
Intercepted and captured German
freighter WAHEHE .Provided a boarding party to take ship
to Kirkwall as a Prize. (See THE BLOCKADERS by C Hampshire.)
March Home Fleet
deployment in continuation.
of screen for HM Battleships RODNEY and VALIANT, HM Battlecruiser REPULSE
and cruisers of Home Fleet during search in NW Approaches
for German ships reported on
passage to Atlantic.
German invasion of Norway remained with screen during passage to support allied
in Norway (Operation WILFRED/R4).
Detached with HM Destroyers
BEDOUIN, ESKIMO and PUNJABI to assist HM Destroyer
was under attack by German battleship HIPPER.
(Note: HMS GLOWWORM was sunk with heavy loss of life.)
with HM Destroyer ESKIMO and HM Cruiser PENELOPE to attacks transports
reported at Bodo. During entry
into fjord at Fleinvaer HMS PENELOPE ran aground
to be towed clear by HMS ESKIMO.
Entered fjord but found no ships
and returned as escort for tow during return passage to Fleet
part in 2nd Battle of Narvik and attempted to tow HM Destroyer COSSACK which
damaged in action with German destroyers and disabled. This was unsuccessful.
HMS COSSACK was later towed successfully by HM Destroyer FORESTER)
Returned to Scapa Flow.
For details of the disastrous operations off Norway see NARVIK by D Macintyre,
CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
C Barnett, THE DOOMED EXPEDITION
by J Adams and Naval Staff History.)
for transfer to Mediterranean and prepared for foreign service.
Damage during Norwegian
Pennant Number for visual
signalling purposes changed to G50.
16th Took passage to Mediterranean with HM Destroyers KANDAHAR and KHARTOUM.
arrival at Alexandria nominated for service in Red Sea with HM Destroyers KANDAHAR,
KINGSTON and KHARTOUM.
This was part of a series of precautions in anticipation of war with Italy which had
and submarines based in Eritrea.)
for convoy defence in Red Sea
August Nominated for
support of evacuation of British nationals from Berbera,
Joined HM Cruisers CALEDON, HOBART (RAN), CERES and CARLISLE, HM Sloops
PARAMATTA (RAN), SHOREHAM and AUCKLAND, HM Armed Boarding Vessels
CHAKDINA, LAOMEDON and Hospital Ship VITA with HMS KANDAHAR.
16th Assisted in evacuation during which over 7,000 people were
embarked for passage to Aden.
military convoy WS2A as Local Escort for passage in Red Sea with HM Cruiser
SHROPSHIRE, HMS AUCKLAND and HM Sloop
of escort for Convoy BN7 with HM Cruiser LEANDER and five Sloops of East Indies
21st Under attack by four Italian destroyers 150 miles east of Massawa.
Engaged Italian FRANCISCO NULLO
and driven ashore on Harmi Island.
Fired torpedo at enemy ship and
came under fire from shore batteries.
damage in engine room which disabled ship.
Taken in tow
for passage to Port Sudan by HMS LEANDER.
27th Under repair.
passage to resume convoy defence duties but with reduced speed capability.
troopships DUCHESS OF YORK and GEORGIC from Aden with HM Cruiser
CALEDON to rejoin military convoy WS3 in Red Sea.
and returned to Aden.
military convoy WS4B with HM Cruiser CARLISLE and HMS
during passage in Red Sea.
from WS4B and returned to Aden.
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to Bombay to complete repairs.
February Under repair by HM Dockyard Bombay.
March Passage to
rejoin Mediterranean Fleet at Alexandria.
with Mediterranean Fleet.
of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE with HM Destroyers GRIFFIN,
and KINGSTON during passage to Suda Bay with Fleet units prior to planned
bombardment of Tripoli as Force C (Operation MD2)
21st Remained off shore with HMS FORMIDABLE during bombardment.
22nd Deployed with Fleet screen during return passage to Alexandria after completion of MD2.
23rd Arrived at Alexandria with Fleet units.
as escort for Convoy AG15 to Pireaus with HM
Destroyer VAMPIRE (RAN) and
27th Took part in evacuation of allied troops from Raphti, Greece.
29th Took part in evacuation from Kalamata.
from Kalamata after three trips carrying evacuated
(See Naval Staff History and BATTLE OF THE WINE DARK SEA by L Lind.)
with HM Destroyers GRIFFIN, HAVOCK, HEREWARD,
HERO, HOTSPUR, JERVIS, JUNO, KANDAHAR, KINGSTON,
NIZAM and NUBIAN
screen for HMS FORMIDABLE, HM Battleships BARHAM, VALIANT and WARSPITE,
HM Cruisers ORION, PERTH and ABDIEL to provide cover for passage of convoys in
Mediterranean (Operation MD4).
These convoys were MW7 from Egypt to Malta and military convoy from Malta to
Alexandria with tanks for 8th Army (Operation
with Fleet screen after ME7 detached to enter Malta.
with Fleet screen during cover for passage of TIGER convoy to Alexandria.
at Alexandria with Fleet units after unsuccessful air attacks.
with screen for Fleet units providing cover for convoys on passage to reinforce
defence of Crete.
with HM Destroyers JANUS, HASTY and HEREWARD as screen for HM Cruisers
DIDO, ORION and AJAX as Force D.
invasion convoy with Force D north of Crete
and sank several craft.
23rd Took part in bombardment of airfield at Scarpanto.
with HM Destroyers DECOY, HOTSPUR, HEREWARD, IMPERIAL and JACKAL
as screen for HMS AJAX and HMS DIDO during search operation
in Kaso Strait to intercept
25th Passage to Alexandria.
from Alexandria with HM Cruisers AJAX, ORION and DIDO, HM Destroyers
HOTSPUR, HEREWARD, IMPERIAL and JACKAL for evacuation of troops
29th At Heraklion and ferried troops to
and sustained air attacks during return passage.
HMS AJAX and HMS DIDO were both badly damaged.)
For details of the disastrous Crete
operations see above references and CRETE by
31st Passage to Crete.
part in evacuation of troops from Sphakia.
for support of military operations in Syria with HM Destroyers KANDAHAR,
JACKAL, JANUS and HM Cruiser
PHOEBE (Operation EXPORTER – See RELUCTANT
ENEMIES by W Tute and THE NAVAL WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN by J Greene
and A Massignani.)
off Syria for patrol to intercept Vichy French destroyers
attempting to provide
support to defending military units.
Provided naval gunfire support.
HMS JANUS in tow after being disabled during engagement with Vichy French
air attack by Vichy French aircraft during passage to Haifa.
out bombardment of Khan bridge area in support of
15th During deployment off Beirut in action with French destroyer
GUEPARD and VALMY.
support deployment in continuation.
out further support bombardment.
release from EXPORTER deployed at Alexandria for Flotilla duties.
as screen for HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH and VALIANT, HM Cruisers
AJAX, CARLISLE, HOBART
(RAN), LEANDER, NAIAD, NEPTUNE, PHOEBE, ABDIEL
LATONA with HM Destroyers HASTY, HAVOCK, JACKAL, JAGUAR, JERVIS,
NIZAM and NUBIAN during diversionary operation in eastern
Mediterranean (Operation MD5).
This was to divert enemy attention from progress of a Malta relief convoy from
Gibraltar (Operation SUBSTANCE).
August Deployed for
support of Tobruk and screening of Fleet units during
to search for enemy supply convoys.
November Transferred to join HM Cruisers
AURORA and PENELOPE in Force K based in Malta
for interception of enemy supply convoys to North Africa.
to Malta with HM Cruisers AJAX, NEPTUNE and HMS KINGSTON to
K. HM Cruisers EURYALUS and NAIAD screened by two destroyers provided
cover for this transit.
with HMS AURORA, HMS PENELOPE, HMS AJAX, HMS NEPTUNE and
HMS KINGSTON to intercept supply convoy.
out attack on convoy off Benghazi sinking ammunition ship ADRIATICO.
Italian destroyer ALVISE DA MOSTA and mercantile MANTOVANI off Kerkenah
from Malta with HM Destroyers KINGSTON and LIVELY, HM Cruisers AJAX
and NEPTUNE as escort for HM Supply Ship BRECONSHIRE during
passage to meet ships
AJAX, HMS NEPTUNE and HMS LIVELY detached and took passage to Malta.
Remained with HMS BRECONSHIRE.
Cruiser HOBART (RAN) joined but detached later to assist damaged Sloop HMS
FLAMINGO off Tobruk.
as escort for HMS BRECONSHIRE to Alexandria with HMS KINGSTON
at Alexandria with HMS BRECONSHIRE.
HM Cruisers CARLISLE, EURYALUS and NAIAD with HM Destroyers HASTY,
JERVIS, KINGSTON, KIPLING. DECOY and NIZAM as Force C for escort
of HMS BRECONSHIRE during passage for escort by Force K
with HMS BRECONSHIRE after threat from an Italian battle group escorting a
supply convoy to Benghazi was probable.
with Force C when Italian battle fleet was sighted and HMS BRECONSHIRE
escorted by HMS DECOY and HMS HAVOCK.
Took part in brief engagement
with Italian warships which withdrew when British destroyers
to deliver torpedo attacks.
(1st Battle of Sirte. - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, THE BATTLE FOR
THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre and Naval Staff
passage to Alexandria with escorts.
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for support of Tobruk garrison and convoy defence.
by torpedo fired by U77 off Tobruk and sustained major
damage to stern structure. Disabled ship taken in tow by HM
Escort Destroyer HEYTHROP
13th Passage to Alexandria in tow.
February Repair arranged at Alexandria. Paid off.
to Taken in tow to Alexandria with minimal crew.
December Under repair by HM Dockyard Bombay.
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repair and re-commissioned for service in Mediterranean.
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refit trials and prepared for operational service.
to Passage to Alexandria
(Note: Extension deployments were made in support of the
reoccupation of islands in the
Mediterranean and in the Adriatic for
interception and military support.)
deployment with HM Cruiser AURORA, Free French destroyers Le MALIN,
TERRIBLE and Le FANTASQUE sustained damage in heavy weather and returned to
Alexandria for repair.
completion of repair resumed duties based in Malta.
deployment in continuation.
Nominated for special duties during planned allied landings in South France.
CinC Mediterranean for
passage to watch progress of the assault convoys
through Straits of Bonifacio.
(Note: Signal to execute Operation DRAGOON was made whilst CinC was on board.
CinC's advanced command post was established at Ajaccio on 11th August
Prime Minister Winston Churchill for visit to the Assault Area.
CinC with military commander General Maitland- Wilson
for visit to
For details of Operation DRAGOON see INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF
FRANCE (HMSO) and ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY.)
On release from Special Duties
deployed in Adriatic for patrol and support of military
Passage to join HM Destroyers
UNDINE, URCHIN, LOYAL and HM River Gunboats
APHIS and SCARAB in Adriatic for the support of British Army advance up the east
a series of bombardments in Rimini area.
completion of bombardment duties resumed deployment for patrol and convoy
to British Aegean Force for support of landings to reoccupy Greek
mainland. (Operation MANNA)
(Note: For details see Military Staff History, Mediterranean.)
Hospital Ship GRADISCCA in the Aegean and captured as Prize.
November Support deployment in
out interception patrols to prevent evacuation of German personnel from
F-Lighter off Piscopi
11th Carried out bombardment at Alimnia.
December Aegean deployment in continuation.
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in support of operations on Greek mainland.
to (Note: At Athens during
for support of military operations in Aegean.
part in raid on island of Rhodes
with HM Escort Destroyer CATTERICK and
Greek destroyer KRITI.
in Mediterranean until nominated for return to
to UK to Pay-off.
September Paid off and de-stored.
to Reserve status.