1 9 4 2
trials and commissioned for service in 19th
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
This ship was fitted with new design High
Frequency Radio Direction Finding
enable the bearing of the origin of
wireless signal traffic to be determined.
For details of the use of this
equipment see SEEK AND
STRIKE by W Hackmann
HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair.)
On completion of trials and
storing took passage to Scapa
to work-up with ships
Deployed at Scapa
operational service on completion
of screen for HM Battleships KING GEORGE V,
DUKE OF YORK, HM Battlecruiser
RENOWN, HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS,
HM Cruisers BERWICK and KENYA
BEDOUIN, ECHO. ECLIPSE, FAULKNOR, FURY, GROVE
INCONSTANT, ICARUS, INTREPID,
WELLS and WOOLSTON.
This force was providing cover for transit
of Russian Convoy PQ12 to Murmansk
return Convoy QP8 to Iceland.
Convoys were under threat of
attack by German battleship TIRPITZ.
For details of all Russian
CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and CONVOY! by
with Fleet units when some destroyers left
to replenish fuel.
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.
for screening duties during air operations
by HMS VICTORIOUS in search of
Battleship TIRPITZ which failed. See
Passage to Scapa
with covering ships of Home Fleet.
military Convoy WS17 in Clyde
with HM Destroyers ALDENHAM and GROVE
as part of Ocean
Escort during passage in Atlantic to Freetown.
from WS17 on arrival at Freetown.
Ocean Escort for military Convoy WS171 as
part of Ocean Escort on departure
passage to Durban.
Convoy WS17 divided during the period at Freetown)
Other ships in Ocean Escort for
WS17A were HM Cruiser HERMIONE, HM
ACTIVE, ANTELOPE, INCONSTANT,
JAVELIN, LIGHTNING and PAKENHAM
were to take part in support of planned
landings at Diego
(Note: Some mercantiles
were destined for the Middle
and Indian detached
at ports in South
and continued passage as WS17.)
with HM Destroyers LIGHTNING, LOOKOUT and
other destroyers as escort
for Convoy Z
during passage to Diego Suarez, northern Madagascar.
out bombardment exercises.
Joined HM Aircraft Carrier INDOMITABLE and
HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE to provide
Provided further support bombardment before
leaving to join
HMS LAFOREY and HMS
for escort of HMS RAMILLIES during departure
to carry out search for
(Note: No enemy
ships were found.)
Provided naval gunfire support during
prior to assault
on Diego Suarez.
For details of IRONCLAD see WAR
WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
HM Battleship WARSPITE, HM Aircraft Carriers
and HM Cruiser GAMBIA
during passage to Colombo
part in Fleet exercises including AA
Fleet duties and joined HMS LAFOREY and HMS
LIGHTNING in screen for
HMS WARSPITE, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, HMS
INDOMITABLE and HMS GAMBIA
as Force A for offensive sweep of Indian Ocean to Chagos
Called at Addu
Atoll with Force A
to refuel after delay due to monsoon
Took passage from Addu
Atoll for Colombo
and carried out maintenance.
for return to Mediterranean
for support of Malta
Sailed from Mombasa
with HMS LAFOREY and HMS LIGHTNING as screen
INDOMITABLE during passage to Gibraltar.
Norwegian seaman in Indian
the sole survivors
from a ship sunk on 9th.
at Pointe Noire, Belgian
passage delayed by deployment for trade
by HM Cruiser PHOEBE
as screen for same ships.
survivors from Norwegian mercantile sunk on
from HMS INDOMITABLE.
with HM Destroyers FORESIGHT, FURY, ICARUS,
LIGHTNING, VANSITTART, WESTCOTT
and WRESTLER as screen for HM Aircraft
Carriers ARGUS, EAGLE,
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers PHOEBE,
CHARYBDIS and SIRIUS during
Exercise BERSERK west of Gibraltar
to carry out
for use during planned defence of PEDESTAL
convoy, identified as Convoy GM4.
and nominated with HMS LIGHTNING for escort
of HM Aircraft Carrier
FURIOUS during aircraft
delivery to Malta
(Operation BELLOWS –Coincident with
screening of HMS FURIOUS detached when HMS
EAGLE was hit by torpedo
by U73 and sank within eight minutes.
Carried out rescue work with HMS
HM Destroyers LAFOREY and MALCOLM, also took
part in rescue operations.
A total of 927 survivors were
rescued from a ships company of 1160.)
Transferred survivors to HM
Destroyer VENOMOUS and refuelled from tanker
in Force R
to join ships covering passage of PEDESTAL
convoy after refuelling.
These were HMS RODNEY, HMS NELSON, HMS
HMS PHOEBE, HMS SIRIUS, HM
Destroyers LAFOREY, LIGHTNING,
QUENTIN, AMAZON, ITHURIEL,
ANTELOPE, ITHURIEL, VANSITTART,
WESTCOTT, WISHART and ZETLAND
deployed as Force Z.)
Under air attacks.
Carried out successful
anti-submarine operations against Italian
submarine BRIN with
HM Destroyers FORESIGHT and FURY
and drove submarine away from convoy.
Despatched with HMS SOMALI, HMS
LIGHTNING and HMS CHARYBDIS to assist
HMS INDOMITABLE after being hit and badly
damaged in air attacks.
Remained with Force Z when GM4
detached and entered Sicilian Narrows
escorted by Force X
by Italian submarine EMO with HMS TARTAR
which was driven off
by depth charges.
with HMS VICTORIOUS, HMS PHOEBE, HMS NELSON
HMS LIGHTNING and HMS QUENTIN
west of Narrows
to provide cover for returning
of Force X.
HMS INDOMITABLE, HMS RODNEY screened by HM
ANTELOPE, ITHURIEL, VANSITTART,
WESTCOTT, WISHART and
ZETLAND had been detached to
return to Gibraltar.)
Passage to Gibraltar
as part of screen for ships of Forces X
details of PEDESTAL see PEDESTAL by P Smith
Deployed with Flotilla in Force H
based at Gibraltar
with HM Destroyer LAFOREY to Gibraltar.
had detached from military convoy WS22 after
escort for HM Battleship MALAYA during
passage from Gibraltar
passage to Gibraltar
as escort for HM Battleship RODNEY.
Rejoined Flotilla at Gibraltar.
Nominated with Flotilla for
support of planned landings in North
cover during TORCH landings in Algeria.
See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY and Naval Staff History for
On release from TORCH deployed
for patrol and convoy defence.
Nominated for service in Force Q
to be based at Bone for interception of
in western and central Mediterranean.
Joined HM Cruisers ARGONAUT,
SIRIUS, AURORA, DIDO, HM Destroyers QUIBERON
QUENTIN in Force Q based at Algiers.
9 4 3
out interception patrol with ships of Force
Force Q deployment in
50 survivors from HM Corvette LOUISBERG sunk
during convoy escort NE of Oran.
deployment in continuation
in hand by HM Dockyard, Gibraltar
for repair to turbines
completion took passage to rejoin 19th
Flotilla at Malta.
Other ships in Flotilla were HM Destroyers
LAFOREY, LOYAL, NUBIAN and TARTAR)
interception patrol and convoy defence.
Nominated for blockade of Cape
Bon area to prevent evacuation of enemy troops
by sea. (Operation RETRIBUTION)
craft evacuating German personnel and took
12 men PoW.
and sank supply ship with HMS LAFOREY in Central
support of planned British landings on Pantalleria
Took part in
preparatory exercises for CORKSCREW.
Deployed for support of landings.
above references for details.
surrender of Lampedusa.
Under air attacks by
dive bombers without damage.
with HM Destroyers ESKIMO, JERVIS and NUBIAN
for as escort of HM
during passage from Tripoli
HM King George VI was embarked in HMS AURORA
for visit to Malta.)
for escort and support duties during planned
allied landings in Sicily
Took part in
with ships of Flotilla for screening of
Support Force East during passage
cover landings by British XXX Corps SW of
Support Force East comprised HM Cruisers
ORION and UGANDA.)
Took part in operations off beach head
For details of HUSKY see ENGAGE
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, Naval Staff History
Military Staff History (Mediterranean)
Carried out bombardment in support of
military operation in Sicily.
Bombarded gun positions at Catania
with hm Cruiser
NEWFOUNDLAND and HM Destroyer
Bombarded shore positions at Lentini
with same destroyers.
passage from Augusta, Sicily
as screen for HM Cruisers NEWFOUNDLAND
with HM Destroyers
LAFOREY and LOYAL.
attack by U407 HMS NEWFOUNDLAND
was hit aft causing significant damage
but able to
Anti-submarine attacks made by HMS LAFOREY
forced U407 to
dive and able to escape.
war records state that a later attack by
Italian submarine ASCIANGHI failed.
source records the torpedoes from the
sunk during the subsequent anti-submarine
operations by HM
Destroyers LAFOREY and
Flotilla duties in Malta
and nominated for support of planned allied
with Fleet units for bombardment of shore
targets in Messina
prior to British landings on Italian
Northern Attack Force TF 85 with ships of
Flotilla for screening of HM Cruisers
ORION and DELHI
providing support during assault landings
with Northern Attack Force Support Group
during first landings.
shore fire and provided naval gunfire
Under heavy air attacks including use of
controlled and Hs293 Glider weapons.
naval gunfire support with HMS LAFOREY
during counter-attack by German
bridgehead and under further attacks by
Under attack by FX1400 which near-missed
by 250 Kg bomb.
Took passage to Malta
for support of military operations off west
coast of Italy
and defence of shipping.
naval gunfire support for military operation
with HMS LAFOREY
Dutch Gunboat FLORES.
Under attack by fighter-bombers
and sustained some casualties as well as
miss from 250Kg
Convoy defence and support duties
with Flotilla in continuation based at Naples.
for refit and machinery repair at Taranto
in hand for refit and repairs
Under refit and repair
9 4 4
refit in continuation
Transferred to 14th Destroyer
Flotilla in Malta.
completion carried out post refit trials and
took passage to Malta.
Resumed duty with 14th Destroyer
Flotilla based in Malta after brief work-up.
Nominated for support of planned
allied landings in South of France
(Operation ANVIL – Later DRAGOON
– For details see
INVASION OF THE SOUTH
service in SITKA Fire Support Group Task
Passage to Naples
with HM Cruiser DIDO for duty in Western
from Naples with US cruiser USS AUGUSTA, HM
Cruiser DIDO, US Navy
GLEAVES and SOMERS and took passage to
Arrived in SITKA
Present during initial landing operations
and Port Cros.
No bombardment was then necessary but later
the ships of SITKA Group provided
support during German counter attack.)
Deployed with HM Cruiser AURORA during
bombardment of St Mandrier,
Fired 116 rounds
with USN destroyer KENDRICK as screen for HM
Cruiser AURORA during
bombardment of forts at St Mandrier.
Returned to RN service and rejoined
support of 8th Army operations on west
coast of Italy.
Passage to Adriatic.
Provided support in Rimini
area until 25th.
patrol and military support duties with
Flotilla in continuation.
Carried out bombardments of shore
batteries at Cesantico
with HM Destroyer LOYAL.
bombardment in Casanatico
In company with HMS LOYAL which detonated
a ground mine and
Carried out tow of HMS
LOYAL to Ancona.
Gunfire support, patrol and convoy
defence duties in continuation.
9 4 5
to 3rd Destroyer Flotilla for support,
patrol and convoy defence in
out bombardment in Massa
SE of Spezia
with US Navy
Carried out bombardment at San
on Italian Riviera.
Further bombardment at Shore targets on
Sea deployment with Flotilla in continuation
Deployed with HMS METEOR and Free French
TEMPETE and BASQUE
report from shore intercepted ARTURO (TA24),
ERIDANO (T29) and
PREMUDA (T32) of 10th German
Torpedo Boat Flotilla which were carrying
Carried out torpedo and gun
attacks with HMS METEOR during which ARTURO
ERIDANO were sunk but PREMUDA escaped in
200 survivors from enemy ships.
for support of military advance by British
out shore bombardment on targets in French
Riviera with Free French cruisers
MONTCALM and DUGUAY
to MaltA after VE day and deployed with
Flotilla for Fleet duties including
of re-occupation and for exercises in Mediterranean to
prepare British warships
service in the Eastern Fleet and British