Fleet Destroyer ordered from
John Brown, Clydebank en 2nd October 1939 with
2nd Emergency Flotilla. She was
laid down on 22nd July 1940 and launched on 11th
June 1941 as the 2nd RN
warship to bear the name that of the knights of
Charlemagne and had previously
used for a WW1 destroyer sold in 1921. Build was
completed en 12th December 1941 for a cost of
£411,262, which excluded Admiralty supplied
items such as guns and
communications outfits. Following a successful
National Savings campaign in March 1942 she was
adopted by the civil community
of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
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Contractors trials and commissioning.
service in East Indies with 12th Destroyer
out Speed Trials on Arran
Build completion and continued
On completion of
trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow
for work-up with Home Fleet.
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with tons Fleet for operational service.
escort of military convoy to Middle East
during passage to Indian Ocean.
passage from Scapa Flow to Clyde.
Joined military convoy WS16 during
passage from Clyde for Ocean Escort with HM
Detached from WS16
on arrival at Freetown.
independent passage to
Capetown with HMS PANTHER.
Called at St. Helena.
Arrived at Capetown
Sailed from Capetown
as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE
during passage in
Indian Ocean with
Called at Mauritius.
Fleet was in course of formation following the
outbreak of war with Japan.
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO) and Naval Staff History)
of Eastern Fleet included
Battleships WARSPITE, RESOLUTION, REVENGE and
HM Aircraft Carriers HERMES, FORMIDABLE and
HM Cruisers DORSETSHIRE, CORNWALL, ENTERPRISE,
DRAGON, HM Destroyers FOXHOUND, NAPIER,
Deployed with screen
for HMS WARSPITE, HMS FORMIDABLE, HMS
Cruiser EMERALD, ENTERPRISE, DORSETSHIRE and
CORNWALL as Force A
search for a raiding
force of Japanese drips reported en passage
for air attacks on Ceylon.
(Note: Force A was
covered by the other Eastern Fleet ships
designated Force B during the
south of Ceylon. See WAR WITH JAPAN and THE
Sailed from Addu
Atoll with screen of Force A after refuelling.
Force A search for
Japanese ships which had attacked Colombo was
See ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and OPERATION
Took part in rescue
of survivors from HM Cruisers DORSETSHIRE and
with HM Cruiser
EMERALD and HM Destroyer PANTHER.
(Note: The two
cruisers were sunk in Japanese air attacks on
5th. 1,122 survivors were rescued.)
Deployment with Force A screen in
Arabian Sea to protect communications between
Boiler clean at Bombay
Eastern Fleet deployment in continuation
Transferred to Kilindini with
(Note: This move
was made in view of the vulnerability of
Ceylon to air attack).
for support of
planned landings in Madagascar (Operation
For details see
WAR WITH JAPAN, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY,
and THE WATERY MAZE by B Fergusson.)
Joined Force F to
provide escort during passage of the assault
(Note: Other ships involved were:
RAMILLIES, HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS,
Cruisers HERMIONE, DEVONSHIRE, HM Destroyers
INCONSTANT, JAVELIN, LAFOREY, LIGHTNING,
PANTHER, HM Minesweepers CROMER, CROMARTY,
HM Corvettes CYCLAMEN, FREESIA, FRITILLARY,
Deployed with HMS RAMILLIES, HMS
HERMIONE, H M Destroyers PANTHER, JAVELIN
and ANTHONY for
bombardment of Vichy French positions at Diego
(Note: The enemy
surrendered after 15 minutes.)
Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE provided air cover
against Japanese air
Entered harbour at Diego Suarez
with HMS RAMILLIES, HM Cruiser HERMIONE and HM
from IRONCLAD transferred with HM Destroyers
To replace the
losses and major damage to destroyers in
defence of Crete.
Took passage to
for Fleet duties on arrival in 12th Destroyer
Sailed from Alexandria as part of
screen for HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, BIRMINGHAM,
EURYALUS, HERMIONE and NEWCASTLE with HM
INCONSTANT, JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN, NAPIER,
(RAN), PAKENHAM, SIKH and ZULU to provide
cover for passage of
Convoy MW11 to
Malta (Operation VIGOROUS).
Joined escort for MW11 with Fleet
air attacks and later by U77 were driven HMS
threat of surface
attack by Italian squadron including two
Convoy ordered to return eastwards
by CinC at Alexandria.
attack by German E-Boats during which HMS
NEWCASTLE was hit and HMS
HASTY was sunk by
HMS HOTSPUR (part of main escort).
Heavy air attacks
resumed after daylight resulting in sinking of
H M Destroyers AIREDALE
of main escort) and damage
to other escorts.)
(Note: A series
of conflicting orders were received from shore
during the day but shortage of
ammunition made necessary abandonment of
passage to return to Alexandria.
Under air attacks during which
HMS NESTOR was damaged and had to be sunk by
Detached from MW11 and arrived at
details of this disastrous operation with its
conflicting direction from shore
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D. Macintyre,
MORE CLOSELY and the Naval Staff History.)
at Alexandria in view of VIGOROUS losses and
in eastern Mediterranean
for Fleet and patrol duties.
Escorted convoy to Cyprus from
Port Said with HM Destroyers PANTHER, JERVIS
Returned to Port
Deployed with HM Cruiser ORION,
HM Destroyers PANTHER, JERVIS and JAVELIN
bombardment of Mersa Matruh.
Joined HMS ARETHUSA and HMS EURYALUS
as screen with HM Destroyers JERVIS
PAKENHAM, ALDENHAM, BEAUFORT, DULVERTON,
HURWORTH, HM Corvette HYACINTH and HM
for escort of Convoy MW12
(Three ships) from
Port Said as a diversionary operation during
relief Malta convoy from Gibraltar.
(Operation MG3 -
Diversion for Operation PEDESTAL).
PEDESTAL by P Smith.)
Convoy MW12 joined by supply ship
from Haifa escorted by H M Cruisers CLEOPATRA,
Destroyers JAVELIN, SIKH and ZULU for joint
Returned to Port Said with joint
Fleet screening and patrol in continuation.
Boiler Clean at Suez with
assistance from HMS WOOLWICH staff.
resumed Fleet duties.
bombardment on positions near Tobruk
(Note: Did not
take part in disastrous attack at Tobruk
Flotilla duties for screening
of major units and patrol in eastern
Joined HMS EURYALUS with HM
Destroyers JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN, NUBIAN,
and PETARD as escort
for Convoy MW13 during passage to Malta.
STONEAGE/MG9 - First attempt to pass
westward convoy since VIGOROUS.)
possible by military advance from El Alamein
which enabled provision of air
from bases in North Africa.)
Detached fro MW13 with Fleet
destroyers on relief by HUNT Class destroyers.
passage to Alexandria and joined Fleet units.
Deployed with same Fleet
destroyers to screen H M Cruisers ARETHUSA,
DIDO and ORION
during cover of MW13.
during passage to Malta.
Came under air
attacks off Derna during which HMS ARETHUSA
was hit by a torpedo and
had to be towed
back to Alexandria by HMS PETARD
Detached from MW13 with ships of
escort and returned to Alexandria.
(Note: MW13 arrived
in Malta on 20th.).
Mediterranean Fleet duties in
(Note: Did not
take part in escort of Convoy MW14 (Operation
Carried out interception patrol
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to Malta for
convoy defence and interception duties.
Deployed with escort for convoy
during passage to Port Said with HMS ORION, HM
JAVELIN, NUBIAN, PANTHER and HURSLEY.
Deployed for convoy escort.
Carried cut attacks on submarine
with BISLEY aircraft during escort of coastal
reported submarine on surface detached and
found U205 abandoned.
party on submarine which was then taken in tow
by HM Corvette
rescued by escorts. Shared credit for sinking.
U205 sank on
entry to Ras-el-Hiba Bay 100 miles west of
U-BOAT WAR by C Blair and U-BOATS DESTROYED by
salvage operation was carried out later.
data was recovered and
sent to GCHQ at Bletchley Park.)
Malta deployment in
Escorted HM Fast Minelayer ABDIEL
to Malta after minelay in Sicilian Narrows.
carried cut interception patrol with HM
Barge off Pantellaria.
Joined escort of convoy on
passage from ?Port Said to Malta with HMS
VASILISSA OLGA for final stage of passage.
Took part in exercises off Malta.
Deployed with H M
Destroyers NUBIAN, PETARD and JERVIS based in
Malta as Force
interception of enemy supply convoys to and
from ports in North Africa.
Detached to escort HMS ABDIEL
with HM Destroyer KELVIN during minelay on
See Naval Staff
During interception patrol with
HMS PAKENHAM in action with escort of an Italian
SW of Marsala.
Torpedo Boat CIGNO which had
seriously damaged HMS PAKENHAM.
of HMS PAKENHAM but later abandoned owing to
threat of air attack.
Sank HMS PAKENHAM by
escaped. Damaged CASSIOPEA taken in tow by
Torpedo boat CLIMENE.
During interception patrol with
HMS NUBIAN sank transport FAUNA off Sicily
Deployed with HMS JERVIS and HMS
NUBIAN for unsuccessful interaction.
Deployed with HMS NUBIAN and HMS
COMPOBASSO and Torpedo Boat PERSEO off
Deployed with ships of Force K and
Malta based destroyers for blockade of North
evacuation of enemy forces.
RETRIBUTION. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
Deployed with HM Destroyer JERVIS
and NUBIAN for bombardment of Kelebia in
Algiers to assist in clearance of harbour
after explosion of ship carrying ammunition.
mercantile which had caught fire to position
clear of harbour.
Bombarded Pantellaria with HM
Cruiser PENELOPE and HM Destroyer PETARD.
Further bombardment with HM Cruiser
ORION and HM Destroyer TROUBRIDGE.
Deployed with HM Cruisers
EURYALUS, AURORA and HM Destroyer JERVIS as
Bizerta to Alexandria
through Sicilian Narrows.
Escorted HM Landing Ship LARGS
carrying 1st British Division to Pantellaria
HMS PETARD and
HM River Gunboat APHIS.
for support of
planned landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY).
Joined HM Destroyers PATHFINDER,
JERVIS, PANTHER, PENN and PETARD for escort
Covering Force for HUSKY.
of Sardinia as screen for HM Battleships KING
GEORGE V and HOWE, HM
to Bizerta on release
from escort duties.
at Bizerta for support
of military operations en mainland of Italy.
Carried out bombardment of coastal
areas near Naples and west coast of Calabria.
Deployed with HMS EURYALUS, HMS
AURORA and HMS JERVIS for bombardment of
passage from Palermo intercepted and sank
Siebel Ferries used for transfer of
to mainland of Italy from Sicily.
Took passage to Palermo with HM
Cruisers AURORA, DIDO, SIRIUS, PENELOPE, HM
JERVIS and PAKENHAM for interception and
military support duties.
Passage to Algiers to join support
for planned landings on Italian mainland.
Took part in preparatory exercises
screen for HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS HOWE.
Passage to Augusta with screen for
Nominated for support of planned
landings at Taranto and joined Force Z.
Taranto as part of escort for HMS KING GEORGE
Taranto to support landings by 1st Airborne
Division. (Operation SLAPSTICK)
(Note: HM Fast
Minelayer ABDIEL which had troops embarked was
sunk in Taranto harbour
detonating a mine. There was heavy loss of
Deployed as HQ ship at Taranto
after loss of HMS ABDIEL.
After release from Guardship duty
deployed with ships of Flotilla for escort of
Gibraltar after service in
carriers may have been CVE which were
returning to UK.
Sailed from Gibraltar with HM
Destroyers JERVIS, PATHFINDER and PENN for
other destroyers and took passage to Arzeu,
Algiers for repair of blocked
passage to Malta struck submerged object and
damaged port screw.
Took passage to
Bone for examination of defects.
Passage to Gibraltar with convoy
Taken in hand for docking at HM
Awaiting repair in Gibraltar.
(Note: Port shaft was found to bent
and replacement had to be sent from UK.)
Sailed from Gibraltar as part of
escort for military convoy to Alexandria.
(New shaft was
carried on board for fitting during planned
Taken in hand for docking at
Alexandria to replace shaft.
Carried out post refit trials
took passage to Naples for support of military
Deployed for patrol and support
of military operations based in Naples with H
Destroyers ILEX and MENDIP for bombardments
Carried out bombardment of
for transfer to
Bombarded targets in Gulf of
Gaeta with HM Destroyers TROUBRIDGE and
Took passage from Mediterranean
with HM Destroyers PATHFINDER, PENN and PETARD
as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS,
HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH
during passage to join Eastern Fleet based in
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Arrived at Trincomalee to join 16th
Kilindini with HMS PETARD to join military
convoy KR8 as escort.
PENN should have also been deployed but was
Sailed frcm Kilindini as escort
for Convoy KR8 during passage to Colombo with
HAWKINS, HM Destroyer PETARD, HM Cutters
LULWORTH and SENNEN
and HM Corvette
comprised five troop transports carrying army
and naval personnel
WRNS, ATS and Nursing staff.)
HMS LULWORTH, HMS SENNEN and HMS
HONESTY detached and returned to Kilindini.
ships had insufficient fuel capacity to remain
for whole voyage.)
Convoy under attack by Japanese
KHEDIVE ISMAIL was hit by two torpedoes and
sank very quickly.
(Note: Only 214 of 1,115 personnel were
contact, carried out depth charge attack on
I27 with HMS PETARD.
these fell amongst the survivors and caused
surfaced and was then engaged by surface
decision by the commanding officer, (Lt. O N
Bailey, RN), to ram the submarine
this order was
countermanded by Lt. Cdr. R Eagen, RN, Senior
Officer on board PETARD.
subsequent helm adjustments ship collided with
one of the hydroplanes of I27
damage aft and major flooding.
disabled and unable to take a part in further
action against I27 which was
torpedo from HMS PETARD.
(Note: For full details of this
disaster and the destruction of I27 see
Brian Crabb which includes names of all
casualties and the survivors.
WAR WITH JAPAN
(HMSO) also gives more information.)
due to flooding was partially
corrected by jettison of topweight including
all Starboard Watch were transferred to HMS
Taken in tow
to Addu Atoll by HMS PETARD.
Tow parted on arrival and ship
anchored until tow re-established.
alongside tanker BRITISH LOYALTY to await
emergency repair at Addu Atoll
is presumed that the repair
personnel came from either Trincomalee or
any case their arrival was delayed by
torpedoing of ship in which they took
tanker to HMS HAWKINS for assistance to reduce
list by pumping out flooded
BRITISH LOYALTY for completion of temporary
repair to enable safe passage.
fracture extended about 80 feet was patched.)
preparation for passage in continuation.
arranged at Simonstown.
Addu Atoll with escort and with only one
engine and shaft in use.
Simonstown after calls at Mombasa and Durban.
hand for repair and refit by HM Dockyard
On completion of
post refit trials took passage to rejoin Fleet
with call at Addu Atoll.
16th Destroyer Division, Eastern Fleet on
included HM Destroyers PENN, PETARD and
for operational service.
for screening, patrol and special operations.
Eastern Fleet were used for clandestine
operations by SOE to land or collect
in Burma, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies.
See OPERATION PACIFIC
JAPAN (HMSO) and Naval Staff Histories for
details of naval activities
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re-designated East Indies Fleet.
for operational service.
Ships of Division were taking part in
preparatory exercises for planned
not take part in Akyab landings (Operation
out search for HM Submarine PORPOISE which was
missing after minelaying
Submarine was later declared as lost on 16th.)
Deployed with HM Destroyer
RAPID, HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE, NIGERIA and
65 to land Royal Marines on Cheduba Island
south of Ramree, Burma.
SANKEY - See THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton and WAR WITH
PHOEBE, HM Escort Carrier AMEER, HM Destroyers
Frigates TEVIOT and SPEY
joined Assault Force.
bombardment of assault area with HM Destroyers
NORMAN, RAIDER and
completion anchored off
Searle Point during unopposed landings.
Trincomalee on release from SANKEY.
Fleet duties in
continuation with Division.
Deployed with HM Destroyer
PATHFINDER for escort and support of Motor
Craft and Minesweepers during offensive
operations in rivers estuaries at
Japanese troops attempting evacuation.
attack by two HAMP-ZEKE aircraft and sustained
HMS PATHFINDER received a direct hit and had
to be withdrawn from BLOCK
after temporary repair.)
and destroyed evacuation craft. See THE
Trincomalee with Division in continuation.
support of landings at Rangoon (Operation
Lt. Cdr Hewlett joined to relieve Lt. Cundell
as commanding officer.)
escort for Fleet Oilers RFA OLWEN and EASDALE
in Force 69 for
of Task Force 63 destroyers
deployed in the Andaman Sea to prevent any
naval interference during cover of landings at
Rangoon (Operation BISHOP).
This operation also included air strikes and
bombardments of Nice-bars.
above references for details of ships in Force
completion of replenishment duty returned to
Trincomalee with RFA OLWEN.
Deployed as escort for
Fleet Oiler RFA ECHODALE in Force 70 for
replenishment of ships
61 during interception of Japanese warships
reported on passage in Malacca
This operation by the East Indies Fleet
culminated in sinking of cruiser
THE HAGURO by J Winton and above references.)
Sailed from Trincomalee
with HM Destroyers TARTAR, ESKIMO, NUBIAN and
65) to attack snipping between Nicobars and
Sabang (Operation IRREGULAR).
from Force 65 to
collect SOE party from Batu Island.
off Batu Islands
until relieved by HMS PENN. Passage to
Fleet escort duty with Flotilla during planned
These included minesweeping operations off
Phuket Island as a diversion.
Deployed with HM
Destroyers ROTHERHAM, RACEHORSE, RAIDER and
Flotilla as screen for Force 63 units of East
Force 63 comprised HM Battleship NELSON, HM
Cruiser SUSSEX, HM Escort
Carriers EMPRESS and AMEER with above
Provided cover for Force 63
during minesweeping by 7th Minesweeping
Flotilla. During the
of the operation HM Minesweeper SQUIRREL hit a
mine and had to be sunk by own
ships See above references.
Under attack by suicide
aircraft during which BM Minesweeper VESTAL
was hit and badly
(Note: HMS VESTAL was sunk by 8in gunfire from
HM Cruiser SUSSEX after surface fire
destroyers had been unsuccessful.
type of air attack had not previously been
used against East Indies
Trincomalee with Force 63 ships.
preparing for landing in Malaya (Operation
These were delayed at insistence of US
government and problems relating to
of servicemen under PYTHON scheme.
did not take place until after VJ Day.
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, THE FORGOTTEN
to Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Commander
Penang with screen for East Indies Fleet ships
to support landings.
Passage from Trincomalee via Rangoon to be
Secured alongside at Penang
during occupation by RM units.
Passage to Singapore.
Provided support during landings MORIB
area near Port Swettenham
Ship's company took part in
formal surrender ceremonies by providing party
for street lining.
for escort of relief convoys and support of
for return to UK and took passage to
Prepared for return
Sailed from Trincomalee with
HM Destroyers TARTAR and NUBIAN.
to Portsmouth with calls at Aden, Malta and
Arrived at Portsmouth to pay
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS PALADIN was
service and deployed with the Portsmouth Local
Flotilla and later in Clyde for
submarine exercises with 3rd
Submarine Flotilla. In 1947 she was reduced.
to Reserve status and laid-up at Harwich.
Later she was
transferred to Chatham. After being selected
for conversion to a Type 16 A/S
Frigate with the Squid A/S mortar in 1952 she
was taken in hand at HM Dockyard Rosyth. On
completion in March 1954 she commissioned
trials and then replaced in Reserve. The ship
was re-commissioned in January
1958 and deployed for service based at
Chatham. In March 1958
she escorted the Royal Yacht during a
visit to the Netherlands. Her service ended in
June 1961 when placed on
the Disposal List. She was sold during 1962 to
Clayton & Davie and arrived
under tow at the Breakers' Yard in Dunston on
ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
convoy as escort
SERVICE ON HMS PALADIN
with thanks to Howard Bell
(25 Jul 2011)
Howard's father served on
both HMS JACKAL and HMS PALADIN and has
supplied photographs of both ships, as well
as one of the crew of HMS PALADIN at
Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) sometime
in 1945. His father is in the third row,
seven from left (red dot), next to a