PALADIN-Class 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 WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in March 1942 she was adopted by the civil community
of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
SICILY 1943 - MEDITERRANEAN 1942 - BURMA 1944-45
H e r al d i c D a t a
Badge: On a Field Blue, a sword
erect White, pommel and hilt Gold
enfiled with two spurs in Saltire also Gold.
D e t a i l s o f
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1 9 4 1
Contractors trials and commissioning.
service in East Indies with 12th Destroyer Flotilla.
7th Carried out Speed Trials on Arran
12th Build completion and continued
On completion of
trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow for work-up with Home Fleet.
1 9 4 2
Worked-up with tons Fleet for operational service.
escort of military convoy to Middle East during passage to Indian Ocean.
Took passage from Scapa Flow to Clyde.
21st Joined military convoy WS16 during
passage from Clyde for Ocean Escort with HM
1st Detached from WS16
on arrival at Freetown.
Made independent passage to
Capetown with HMS PANTHER.
5th Called at St. Helena.
9th Arrived at Capetown
12th Sailed from Capetown
as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE during passage in
Indian Ocean with
18th Called at Mauritius.
24th Joined Eastern
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
HM Battleships WARSPITE, RESOLUTION, REVENGE and ROYAL
SOVEREIGN. HM Aircraft Carriers HERMES, FORMIDABLE and
INDOMITABLE. HM Cruisers DORSETSHIRE, CORNWALL, ENTERPRISE,
DRAGON, HM Destroyers FOXHOUND, NAPIER, NESTOR,
PANTHER and HOTSPUR.
31st Deployed with screen
for HMS WARSPITE, HMS FORMIDABLE, HMS INDOMITABLE,
HM 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 FORGOTTEN FLEET
5th Sailed from Addu
Atoll with screen of Force A after refuelling.
Force A search for
Japanese ships which had attacked Colombo was unsuccessful.
See ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and OPERATION PACIFIC by
6th Took part in rescue
of survivors from HM Cruisers DORSETSHIRE and HMS CORNWALL
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.)
9th Deployment with Force A screen in
Arabian Sea to protect communications between India and
10th Boiler clean at Bombay
13th Eastern Fleet deployment in continuation
24th Transferred to Kilindini with
(Note: This move
was made in view of the vulnerability of Ceylon to air attack).
Deployed at Kilindini.
Nominated for support of
planned landings in Madagascar (Operation IRONCLAD.
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 convoys.
(Note: Other ships involved were:
RAMILLIES, HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS,
Cruisers HERMIONE, DEVONSHIRE, HM Destroyers ANTHONY, ACTIVE,
DUNCAN, INCONSTANT, JAVELIN, LAFOREY, LIGHTNING, LOOKOUT
PANTHER, HM Minesweepers CROMER, CROMARTY, POOLE,
ROMNEY, HM Corvettes CYCLAMEN, FREESIA, FRITILLARY, GENISTA,
JASMINE and NIGELLA.)
5th Deployed with HMS RAMILLIES, HMS
HERMIONE, H M Destroyers PANTHER, JAVELIN
and ANTHONY for
bombardment of Vichy French positions at Diego Suarez.
(Note: The enemy
surrendered after 15 minutes.)
Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE provided air cover against Japanese air
7th Entered harbour at Diego Suarez
with HMS RAMILLIES, HM Cruiser HERMIONE and HM
from IRONCLAD transferred with HM Destroyers PAKENHAM and
(Note: To replace the
losses and major damage to destroyers in defence of Crete.
Took passage to
Deployed for Fleet duties on arrival in 12th Destroyer Flotilla.
13th Sailed from Alexandria as part of
screen for HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, BIRMINGHAM,
EURYALUS, HERMIONE and NEWCASTLE with HM Destroyers
INCONSTANT, JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN, NAPIER, NESTOR (RAN),
(RAN), PAKENHAM, SIKH and ZULU to provide cover for passage of
Convoy MW11 to
Malta (Operation VIGOROUS).
14th Joined escort for MW11 with Fleet
air attacks and later by U77 were driven HMS PAKENHAM.
Under threat of surface
attack by Italian squadron including two battleships
15th 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
(part 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 VIGOROUS.
passage to return to Alexandria.
16th Under air attacks during which
HMS NESTOR was damaged and had to be sunk by HMS
17th Detached from MW11 and arrived at
details of this disastrous operation with its conflicting direction from shore
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D. Macintyre, ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and the Naval Staff History.)
Retained at Alexandria in view of VIGOROUS losses and damage.
Deployed in eastern Mediterranean
for Fleet and patrol duties.
14th Escorted convoy to Cyprus from
Port Said with HM Destroyers PANTHER, JERVIS and
Returned to Port
19th Deployed with HM Cruiser ORION,
HM Destroyers PANTHER, JERVIS and JAVELIN
bombardment of Mersa Matruh.
10th Joined HMS ARETHUSA and HMS EURYALUS
as screen with HM Destroyers JERVIS
PAKENHAM, ALDENHAM, BEAUFORT, DULVERTON, ERIDGE,
HURWORTH, HM Corvette HYACINTH and HM Auxiliary ANTWERP
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).
(For details see
PEDESTAL by P Smith.)
11th Convoy MW12 joined by supply ship
from Haifa escorted by H M Cruisers CLEOPATRA,
Destroyers JAVELIN, SIKH and ZULU for joint passage westward.
13th Returned to Port Said with joint
Mediterranean Fleet screening and patrol in continuation.
10th 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 (Operation AGREEMENT)..
October Flotilla duties for screening
of major units and patrol in eastern Mediterranean,
16th Joined HMS EURYALUS with HM
Destroyers JAVELIN, JERVIS, KELVIN, NUBIAN,
PAKENHAM 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
cover from bases in North Africa.)
17th Detached fro MW13 with Fleet
destroyers on relief by HUNT Class destroyers.
passage to Alexandria and joined Fleet units.
18th Deployed with same Fleet
destroyers to screen H M Cruisers ARETHUSA, CLEOPATRA,
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
19th Detached from MW13 with ships of
escort and returned to Alexandria.
(Note: MW13 arrived
in Malta on 20th.).
December Mediterranean Fleet duties in
(Note: Did not
take part in escort of Convoy MW14 (Operation PORTCULLIS).
25th Carried out interception patrol
26th Returned from patrol.
1 9 4 3
January Transferred to Malta for
convoy defence and interception duties.
13th Deployed with escort for convoy
during passage to Port Said with HMS ORION, HM
JAVELIN, NUBIAN, PANTHER and HURSLEY.
February Deployed for convoy escort.
17th Carried cut attacks on submarine
with BISLEY aircraft during escort of coastal convoy TX1
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 Tobruk.
U-BOAT WAR by C Blair and U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
salvage operation was carried out later.
ENIGMA data was recovered and
sent to GCHQ at Bletchley Park.)
March Malta deployment in
8th Escorted HM Fast Minelayer ABDIEL
to Malta after minelay in Sicilian Narrows.
carried cut interception patrol with HM Destroyer PAKENHAM.
Barge off Pantellaria.
15th Joined escort of convoy on
passage from ?Port Said to Malta with HMS PANTHER and
VASILISSA OLGA for final stage of passage.
17th Took part in exercises off Malta.
April 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.
5th Detached to escort HMS ABDIEL
with HM Destroyer KELVIN during minelay on Skerki
Bank.. See Naval Staff
19th During interception patrol with
HMS PAKENHAM in action with escort of an Italian convoy
SW of Marsala.
Sank 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.
30th During interception patrol with
HMS NUBIAN sank transport FAUNA off Sicily
1st Deployed with HMS JERVIS and HMS
NUBIAN for unsuccessful interaction.
4th Deployed with HMS NUBIAN and HMS PETARD for
COMPOBASSO and Torpedo Boat PERSEO off Kelibia, Tunisia.
7th Deployed with ships of Force K and
Malta based destroyers for blockade of North African ports
evacuation of enemy forces.
RETRIBUTION. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and references.)
8th Deployed with HM Destroyer JERVIS
and NUBIAN for bombardment of Kelebia in support
Algiers to assist in clearance of harbour after explosion of ship carrying ammunition.
mercantile which had caught fire to position clear of harbour.
1st Bombarded Pantellaria with HM
Cruiser PENELOPE and HM Destroyer PETARD.
2nd Further bombardment with HM Cruiser
ORION and HM Destroyer TROUBRIDGE.
6th Deployed with HM
EURYALUS, AURORA and HM Destroyer JERVIS as escort for
convoy from Bizerta to Alexandria
through Sicilian Narrows.
10th Escorted HM Landing Ship LARGS
carrying 1st British Division to Pantellaria with
HMS PETARD and
HM River Gunboat APHIS.
July Nominated for support of
planned landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY).
10th Joined HM Destroyers PATHFINDER,
JERVIS, PANTHER, PENN and PETARD for escort
duty with Reserve
Covering Force for HUSKY.
of Sardinia as screen for HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and HOWE, HM
Transferred to Bizerta on release
from escort duties.
August Based at Bizerta for support
of military operations en mainland of Italy.
9th Carried out bombardment of coastal
areas near Naples and west coast of Calabria.
16th Deployed with HMS EURYALUS, HMS
AURORA and HMS JERVIS for bombardment of
passage from Palermo intercepted and sank Siebel Ferries used for transfer of
troops to mainland of Italy from Sicily.
22nd Took passage to Palermo with HM
Cruisers AURORA, DIDO, SIRIUS, PENELOPE, HM
JERVIS and PAKENHAM for interception and military support duties.
September Passage to Algiers to join support
for planned landings on Italian mainland.
3rd Took part in preparatory exercises
screen for HMS KING GEORGE V and HMS HOWE.
7th Passage to Augusta with screen for
9th Nominated for support of planned
landings at Taranto and joined Force Z.
Taranto as part of escort for HMS KING GEORGE V.
Taranto to support landings by 1st Airborne Division. (Operation SLAPSTICK)
(Note: HM Fast
Minelayer ABDIEL which had troops embarked was sunk in Taranto harbour
after detonating a mine. There was heavy loss of life.)
11th Deployed as HQ ship at Taranto
after loss of HMS ABDIEL.
17th After release from Guardship duty
deployed with ships of Flotilla for escort of aircraft carriers
to Gibraltar after service in
carriers may have been CVE which were returning to UK.
22nd Sailed from Gibraltar with HM
Destroyers JERVIS, PATHFINDER and PENN for passage
23rd Detached from
other destroyers and took passage to Arzeu, Algiers for repair of blocked
24th During resumed
passage to Malta struck submerged object and damaged port screw.
Took passage to
Bone for examination of defects.
27th Passage to Gibraltar with convoy
29th Taken in hand for docking at HM
October Awaiting repair in Gibraltar.
(Note: Port shaft was found to bent and replacement had to be sent from UK.)
23rd Sailed from Gibraltar as part of
escort for military convoy to Alexandria.
(New shaft was
carried on board for fitting during planned docking.)
31st Taken in hand for docking at
Alexandria to replace shaft.
14th Carried out post refit trials
took passage to Naples for support of military operations.
20th Deployed for patrol and support
of military operations based in Naples with H M Cruiser
Destroyers ILEX and MENDIP for bombardments and patrol.
27th Carried out bombardment of
December Nominated for transfer to
1st Bombarded targets in Gulf of
Gaeta with HM Destroyers TROUBRIDGE and TEAZER.
Passage to Alexandria.
31st 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 Ceylon.
1 9 4 4
28th 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 under repair.)
February Arrived at Kilindini
5th Sailed frcm Kilindini as escort
for Convoy KR8 during passage to Colombo with HM
HAWKINS, HM Destroyer PETARD, HM Cutters LULWORTH and SENNEN
and HM Corvette
comprised five troop transports carrying army and naval personnel
including WRNS, ATS and Nursing staff.)
9th HMS LULWORTH, HMS SENNEN and HMS
HONESTY detached and returned to Kilindini.
ships had insufficient fuel capacity to remain for whole voyage.)
12th Convoy under attack by Japanese
KHEDIVE ISMAIL was hit by two torpedoes and sank very quickly.
(Note: Only 214
of 1,115 personnel were rescued.)
contact, carried out depth charge attack on I27 with HMS PETARD.
these fell amongst the survivors and caused many deaths.
surfaced and was then engaged by surface gunfire.
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.
12th (Note: For full details of this
disaster and the destruction of I27 see PASSAGE TO
Brian Crabb which includes names of all casualties and the survivors.
WAR WITH JAPAN
(HMSO) also gives more information.)
List due to flooding was partially
corrected by jettison of topweight including torpedoes.
all Starboard Watch were transferred to HMS PETARD.
Taken in tow
to Addu Atoll by HMS PETARD.
13th Tow parted on arrival and ship
anchored until tow re-established.
alongside tanker BRITISH LOYALTY to await emergency repair at Addu Atoll
(Note: It is presumed that the repair
personnel came from either Trincomalee or Kilindini.
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.
3rd Sailed from
Addu Atoll with escort and with only one engine and shaft in use.
22nd Arrived at
Simonstown after calls at Mombasa and Durban.
hand for repair and refit by HM Dockyard Simonstown.
April Under repair
July On completion of
post refit trials took passage to rejoin Fleet at Trincomalee.
29th At Durban.
August Passage to Trincomalee
with call at Addu Atoll.
16th Destroyer Division, Eastern Fleet on arrival
included HM Destroyers PENN, PETARD and PATHFINDER.)
for operational service.
Deployed for screening, patrol and special operations.
to (Note: Destroyers of
Eastern Fleet were used for clandestine operations by SOE to land or collect
agents in Burma, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. See OPERATION PACIFIC
Gray, WAR WITH
JAPAN (HMSO) and Naval Staff Histories for details of naval activities
in Indian Ocean.)
1 9 4 5
January Eastern Fleet
re-designated East Indies Fleet.
for operational service.
Ships of Division were taking part in preparatory exercises for planned
Did not take part in Akyab landings (Operation MATADOR)
out search for HM Submarine PORPOISE which was missing after minelaying
operation off Penang.
Submarine was later declared as lost on 16th.)
23rd Deployed with HM Destroyer
RAPID, HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE, NIGERIA and KENYA
65 to land Royal Marines on Cheduba Island south of Ramree, Burma.
(Operation SANKEY - See THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton and WAR WITH
25th HM Cruiser
PHOEBE, HM Escort Carrier AMEER, HM Destroyers NORMAN and
RAIDER, HM Frigates TEVIOT and SPEY
joined Assault Force.
26th Carried out
bombardment of assault area with HM Destroyers NORMAN, RAIDER and
On completion anchored off
Searle Point during unopposed landings.
30th Passage to
Trincomalee on release from SANKEY.
February Eastern Fleet duties in
continuation with Division.
9th Deployed with HM Destroyer
PATHFINDER for escort and support of Motor Launches,
Craft and Minesweepers during offensive operations in rivers estuaries at
Island to intercept
Japanese troops attempting evacuation. (Operation BLOCK).
attack by two HAMP-ZEKE aircraft and sustained slight damage.
HMS PATHFINDER received a direct hit and had to be withdrawn from BLOCK
operations after temporary repair.)
and destroyed evacuation craft. See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET.
22nd Returned to
March Deployment at
Trincomalee with Division in continuation.
April Preparation of
support of landings at Rangoon (Operation DRACULA).
Lt. Cdr Hewlett joined to relieve Lt. Cundell as commanding officer.)
26th Deployed as
escort for Fleet Oilers RFA OLWEN and EASDALE in Force 69 for
replenishment 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.
See above references for details of ships in Force 63.).)
completion of replenishment duty returned to Trincomalee with RFA OLWEN.
10th 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.)
5th Sailed from Trincomalee
with HM Destroyers TARTAR, ESKIMO, NUBIAN and PENN
65) to attack snipping between Nicobars and Sabang (Operation IRREGULAR).
7th Detached from Force 65 to
collect SOE party from Batu Island.
8th Patrolled off Batu Islands
until relieved by HMS PENN. Passage to Trincomalee.
July Preparation for
Fleet escort duty with Flotilla during planned operations.
These included minesweeping operations off Phuket Island as a diversion.
19th Deployed with HM
Destroyers ROTHERHAM, RACEHORSE, RAIDER and the 7th
Minesweeping Flotilla as screen for Force 63 units of East Indies Fleet.
Force 63 comprised HM Battleship NELSON, HM Cruiser SUSSEX, HM Escort
Aircraft Carriers EMPRESS and AMEER with above destroyers.
24th 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.
26th 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
from destroyers had been unsuccessful.
This type of air attack had not previously been used against East Indies
Trincomalee with Force 63 ships.
August At Trincomalee
preparing for landing in Malaya (Operation ZIPPER).
These were delayed at insistence of US government and problems relating to
UK of servicemen under PYTHON scheme.
Landings did not take place until after VJ Day.
See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET and
to Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Commander (HMSO).
Penang with screen for East Indies Fleet ships to support landings.
Passage from Trincomalee via Rangoon to be confirmed.)
3rd Secured alongside at Penang
during occupation by RM units.
8th Passage to Singapore.
9th Provided support during landings MORIB area near Port Swettenham
12th Ship's company took part in
formal surrender ceremonies by providing party for street lining.
Deployed at Singapore
for escort of relief convoys and support of repatriation and
for return to UK and took passage to Trincomalee.
October Prepared for return
20th Sailed from Trincomalee with
HM Destroyers TARTAR and NUBIAN.
Passage to Portsmouth with calls at Aden, Malta and Gibraltar.
18th Arrived at Portsmouth to pay
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS PALADIN was retained in
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 briefly for
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 25th October.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)
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