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black the rowels
Red within an annulet also
9 4 2
for service with 8th Destroyer Flotilla, Home
Build completion and
for work-up with Home Fleet
on completion of working-up.
Deployed with H M Destroyers QUADRANT and
MUSKETEER as screen for HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V and H M Cruiser
BERWICK providing Distant Cover
for Russian Convey
JW51A during passage to Kola Inlet.
of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS
TO RUSSIA by RA
by P Kemp, THE
by B Schoefield
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R
Ceased Distant Cover and remained in area with
Deployed with same
ships to provide
Distant Cover for passage of return Convoy
convoy had an uninterrupted passage as German
forces were carrying out
inward Convoy JW51B. See references.)
9 4 3
Deployed with HM Destroyers MONTROSE,
and the Polish destroyer ORP PIORUN as screen
for HM Cruiser
HM Battleships KING GEORGE V
and HOWE to provide Distant Cover
for passage of
returning Convoy RA51.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ECHO,
QUEENBOROUGH, MONTROSE and ORP PIORUN to
ANSON and HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD during provision of Distant Cover for
passage of Russian
with Flotilla based at Scapa Flow for screening and patrol duties.
for foreign service
for foreign service.
Joined military convoy WS27 with HM Battleship
MALAYA, HM Destroyers
QUAIL and WOLVERINE
as Ocean Escort during Atlantic passage.
Detached from WS27
on arrival at Freetown.
Rejoined WS27 with same ships for Ocean Escort
during passage to Durban.
Detached from WS27
on arrival at Durban.
at Durban for Indian Ocean
Joined military convoy WS28 with HM Destroyer
NAPIER as Ocean Escort during the
passage in Indian Ocean.
Detached from WS28 during passage
and returned to Durban.
Ocean convoy escort and patrol
duties in continuation!).
Nominated for return to
Home Fleet for support
of planned operations.
Passage to UK
with Hone Fleet and took passage to Gibraltar
for escort of major units
cover for allied landings in Sicily
Deployed as screen for HM Battleships NELSON,
RODNEY, WARSPITE and
HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE, FORMIDABLE,
PENELOPE, CLEOPATRA and EURYALUS with HM
QUEENBOROUGH, QUAIL, ISIS, FAULKNOR, ECHO, INTREPID,
FURY, INGLEFIELD, ILEX, TROUBRIDGE, TYRIAN,
PIORUN and Greek VASILISSA OLGA to provide
cover during allied landings
details of Sicily
operations see ENGAGE THE ENEMY
by C. BARNETT, THE NAVAL WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
by J Greene and A Massignani
duties in Mediterranean for support of military operations.
Part of screen for HM Battleships WARSPITE
and VALIANT with H M Destroyers
FAULKNOR, FURY, INTREPID, Greek
VASILISSA OLGA AND French
TERRIBLE which met Italian Fleet units on
passage to Malta
Deployed with HM Destroyers FAULKNOR,
and Greek VASILISSA OLGA to provide
cover during allied landings at
(Operation AVALANCHE. See above
Mediterranean Fleet and support
duties in continuation.
(Note: Did not take an active part in defence
of Aegean Islands.)
for service in Eastern Fleet with 11th
Took passage to join
Flotilla at Trincomalee. (Note:
HM Battleships QUEEN
and VALIANT, HM Battlecruiser
RENOWN, HM Aircraft Carrier
HM Cruiser SUSSEX
were also on passage to join
Eastern Fleet as
part of a
reinforcement agreed with USA.)
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by
WAR WITH JAPAN
9 4 4
Passage to Trincomalee.
(Note: When complete Flotilla comprised HM
Destroyers RACEHORSE, RAIDER
REDOUBT, RELENTLESS, ROCKET, ROEBUCK and
Prepared for Eastern Fleet
for convoy defence, interception, patrol and
for anti-submarine operations in conjunction
with aircraft and HM Sloop
off coast of
Assisted in capture of survivors from U852
which had been damaged in air attacks and
unable to dive.
Submarine had been abandoned after deliberate
grounding at Banda
50 m. south
See U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp
WAR WITH JAPAN.)
for Fleet duties with Flotilla.
Deployed with HM Destroyers QUALITY, QUILLIAM,
RACEHORSE, RELENTLESS and ROEBUCK
as screen for HMS
HM Cruisers GAMBIA, NIGERIA,
attacks en Port Blair in Andamans.
(Operation PEDAL - See WAR
for anti-submarine patrol and interception
Carried out search
for U537 with HMS RACEHORSE
submarine was on passage to Penang
with stores and equipment from
for use by
Joined Force 62 with
HM Destroyers RELENTLESS. ROTHERHAM,
RAPID, QUILLIAM, QUALITY and QUICKMATCH for
QUEEN ELIZABETH, VALIANT, French RICHELIEU, HM
and VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers CEYLON,
PHOEBE and Dutch TROMP during
passage in Indian
Ocean for air strikes and
bombardments at Sabang,
CRIMSON - See above references.)
Deployed with HMS PHOEBE and HMS ROEBUCK
as screen for HMS ILLUSTRIOUS
Joined Force 64 with HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM,
REDOUBT, ROEBUCK, RAPID,
and ROCKET as
screen for HM Battleship HOWE, HM Aircraft
and VICTORIOUS, HMS
CEYLON and HMS KENYA during air strikes on
of the airfield.
BANQUET. See above references.)
Took passage from
Deployed with screen
during air operations.
BANQUET it was discovered that HMS HOWE could
speed of 29 knots.)
Deployed with HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM,
REDOUBT, RAPID, ROCKET
and RELENTLESS as
screen for HMS VICTORIOUS, HMS INDOMITABLE
HOWE, HM Cruisers CUMBERLAND and KENYA
during air operations
in northern Sumatra
LIGHT. See above references).
Sailed from Trincomalee.
Planned fighter sweep cancelled due to adverse
(Operation LIGHT A).
Deployed with screen during
flights and air attacks
Returned to Trincomalee with Force 63.
Force 63 and allocated with HM Destroyers
and the Dutch VAN
GALEN as Group 2 for screening of HMS
during air attacks on shipping
by HMS INDOMITABLE
and HMS VICTORIOUS
MILLET. This was an Eastern Fleet diversionary
operation during the
US landings at Leyte.
See WAR WITH JAPAN for details
of Groups in Force 63.)
Took part in bombardment of targets in Malacca
area with ships of Group 2
Remained with HMS
RELENTLESS as screen for HMS SUFFOLK and HMS
when HMS NORMAN and Dutch VAN
GALEN detached for
bombardment of Car
Carried cut bombardment of targets at Car
Nicobar with HMS
and HMS QUEENBOROUGH.
Air attack on Force
intercepted by fighter aircraft from HMS
Took passage to return to
Trincomalee with Force 64 ships.
Transferred to East Indies Fleet with Flotilla
when Eastern Fleet reorganised on
British Pacific Fleet. Continued
in continuation with Flotilla.
Allocated with HM Destroyers RAPID and
as part of
Bombarding Force 61 during
planned assault on Akyab,
ships in Force were HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE,
PHOEBE and NIGERIA.)
Took passage to Chittagong
to join Force
9 4 5
and embarked assault troops for
passage to Akyab.
Took passage with HM Destroyer NAPIER and
HM Sloop SHOREHAM for assault
as part of Convoy
CHARLIE (Operation LIGHTNING.)
TALON cancelled as Japanese had evacuated Akyab.
Despatched to meet damaged submarine HMS
SHAKESPEARE escorted by
Took HMS SHAKESPEARE in
tow until relieved by HM Destroyer WHELP.
had been badly damaged in air attacks on 2nd..
Returned to Trincomalee
to resume support duties with East Indies
passage from Trincomalee as escort for HI
Escort Aircraft Carrier AMEER
to provide air
support for planned landings on the northern
part of Ramree
Deployed as screen for HMS AMEER during
air operations in support of landings by
4th British and 71st
Indian Brigades. See above references
(Note: Ships of
Bombarding Force included HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH,
PHOEBE, HMAS NAPIER and HM
Indian Sloop KISTNA.
also carried out
aircraft control duties.
Force designated Force 64.)
Provided cover during landings
Deployed with HMS AMEER, HMS PHOEBE, HMS
NORMAN, HM Frigates SPEY
and TEVIOT for
bombardment of Cheduba
south of Ramree
prior to landings
by Royal Marines.
SANKEY. See above references.)
(Note: This was
the only purely naval assault landing during
Cruisers NEWCASTLE, KENYA and NIGERIA
escorted by HM
PALADIN also took part.)
Deployed with HMS NORMAN
to land personnel on Sagu
south of Ramree.
coast deployment in continuation
with HM Destroyers NORMAN,
Returned to Akyab
for support duties with Flotilla.
deployment for screening, support and patrol
for convoy defence and patrol in Indian Ocean.
with Flotilla for interception of craft
evacuating Japanese from Indian
Ocean island garrisons and convoy defence.
for Fleet duties at Trincomalee.
Took part in preparatory
Fleet exercises for planned landings in Malaya.
execution of these landings was delayed by
Scheme for return of servicemen to UK
from SE Asia Command
after the end of
hostilities in Europe
See Final Report by
Supreme Commander SEAC
Deployed with HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM,
RACEHORSE and PALADIN as
screen for ships of
Force 63 covering mine clearance operations
by the 7th
Minesweeping Flotilla off
(Note: Force 63
included HM Battleship NELSON, HM Cruiser SUSSEX,
Carriers AMEER and EMPEROR.
See above references.)
During first day of Operation HM Minesweeper
SQUIRREL was mined and was
one of screening
Under attack by KAMIKAZE
aircraft on last day of Operation.
Minesweeper VESTAL was hit by a suicide
HMS RACEHORSE after
Last naval operation in
Deployed at Trincomalee pending approval
to carry out ZIPPER landings.
Sailed with East Indies Fleet ships to
Jurist delayed at US insistence pending main
Took passage to Penang
Remained off coast
pending approval to proceed with
Deployed at Sabang
with HMS NELSON and HMS LONDON during
provide details of minefields in Malacca
with Flotilla during initial
surrender of local forces.